3 Paint Tricks to Add Personality to Your Rooms

Find out how to go beyond the basic accent wall with these simple yet eye-catching room-painting techniques.

By Ande Waggener

 

How can paint perk up a room? Let me count the ways. Actually, let me not. Paint is such a powerful interior design tool that it can perk up a room in too many ways to count.

 

Simply changing a room’s wall color can completely transform the feel or the design style of a space. Even just adding an accent wall can introduce character that was lacking.

 

Paint is like a shot of adrenaline into a room when it adds contrast or interest that wasn’t there before. It doesn’t take a lot of paint to accomplish this shift either. When you use paint in creative and specific ways, you can turn your paintbrush into a magic wand.

 

Here are three interior design ideas for trim and accent wall inspiration.

 

1. Trim It

Accent wall or no accent wall? If you’re asking yourself this question, you’re obviously not committed to adding an accent color to a large expanse of your room. That’s fine. You can still let your paint and accent color play together via your trim.

 

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The color that you choose for your wall and door trim can have a powerful impact on a room. Because it covers a small area and requires very little paint, changing up trim colors is one of the easiest decorative wall painting techniques around.

 

This technique is especially cheap and simple when you confine it to just one door in your room. It also can pack a big design punch. Painting door trim in a bright accent color, for example, can bring boldness and balance into your space.

 

2. Shape It

Because geometric shapes in interior design can have such a profound effect on the emotional atmosphere of a space, painting shapes on your walls gives you a potent tool for controlling the tone of a room design.

 

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Interior wall painting designs in the form of triangles, for example, can add significant energy to a space. Use this type of pattern if you want to infuse fun and movement into your room.

 

Squares, on the other hand, generate the feel of strength and power. Developing a grid pattern on an accent wall, therefore, can be an ideal addition to a home office or a game room. This type of wall pattern can be a handy trick to “man up” a room that has softer colors like white or pale blue.

 

3. Stripe It

Stripes are one of the more common wall paint patterns. Understandably so. Painting stripes on an accent wall creates big-time pizzazz. Stripes are simply eye-catching. They also can achieve the illusion of height in a low-ceiling space.

 

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If you’re thinking about striping your walls, though, don’t limit yourself to traditional narrow stripes. The narrower your stripes are, the busier the effect you’ll get. This works fine in a larger room, but in a more confined area, rows of narrow stripes can be more annoying than interesting.

 

You can still use stripes in a small room. Just make the stripes wider. On one average-size wall, for instance, use no more than five stripes.

 

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Most striped walls have vertical or horizontal stripes. But don’t forget the diagonal. Turning your stripes to a 45-degree angle, or even combining them with some geometric shapes, musters up a modern design style via the paint alone.

 

With only a small amount of paint and time and a little imagination, you can use the above three painting techniques to jazz up any room in your home. Mix and match these paint ideas to come up with your own styles, and you’ll be enjoying what will feel like a new home in no time.

 

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