In this blog post, we’ll explore 50+ wall painting ideas that extend beyond mere decor, delving into the realm of personal expression.
Picture this: as a young girl, I was privileged to be part of my family’s wall painting tradition. Every few years, my parents would embark on a transformative journey, and my brother and I eagerly joined the artistic endeavor.
One vivid memory stands out – over two decades ago, my mom and I chose a rich, dark sage green for our family room. Remarkably, that color still graces the walls today, an enduring testament to the power of shared moments. Painting walls isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s a family affair that etches lasting memories. Join me on this exploration of 50+ wall painting ideas that not only ignite creativity but also cultivate bonds and stories that span generations. Let’s paint a picture, not just on the walls, but in the heart of your home.
Wall Painting Supplies
Before you begin your wall painting journey, arm yourself with essential tools. An angled brush for corners, a flat brush for borders, rollers with a tray for efficiency, and interior paint with various finishes. Don’t forget primer if covering existing paint.
A fresh and unique idea for your dining room is making one of the walls a literal piece of art! Let the wall be your canvas and paint this beautiful landscape mural on a focal wall behind your dining table. This design is easy to do for any skill level too!
A great way to add some artistic flare to your room is by painting an accent wall with a simple geometric pattern. You can use basic masking tape to create clean lines and latex paint in complementing colors to fill in the shapes.
Working with a small room might seem challenging but sometimes you have to think outside the box. This fantastic idea uses the corner of a bedroom to place the bed and a funky mural right behind it to give it designer appeal.
Another simple yet dramatic way to spruce up an accent wall is to apply shiplap to the wall first. Shiplap create an interesting texture and lines that is easy to paint over. This example uses a dark charcoal color on the accent wall while the other walls are painted with a white.
If you want to add spashes of different colors on your wall, then this geometric pattern is an easy way to achieve that look. Use some simple painter's tape to create clean lines and paint each quadrant with your fave color combinations!
Wonder why kids are drawn to the concept of outer space? I think it's because kids have the most open imaginations and they enjoy thinking of what exists outside of our planet. Or maybe it's just cool! Either way, giving your kids a "space feel" to their rooms is wonderful idea that could spark inspiration.
Dark and saturated wall color gives a cozy and intimate feel to any room. Just know painting a small room with a dark color on every wall might make the room feel smaller than it actually is. Another option is to paint one feature wall with the bold color and the other walls a light color.
Painting horizontal stripes on a feature wall is an easy design to recreate that also gives a bold and dramatic look. Use masking tape to create crisp lines and then alternative between paint colors to mimic this beautiful design.
Chalkboard walls can be a very creative and unique wall painting idea. The great thing is you can use chalkboard paint on walls of any size: big feature walls, small walls in your hallway, angled walls, or even the backsplash in the kitchen. Once you painted your wall with chalkboard paint, you can then customize it with a quote thats meaningful to you or a simple doodles.
Ever get frustrated after spending time painting straight lines with masking tape, only to peel back the tape and see paint bleed lines? Well this awesome tip will make sure you'll never be disappointed with paint bleed lines ever again!
Paint a faux wallpaper wall design on your wall to give your space a cozy and charming vibe. Take a look at Ashley's step by step instructions on how she first sketches, designs and then paints out the modern pattern on her laundry room walls.
Want to turn a boring wall into a creative wall? Follow along with Erin's fabulous tutorial to learn how she used masking tape to meticulously create a breathtaking ombre hexagon wall that makes a big statement.
It just takes a fresh coat of paint with a nifty ombre design to add a cool-calmness to a room. Follow along with Ashley's brilliant idea for her teens bedroom where she'll guide you on how to recreate the look and also some cool storage and decor ideas and whole room tour.
If you have a bed without a headboard, why not paint it on your wall for an interesting and inexpensive architectural feature. Check out Tess's awesome tutorial to learn how to paint a nifty headboard that screams interior design!
The beauty with painting a wall with chalk paint it can bring an instant elegance to different areas of your home. Lindsey applied chalk paint to a feature wall right behind her toilet, to add a farmhouse rustic charm to her bathroom.
This is another innovative, and inexpensive way to paint a headboard to your walls. Follow along with Lindsey's tutorial where she'll show you how she applied an easy stick-on moulding to create the border of the headboard. She then simply painted it in with 2 coats of white paint.
Painting a creative wall with chalkpaint and painted on photo frames is a brilliant idea. It can spark artistic expression and give kids an outlet to explore. Check out Erin's detailed tutorial to find out how.
This has got to be one of the cheapest and easiest wall painting hacks I've come across. Learn how Erin took a blank wall and sketched out a gorgeous whimsical floral pattern with a simple pencil and water-based paint pen.
The great thing with painting walls is that they're much like a canvas, the sky is the limit with possibilities! One such possibility is color-blocking walls which is painting 2 different shades of paint on the same wall. All you need is your paint, a ruler and some painter's tape.
Picking color schemes can be a daunting task, especially if words like "complementary color" and "monochromatic" are not in your day to day vocab. Read this beginners guide that gives you tips and ideas on how to pick colors schemes that not only look good but that feel harmonious together.
Want some color in your life? First take some simple frog tape (or painter's tape) and stick on the geometric pattern. Then have fun filling in each triangle with different paint colors for a vibrant, punchy, colorful look.
Looking for a fantastic wall painting idea for your office space? Paint this this creative and meaningful mural like Rewind Backups did in their office. They asked their employees to send in inside stories and memories, and then commissioned local Ottawa artist Robert Lariviere to paint this mural.
If you have some interesting architectural features in a room, like this beautiful vaulted ceiling, you can highlight it with a bold color. This will bring attention to the unique shapes and lines of the feature, and will look like a piece of art itself.
Looking for colorful wall painting ideas for your kids rooms? Follow along with Anika's step by step tutorial where she harmoniously transforms her kids shared room with the perfect boy and girl sides.
White paint is probably the most classic of looks. It gives a clean, open feel to any room. It also serves as a canvas which you can add different colored hanging accents like frames, art, pictures, etc.
Create a warm, cozy and elegant look by using darker shades on your walls, like designer Lauren Ashley did for her clients living room. She used reds' complementary color, green, as curtain accents to elevate this look.
Adding a vibrant, punchy citrus yellow color on a feature wall is a great way to bring some energy into a room. Pair this bright color with neutrals like beige, grey and even wood tones to add some calm.