Stroke of Art: Paint Finishes, Effects And Patterns

Paint finishes and patterns can take interior decor to a whole new level! Walls are wasted vertical space that can be put to good use to enhance and unify decor in a room. Faux finishes can be used to make a wall look like fabric or marble or achieve a vintage look, the choices are endless. 

The best part? This is an inexpensive decorating technique! So go ahead and give all your room an instant makeover with these painted strokes!

 Fun Stripes 

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Stripes can be painted horizontally, vertically or diagonally across a wall, you can even vary the width of the stripe for added effect. Do remember vertical stripes make walls look higher, while horizontal stripes widen a room optically. Create a subdued contrast with two shades or use multiple colors for a fun look, and for a classier finish, use glossy paint stripes over matte finish paint of the same color.

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Subdued beige and white stripes create a soft mood in this bedroom

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Stripes in shades of red and pink add pop to a girls bedroom

Do The Polka 

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Pastel polka dots in a little girls dream room

Welcome a baby girl into the house by painting her nursery with shiny polka dots. Polka dots can be fun and colorful or subtle and subdued. They're a perfect choice for a bright kitchen or a kids room.

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Shiny silver dots in a nursery

Stencil Art 

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Use a stencil to create an eye catching pattern

 Use stencils to paint on interesting patterns on the empty canvas of your walls! All you need to do is pick a stencil that reflects your style and matches the decor in your room, and you can dress up any plain wall!

 Motif-y

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The pattern stenciled on a white base creates an accent wall to echo the fan shaped chair 

Paint shapes and designs in a combination of different shades and textures to create interesting  walls. Pick a motif from your existing decor and replicate it on the walls to bring the decor together or echo the shape of furniture and décor items in a room.

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Textured squares painted on the wall echo the angular decor in the room

 Chalk It Up

Ditch the post its, use your walls for messages! The chalkboard wall is a fun way to personalize your walls. Never feel bored again, wake up to a new message each morning!

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Scribble personal messages or notes to self on a chalkboard wall

Everything That Shines

Emulate royalty by painting an accent wall in a metallic hue of gold or silver to achieve a regal look. The shimmering effect reflects the light for instant glamour. Touch of gold anyone?

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A regal gold wall in an opulent room

Glitter It Up

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A glitter wall can dress up the room

How about introducing some glitter to the room without burning a hole in your  pocket? A glitter wall will transform the way your room looks. It can be a simple weekend DIY project, all you need is a plain wall, one coat of adhesive and a light dusting of glitter.

Sophisticated Stone

Different paint effects on the walls are really in vogue. Paint can be used to create the look of marble, industrial concrete, etc. There are dedicated paints made by various manufactures to recreate several looks.

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Faux marbling technique for unique walls

The marble patterns created with paint on the walls are stunning and realistic but cost a fraction of the real thing!

 Texture Time

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A brush and sponge are use to create a textured wall finish

There are a variety of textures that can be created with paint. Different brushes and tools are used to create a tangible physical texture in the surface of the paint for a subtle design touch to your interiors.

Good Ol’ Denim

Denim never goes out of fashion! In its newest avatar denim has made a foray into interiors as well. Give your walls a denim effect finish for a young a fresh look. Perfect for the boy’s room!

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Denim is always in fashion

Go Vintage!

The ironic thing about vintage is that it just never grows old! A vintage distressed wall effect is ageless and can highlight beautiful antique furniture and art in a room.

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A vintage wall is a backdrop for furniture and art

There really is no excuse anymore for plain boring walls! Up your style quotient by using one of these fabulously easy ideas for dramatically expressive walls!

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