Accenting With Paint

January 28, 2016

By Tab Byrum

We continue to look at accent walls today and the different ways you can treat that one or more than one wall in a room that will make them stand out and make us smile every time we enter a room and today we are going to look at what can be done with paint.


Paint is one of the easiest, quickest and least expensive ways to change the way a room looks, every color you can think of is available and if you paint something a color and don’t like it you can always paint over it. Today there are so many ways to spice up our walls with paint along with a little help from painter’s tape you can achieve stripes, arrows, random shapes and the list goes on and on. The only thing that limits what you can accomplish with paint is your imagination, here’s a peek at some ideas of accent walls done up with paint, Enjoy!!!


Stripes are always a very effective paint treatment and actually fairly simple to accomplish. Paint your wall the basecoat color and the color you want your stripes to be, then tape off the areas you want to be the basecoat colored stripe and paint the new color over the rest of the wall missing the areas that are to be the stripes. 


I love this idea of bringing in one of your accent colors in a room and painting panels on your walls in that color. Again, painter’s tape comes in handy here, paint your room the basecoat color you want it to be,  then measure and tape off the panel areas with tape and fill in the center of the taped off areas in the accent color. 


I really may have to give this painted on Buffalo Plaid idea a try. Wouldn’t this be great in an office or a child’s room? Just think about blue or green plaid in a boys room and purple or pink for a girl’s room. The black in this photo is so cool and would look awesome anywhere, especially an office or powder bath. 


These mountains could easily be achieved with painter’s tape, paint the wall the lighter color then tape off the straight lines of the mountain outline and fill in with the darker color.


Of course, you don’t have to always implement shapes and angles to make a painted wall look interesting. Here a beautiful color of blue is pulled from the pillows on the bed and the artwork and used to brighten the wall the bed sits against.


As a kid and teenager, I was a doodler and this reminded me of the doodles I used to do with lots of intersecting straight lines. You can achieve this again with panter’s tape applied to the wall after it’s been painted the base color which will end up being the color of the lines between the shapes. Before removing the tape go back and fill in the shapes with your colors then remove the tape. I love how this wall is done in different shades of gray. 


There are lots and lots of overlays available that will help you create beautiful images on your walls, this pic gives you an idea of how simple it is. 


I’ve recently realized I have a thing for arrows, not sure why but I do and I found this paint treatment which is achieved again using painter’s tape to create the arrow patterns on the wall, VERY COOL.

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