5 Unexpected Ways to Use Paint at Home

By: Casey Gerber

February 22, 2017

Photo via Home Stratosphere


There’s nothing quite like that instant ego boost after a good salon visit. Somehow, getting your locks layered with color and your nails perfectly manicured just makes you feel so much more put together. So when it comes to the home, what’s the equivalent to this fresh feeling? A paint job, of course! From decking your walls in uncommon color combos to experimenting with stenciling, see how we’re mixing up more than just paint here!


1. Dress your doors in dual tones: We’ve known about the optical illusion of painting your walls two different tones at the chair rail for a while, but now we’re all about letting your doors in on the fun. Take an artful approach by choosing shades from the same color spectrum like the look on the left, or make a bold statement with contrasting midnight blue and white as seen on the right.

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via Elle Decor / Little Green Notebook

2. Emphasize your kitchen island with color: The latest trend in kitchen design is all about bright white cabinets paired with a colorful kitchen island. Giving your island a fun paint job helps to break up the stark look of all-over white and is a great place to incorporate a sense of personality.

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via House Of Jade Interiors Blog / Decorpad

3. Make it picture-perfect with stencils: Gone are the days of nature motifs whimsically painted across our walls. Today, we’re turning our attention to less obvious ways in which we can add a little decorative touch. Think: underneath the stairs or in place of floor tiles. In industrial spaces like the one on the left, fashion and function collide in an effortlessly cool way.

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via Hearth and Made / Lonny

4. Go crazy with color blocking: This boldly beautiful use of paint isn’t for the faint of heart. And if you want to make a big statement without going broke on decor, turn up the volume with playful, color blocked walls.

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via The Design Chaser / Mural: Gloria Zein. Photograph: Richard Bryant

5. Accentuate your ceiling with color: We’ve been big fans of accent walls ever since we were first allowed to paint our childhood bedrooms a vibrant hue. By elevating its position to the ceiling, the traditional accent wall gets a major, much-needed revamp. Though we don’t recommend going all out with a cloud-covered mural, we think that a bright pop or moody shade does wonders in an otherwise simple space.

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via Courtney Burnett for Dave Fox Design Build on MyDomaine / 47 Park Avenue on MyDomaine

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