Are you one of the 75% of homeowners planning a home improvement project within the next few months but not sure where to start?
Painting is always a good jumping-off point if you want maximum bang for your buck and a quick result. If you think that seems obvious and boring, think again.
You needn’t stick to monochromatic color schemes and standard colors when you repaint your home.
Take a look at these creative ways to paint walls and give every room a lift.
1. The Ombré Effect
Blending colors from dark to light is the best way to paint interior walls if you want to create a restful ambiance.
Depending on the shades you choose and whether you blend from top to bottom or side to side, you can create various effects. For instance, tones of pink and orange from the roof to floor can mimic the sunrise, while blue tones give an underwater impression.
You can even take it a step further by using extra paint techniques, like sponging, in conjunction with the ombré effect.
2. Raw Silk for a Luxurious Finish
The best way to paint a wall if you want to achieve this effect is by using a China bristle brush and some extra-course steel wool.
Start with a roller and the color of your choice and let it dry. Then mix satin-finish latex paint with acrylic glazing liquid and water in a ratio of 1:1:2 and paint over your original color using the China bristle brush.
Lastly add a layer of tinted glaze, using the brush, and then roll the steel wool up in the opposite direction, starting at the top edge. The proper way to paint a wall using this technique is to smooth the paint as you go along.
3. Get Experimental With Shapes
There are so many different ways to paint walls using shapes. You can use stencils, patterned rollers, and paint pens to create the designs of your choice.
You can try gingham patterns, murals, or geometric designs depending on the type of room you’re painting. You needn’t stick to designs either, you can paint an oversize clock on the wall, or use chalkboard paint to create a canvas for ever-changing designs.
4. Be Inventive With Painter’s Tape
Likewise, there are plenty of cool ways to paint a wall using painter’s tape as a guide. You can opt for colorful two-tone stripes, or add a third color for extra effect.
When you tear the bottom of the tape before painting over it, you get an interesting jagged pattern.
5. Creative Ways to Paint Walls With One Color
Single color walls needn’t be dull. Rather use your imagination to go far beyond the usual white or beige tones.
Stormy colors add emphasis to a room, while a pop of bright color creates an attractive focal point. No rule says every wall must match either.
You can see how one blue wall adds interest to a room on this Portland Painters website.
Bring Your Home to Life
There’s no limit to the creative ways to paint walls you’ll come up with if you set your imagination free. Have fun with your DIY projects and create a unique, characterful home that lets your personality shine through.
For more ideas on how to add appeal to your home, keep browsing the DIY section of our website.