DIY Home Interior Design

Inspiring paint projects to update your home

The current worldwide situation has a lot of people spending endless hours in their home and thinking about ways they can update or improve it. The easiest way to do this is with paint. It’s cheap, it’s quick and if it doesn’t work out you can always paint over it.

The main thing here is not to take it too seriously. I know from experience if you build it up in your head you will never start. I am not an artist, so I’ve only carried out paint projects that involve straight lines and colouring in the gaps!

Once you have painters tape, an idea of what you want to achieve and a few tester pots you will be amazed at what you can do.

Paint half a wall

Ever if you don’t have a period property with a dado rail, picture rail or other architectural feature you can still update your home by painting part of the wall. All you need is paint and painters tape. You can go half way or three quarters of the way up the wall. It’s a very quick update and makes a statement.

This is the half wall I’ve painted in the girls bedroom to update and highlight this space between the built-in wardrobes. It’s a reading nook and gives just enough colour to this space.

Pink painted half wall in girls bedroom to update our home from Style At No.5
Image credit Style At No.5

This example from Fall for DIY is in their home office. It adds interest to the room without overpowering all the other accessories they have on display. The mint green is very much on trend and is similar to Dulux’s colour of the year 2020 – Tranquil Dawn.

Fall for DIY office makeover with half painted green wall
Image credit Fall For DIY

Paint an archway

If you want to add interest to an archway or small section of wall you can paint on a geometric pattern . You just use some painters tape to mark out the pattern and paint it. This is the pattern I painted on the archway from our kitchen to our playroom. I used a few tins of leftover paint. You can read about how I created it here.

Geometric painted archway to update our home from Style At No.5 Interior Design
Image credit Style At No.5

Paint the door and skirting boards

If you want to make an impact in a room another idea is paint the inside of the door and the skirting boards in the same colour as the room. Alternatively you could paint them in a contrasting colour.

Here I’ve painted the walls, skirting and door the same blush pink as the walls. Our bedroom isn’t very large. Painting them the same colour makes the space feel bigger because your eye is not drawn to the white door and skirting board. I may even paint the ceiling in here!

Update to our bedroom by painting the door and skirting board in blush pink
Image credit Style At No.5

In this home Kingston Lafferty Design have gone for a bold blue to contrast with the rich aubergine colour in the hall. As you can see from this picture the idea is to paint the lock edge of the door the same colour as the room you are going into.

Go bold with this dramatic paint job from Kingston Lafferty Design
Image credit Kingston Lafferty Design

Paint the ceiling

If you have a period property and want to do something a little bit different you can use the fifth wall, i.e. the ceiling. Frieda in Dublin has gone for a gorgeous warm terracotta shade on her ceiling which works really well with her mid-century styling. When you have a high ceiling don’t be afraid to go dramatic and paint it a darker shade than the walls.

Frieda's painted ceiling in her Sitting Room which updates and modernises the room
Image credit Philip Lauterbach

Zone an area

One simple idea is to use your paint is to highlight a corner of your room to zone a bed, desk or seating area in a room. It’s an effective way to make a statement without painting the whole room.

You can keep it simple and paint around a noticeboard or a piece of art just to add a splash of colour to the room. This highlights a specific area and draws attention to it as in this student rental property in Limerick.

Another option would be to take the paint further up the wall and zone the corner where your desk sits. This example here from Remade with Love shows you how it can be done.

Desk area painted to zone the room, from Remade with Love.
Image credit Remade with Love

Or you could highlight a cot in a corner of the room like Aimee does in this nursery.

Painted corner in a nursery from House of Waffle
Image credit House of Waffle

Design on a chalkboard

If however you are a talented artist and want to showcase your skills you can follow the example of Theresa Gromski. You can use your chalk board or chalk wall to create an amazing picture. The beauty here is you can update and change this whenever you like.

Theresa Gromski painted chalk wall
Image credit Theresa Gromski

Paint a mural

A more complex undertaking is to go all out and paint a mural on the wall.

You can make it as simple or complex as you like. You could try colour blocking with large shapes and blocks of colour like this example from Three Six Nine.

Three Six Nine mural block painted walls in Kitchen
Image credit Three Six Nine

Or you can go more abstract with different shapes and styles but in a complementary palette like Abbey Chiavario has done.

Mural painted by Abby Chiavario in her kitchen to update her home using paint
Image credit Abbey Chiavario

If you’re feeling brave and want to embrace a room of colour you can try your hand at something like this, created by Rachael Jackson. Rachael is the absolute queen of murals and you will be blown away by some of her creations. She showcases them on Instagram and on her website.

Rachel Jackson mural @banyanbridges on Instagram which updates the Sitting Room
Image credit Rachael Jackson

All the colours of the rainbow

Finally if you have time and the creativity be inspired by Gill who has created a magical rainbow wonderland in her home in Limerick.

Rainbow colours to update this home from Gill in Adare, Limerick
Image credit Rowans Rainbow

I hope you found some inspiration here and some ideas that you can try to brighten up your home. As I said, even painting a small corner of your home can make a big difference to the space. And it’s only paint so you can always paint over it.

What do you think? Have you been inspired to get your paint brushes out? Let me know in the comments below. Sign up to my newsletter to keep up to date on any of my future paint projects.

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