Paint effects are back. No, we’re not talking ’90s-style rag rolling or stencilled borders (who could forget those?), but simple DIY painting ideas to update your rooms with colourful, creative ideas. Think ombré, soft two-tone details and even watercolour prints. The added benefits? Each project can be done in less than a weekend and won’t hurt the budget.
7 DIY painting ideas that will update your home in a flash:
Cut it in half
Painting the bottom half of a bland wall is a great way to add colour – and character – to a space without going too far. Use masking tape to give the line a crisp finish. For a more contemporary look, create a striking contrast by introducing an accent shade against white walls.
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Simply made from an MDF circle and planks (you can get these cut to size at a DIY store), this is a pretty (and cheap) way to create a display in a living area or bedroom. Paint it white and use tester pots in lighter shades than your wall colour to paint gradated stripes. But don’t load the shelves with too many books and knick-knacks – let the colour show through between items.
If you don’t know what to do with leftover paint, why not use it to make more of a favourite painting or print? Use masking tape to mark out a square border 8-10cm bigger than your frame, remove the picture, and colour the square in with paint. Remove the tape and when the paint’s dry, rehang the picture. So easy!
You can also paint a large picture frame to create a place where all your kid’s artwork can be hung up.
Use paint, shapes and furniture to define certain sections in an open-plan space. For a dining area with a circular table, paint a circle in a shade that tones with the main wall colour. This trick can also be used for a designated home office zone – try painting a rectangle on the wall to match the desk.
Start by painting the treads to match your other woodwork, then choose a paint chart in a colour you love and get tester pots in as many shades as you have stairs. Start with the darkest at the bottom and work up, using a lighter shade on each riser.
Be bold with your brush
Want colourful walls, but don’t want to overdo it? Keep the base of the wall a neutral colour like white, then use a roller to paint the bottom half of the walls in a darker colour, finishing the top edge with rough upward strokes of a paintbrush. This is also a great trick for making your ceilings seem higher – keep the ceiling colour the same lighter shade as the base of your walls.
Blend it in
You don’t have to go overboard when it comes to adding some colour to a child’s room. Go for a tone on the walls that can grow with your kids but that’s not overwhelming, and then use the ombré effect to create a space for play – and rest. Using three shades of the same colour, paint the whole wall in the palest shade, then paint the middle horizontal section in the medium shade. For the lower third of the wall, use the darkest shade of paint. Finally, mix the light shade with the medium, and the dark with the medium, then use a dry brush to blend each of the sections.