20+ creative ways to use paint around your home
A recent poll found that many of us have been undertaking previously overlooked DIY tasks in our homes and more money has been spent in the last 5 months on our home decor, given that we spend so much time indoors. If you want to get your home ready for winter and you're looking for a creative way to add colour and character to your space, then have a look at these examples of how to transform your home with just paint.
1. Scallop effect around the door frame
French Interior Designer Pierre Yovanovich gave us yellow scallop effect door frames and since then the interiors enthusiasts have been going crazy for the trend. We kind of prefer the fluid, free-hand effect also featured in 2LG Studio's Perry Rise Designer House but if you are all about proportions then you will need more than a steady hand and a plate to mark your circles with a pencil first. Check how At Home with Ashley painted her scalloped door.
2. Scallop effect close to the ceiling
If your home is blessed with high ceilings, you will want to try this. Why stop around the door frame when you can create the scallop effect all around your home as Studio 2LG have so cleverly done during lockdown ?
3. Paint the wall and door in the same colour
Not one for the faint hearted ! We recommend you use a visualizer app (Dulux have a reliable app that is free to use) before trying this paint trick in your home. The results when you do end up painting your door and walls in the same colour ? Sophistication, minimalism and making your room feel a lot bigger.
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4. Paint the inside of the door arch/ frame in a bold colour
We can think of nothing better than a neon coloured painted inside of a door frame or arch. This clever way to enforce separation of rooms works where there is no door altogether and can make the space feel very contemporary.
5. Paint the ceiling of a long corridor in a different colour
Somehow this blue door looks mighty sinister in its dark colour, but fear not. This paint trick just draws the eye to end of the corridor and creates interest while the rest of the crisp white doors let the light in.
6. Paint part of the corridor in a different colour
if you want to add a splash of colour and you want more than your door to be highlighted, you can paint part of the corridor in a bold hue while leaving the rest of it in a contrasting colour or plain white.
7. Colour block around the room
Colour blocking can have a tremendous effect in your room, but must be used sparingly to avoid overwhelming you and your home guests. If the house is already over-furnished, you may only want to use colour blocking to create flow between rooms. It can also serve as an alternative to adding lots of art on your walls.
8. Use paint to connect spaces
You can also create flow by painting the inside of a door frame in a colour used in the next room.
9. Paint stripes on the ceiling
This paint effect will require strong hands and patience. We recommend you get a professional in. Lots of decorators paint will also be needed (always get the best or paint will bleed through it).
10. Paint arches
Painted arches is fast becoming another trend. A steady hand is also needed for this rather simple paint trick. To define your arch, tie a long piece of string around a pencil and define where the middle of the diameter of your 'circle' will be. Nail the string to the centre of the circle and then draw the upper half of it.You will need to paint with a small brush close to the edge before filling in with paint in the inner part of the arch. See a full HOW TO PAINT AN ARCH tutorial here.
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11. Paint the inside of an awkward nook in a different color
This could be a walk-in wardrobe, a nook for reading or even a pantry space that you can see through from your kitchen. Whatever the space, if it is small and seems to be serving a different purpose to the rest of the room, then you can define it with some paint !