Need some new ideas for those blank boring walls in the interior of your home? Want to make a creative statement with your home’s interior paint? Need some themes, aesthetics, and décor schemes that can make your space stand out? The following are some patterns, textures and art ideas to inspire you to create visual interest in your rooms, through the use of paint.

  • Ombre walls: An ombre wall treatment is a decorative effect starting with a single paint colour and gently transitioning into another, creating a dreamy, water-coloured effect as it covers the spectrum between two or more colours. Bring in the cool of the ocean with a turquoise ombre wall design. Add sea-themed accents in glass and gold. Capture the magic of dusk with a sunset ombre effect. Start with sky blue at the top, follow with blush, then with warm honey orange and end with salmon at the bottom. It’ll make your room warm, bright and mesmerizing.  Want to do the ombre wall but can’t achieve the seamless blend? Try graded ombre, an easier and simpler version of this delightful paint trick.
  • Geometric Designs are cool, modern and eye-catching, complementing modern home interiors. Pick your favourite colour palette and paint random shapes in different shades. Paint a plain grey wall with diagonal lines of different thicknesses and shades to create a trendy upbeat vibe. Consider pastel geometrics for an understated, elegant look. Try geometric designs in the living room or family room. 
  • Vertical Divide: If you have a space that serves two purposes (a living room/dining room or home office/ family room combo) you can use paint to divide the room visually. Choose a point on the wall where you want to separate the space and create a vertical line with painter’s tape. Choose shades that are complementary to achieve a minimalistic look. Try decorative moulding to give your wall a more finished look and add décor pieces that pick up the colour theme. Achieve a sleek, modern creative vibe while creating the illusion of a tall ceiling and separate spaces.
  • Murals add tranquillity to wall décor, evoking peace and quiet. Consider a cherry blossom branch, a forest, blue mountains or a shaded wood. This wall treatment works well in bedrooms, baths or a music room. 
  • Gingham Style gives a wall idyllic charm and a rustic vibe. To achieve the look, carefully study the shades of a favourite gingham cloth, plan the painting and keep the lines straight. You’ll need three or more complementary shades to complete the design.
  • Watercolour wall: Try something a little more abstract, using an actual painting technique. Blend colours for a captivating, extraordinary look. Keep the rest of the room muted so as not to overwhelm the overall design. Pick your favourite colour and dilute it with water to achieve the fading effect. No rules for this design, just have fun.
  • Brushed bristle effect: Want a visual texture on your walls? Use a wicker broom to create very thin brushed lines, pulling the bristles of the broom down the wall from the ceiling to the floor before your paint fully dries.
  • Poem stanza wall: Create large lovely word art directly on your wall. Choose a beautiful cursive font and a meaningful quote and stencil it above the bed like a second headboard.
  • Patterned roller painting: Patterned rollers have little designs and pictures moulded into their surface, similar to a stamp. These tools are a great way to create a small, detailed pattern uniformly. 
  • Chevrons: A chevron is an inverted V-shaped pattern. The best wall for this treatment is the first wall you see as you walk into a space. Select a minimum of two colours for the chevron pattern. Determine your repeating pattern, and how many up and down segments you want to see. Draw the pattern from the center of the wall out so it remains equal on both sides of the wall. Using a high-quality painter’s tape, tape off your chevron pattern. Get painting! You may have a few touch-ups to do with a small brush afterwards.
  • Denim Faux Finish: This is a great paint idea to add texture and interest to an upscale wall on a budget! Looks like grasscloth or real denim jeans! Check YouTube for tutorials. 
  • Colour washing: Create an inky appearance by applying a glaze over your paint colour using a soaked rag/sponge in a circular motion. Make sure your paint has an eggshell finish as a flat finish will absorb the glaze before you can spread it. 
  • Half-painted walls (also called two-tone painted walls or split-painted walls) are a great way to fake architectural detail. Use a darker colour on the bottom half of the wall and a lighter colour on the top, continuing this shade onto the ceiling This makes the ceiling look higher. Paint the top colour first, then measure the height of the bottom hue using a laser level to create a smooth line with painter’s tape. Have fun with different colour combinations, injecting personality and creating a dynamic space.

Other interior features to pump up with paint:

  • Renew your doors by switching up the colours. Paint your interior doors a cheerful hue. Try a different colour on each side! Giving worn doorknobs a fresh coat of paint makes your room look neater, tidier, and well-maintained. Make a great impression with a bright, welcoming front door colour.
  • Restore cabinet interiors: Add a little personality to your cabinets with a coat of paint on the interior. Choose a shade that accentuates the room’s colour scheme and provides a pop of colour when you open them. Don’t forget the cabinets in your bathrooms, laundry room and storage area.
  • Revive those drawers with only a small quantity of paint. Coat the sides with a vibrant hue that provides an unexpected bit of fun when you open them.
  • Don’t forget the window trim, baseboards and door frames: Windows can be accented with more than blinds, drapes and curtains. Baseboards and door frames don’t have to be white! Painting trim is an effective and affordable way to create contrast.
  • Revitalize a fireplace with whitewash or give a dated brick fireplace a cozy makeover with paint and glaze.
  • Revamp bathroom tile without the work of ripping out and replacing it. Paint is a cost-effective solution to transforming your tile. There are several special paints for the job. Try navy blue, hunter green, or black.

With a little imagination, artistry and paint you can create interest and drama in your home’s interior! Use these paint ideas and designs and instantly transform your space from humdrum to fabulous. Not up for the challenge? Not great with paint and a brush? Talk to your residential painter. They have the knowledge, skills, tools and experience to help you make your home’s interior shine. 

Need help creating an interesting interior space? Want a paint job that looks great for a long time? Need the help of a professional residential painting company? Call the Calgary residential painting experts, Cal Res Coatings at (403) 917-0556. We have experience with exterior and interior painting. We’re a residential painting contractor that strives for quality, has an eye for detail and colour, and will not rest until your job is done to your satisfaction. Request a free quote today.

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