Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
A while ago we posted on DIY paint ideas for walls and were delighted to see how popular that post was, so today I’m posting a few more DIY ideas on how to personalize and “colourize” your home walls with paint.
“Ombre” or dip-tie-dye effects (like the one above) are very much on trend and are extremely simple to replicate. Opt for two to three shades of colour (for instance: white, pale blue, indigo) and apply these in graduating bands to the desired wall. Then you can use a sponge or brush to “bleed” the colours into one another while the paint is still wet. A sponge will yield a more film-like effect, while the brush will yield a more painterly effect (as above).
DIY Paint Ideas for Walls
I’m surprised to find myself favouring these pink paint ideas. Don’t get me wrong, I like the colour, but it’s certainly not my go-to colour for spaces. However, these circular stencil ideas in both the mutes and bright hues are really fun and appropriate in the respective spaces of living room (muted) and bedroom (bright). If the idea of placing circular stencils is too much of an ask, you can simply do a two-tone effect, as in the last image in soft powdery pinks.
Sticking with powdery pinks: I LOVE a cherry blossom – simply LOVE them. Definitely a feminine decal, which is perfect for boudoir spaces and dressing alcoves.
Of course, some more unisex and brighter paint effects would be like those ones above: Chevrons and geometric shapes are fun, bold statements for hallway spaces, and you have so many options to create the effect with varying degrees of DIY difficulty. The first image is fairly easy to recreate and simply entails creating a sponge stencil in the shape of a triangle; the second is definitely better-suited for the DIY fanatic as opposed to the novice!
For the second idea, you’ll need to get hold of some plywood diamonds which will double as stencils for the painted bits and also part of the layered effect… and you’ll have to keep your head about you as you paint in the shapes. The first image was from vintagerevivals.com which I highly recommend for more fresh ideas on how to make-over rooms.
Strictly speaking, these last two ideas are not so much paint ideas as they are transfer and decoupage ideas, but I couldn’t resist throwing them into this post. Alphabet stencils are really easy to get hold of (just pop into any Typo store and you’ll find a selection of plain and printed options). The paper decoupage idea may be a little more challenging to execute and will require a visit to a craft store to get your hands on a rainbow selection of coloured cardboard; then simply arrange to your heart’s desire with some mirror-tape on the selected wall.
Happy wall-decorating, folks! 🙂