We think of walls as blank canvases waiting to be filled with color to come alive. How would you make that happen? And forget for a second the usual approaches. Cool painting ideas can come from the most unexpected and simple places so keep your mind open. If you want your walls to look cool and outstanding, you need more than just a single accent color or a roll of painter’s tape.
Instead of the usual stripes, try something different like waves. They’re more eye-catching and let you use more than two contrasting colors. You can freehand them and make the wall look like an abstract painting. A great way to connect all the other color accents you’ve used throughout the room.
And speaking of abstract paintings, here are some more ways in which you can turn your wall into one. They key is to forget about patterns and symbolic designs and to free yourself of anything that’s too specific. You can, of course, induce a mood or create a design reminiscent of something you love using colors and shapes.
This One Simple Paint Trick Will Totally Transform Your Home
When we want to give a room a solid refresh, our minds often go straight to a coat of colorful new paint: Which shade am I drawn to? How far down the color card am I comfortable going? Am I more of a Capri blue or a Surfin’ blue type of person?
And while paint is important, what comes next is more often an afterthought: the finish. (Eggshell, right? Is there another option?)
Actually, there is, and it’s not as elusive as you might think. Paint, meet lacquer—a high-impact, high-gloss finish that can completely transform the look of your walls and ceilings in one coat.
While it often gets an ultra-modern rep, lacquer can actually be applied in a variety of settings and atop a variety of shades, with the dynamite effect of reflecting natural light from the outdoors (a major score in a sunny beach home).
Lacquered surfaces can make a space feel brighter; like it’s literally glowing from within. On top of that, splashing lacquer atop deep, bold, or bright shades saturates them even more, so they’ll never look dull.
But lacquer isn’t reserved for statement shades. Apply the high-gloss finish over bright white, like on the kitchen cabinetry above, and it takes on a new role that jibes perfectly well at the beach. “By giving the kitchen surfaces a glossy finish, the kitchen takes on the subtle colors of the shoreline,” says architect Tim Barber.