Painting your house is a pretty popular DIY project homeowners take on. A new paint color in a room can really change things up and the cost is minimal when compared to other remodeling projects. It’s a low-risk way to spruce things up and make your home feel exciting and on-trend. Even if you ended up disliking the paint job it’s easy to fix.
When you’re getting ready to make a change and paint a room in your home you probably spend at least a little time wondering what is popular right now or what techniques you should use. Home design shows on channels like HGTV have made interior design changes a hot topic that homeowners love to see and test out.
If you’re getting ready to paint a room in your home, there are a lot of great design trends and tricks you can find online. Everything from commercial painting tips you can steal and use at home to trends that are hot and popular right now are at your fingertips. Here are five of those awesome painting ideas you can use for your own home.
1. Geometric Walls
Walls don’t have to be solid colors any longer. New trends are coming out and geometric designs on an accent wall in your living room or bedroom are especially popular right now. You can embrace this design idea by taping off shapes with painter’s tape and using a complementary color pallet to paint each section a different color.
This look probably wouldn’t be great for an entire room. It’s likely to be a little bit too busy to take over every wall in your living room, for example. You’ll also want to plan out the design carefully and make sure you’re picking colors that work well together and within your room. If your colors clash or don’t pull the room together it will just end up looking sloppy and poorly done.
You’ll also want to make sure you’re using good paint and painter’s tape. Subbing either of those out for cheaper options will result in lines that aren’t as clean or paint that looks a little patchy. Because the design is going to rely on crisp lines and be tough to touch-up you need to use the right tools the first time around to make it work.
2. Paint Smaller Areas for Big Change
It’s okay if you don’t want to take on painting a whole room. If you still want a change and you don’t want to spend the time and effort on a huge project, you can still make your home look fresh with smaller changes. You just have to get a little creative about what you’re going to paint and what colors you’re going to use.
You can paint things like the window frames in your home to create a lively look. You’ll want to choose a bolder color for maximum effect with this idea. If you choose something like white or cream, you just aren’t going to get much of a change in the room. Cover smaller areas with metallic, neon, or jewel tones instead.
If painting window frames isn’t your thing you can still paint smaller areas to have a big impact. Consider painting the inside of your front door to change things up in your living room, or painting light fixtures in your bedroom for a new and unexpected look. The general idea here is just to go small but think big.
3. Painting Tile Floors
Painting doesn’t have to be limited to your walls, especially lately. If you have tile flooring in your bathroom or kitchen that’s looking dingy or worn you can paint it for a new look. Pinterest is full of suggestions on the best ways to paint a tile floor and you can find some great inspiration there if you’re giving this idea some serious thought.
If you choose to paint your floor remember to put a lot of effort into researching how to best prep the floor to make sure the paint actually sticks around for more than a day or two. This will definitely change up how your room looks but it won’t erase the need to replace tile at some point. Still, if you are dying for a fresh perspective and on a limited budget, painting the tile can be something you really enjoy for a few years.
4. Test Out Chalk Paint
Chalk paint dries down to make any wall a chalkboard and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great addition to a kid’s room or even in your kitchen. You can use it as a place to make grocery lists or let your kids go nuts drawing on the wall (just make sure it’s only chalk in their little hands). No matter where you put chalk paint it’s going to bring a touch of whimsy to the room.
This is another chance to use a small change for a big impact. You don’t need to cover a whole wall or room in chalk paint. You can section off a small area in the spot you think you’d actually use it. Lower down for kids to draw on or near the fridge for grocery lists. Whatever you decide to try out this paint on is sure to be a talking point when you’re showing it off to friends.
5. Dark Walls
This is something that’s not for everyone but if you’re ready for a big dramatic change you can give this trend a try. Dark accent walls are extremely popular in all kinds of home decor options right now. You can go for the full effect and use black or opt for something a little less unexpected and try a deep purple instead.
Keep in mind that dark walls making a room look smaller is mostly a decorating myth, but this trend is still only showing up mainly as an accent wall. This one might take a lot of effort to cover up so make sure you love the color before you get started. A test swatch would be a great idea before going all-in on this particular trend. If you love the swatch, go for it and embrace the dramatic look. It’s a daring room makeover you’ll definitely want to show off.
Painting your home should be at least a little bit of fun. It’s a good way to test out those design trends you’ve been curious about. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to do a little prep work and clean up to make sure the job looks as polished as possible. As long as you put in a good amount of overall effort you’re bound to love the end results. Good luck and happy decorating!