Add some oomph to your space: Painted Accent

By , on August 13, 2013


Most people prefer to decorate their flats with paint rather than wallpaper because they find the act of installing wallpaper too tedious, especially if you do not exactly have much money spare, buying wallpaper and hiring someone to put it up for you all over your house will set you back quite a sum of money. This is why using paint is the most affordable and easiest way to redecorate your home and add a little more character to it.

With paint, you don’t even have to cover an entire wall with it. Strategically placed patterns will definitely improve the room’s atmosphere without having to work or spend a lot. Here are a couple of ideas to accentuate and put a little oomph in your room.

Using a stencil. Photo by Kuznetcov Konstantin from ShutterStock.com.
Using a stencil. Photo by Kuznetcov Konstantin from ShutterStock.com.

Enjoy the simple joys of stenciling. Just a simple row of stenciled patterns along the wall or along the trimming or in corners will definitely improve the look of the room. The stencil design you choose will bring more character to the room, whether it be using a golden tinged paint over fleur de lys stencil patterns or blue clouds for your kids’ room. You can even use strategically placed patterns to draw eyes away from parts of the room that you do not wish other people to dwell on.

Checkerboard floors can open up a room. Photo by Pavel Shynkarou from ShutterStock.com.
Checkerboard floors can open up a room. Photo by Pavel Shynkarou from ShutterStock.com.

Maximize the power of symmetry. Symmetrical patterns can open up a tiny room or draw an empty space together. Just like in trying to find the right kind of clothes, vertical stripes will make the room look higher or taller, while horizontal stripes can make the room appear wider. Checkerboard patterns are both playful and strategic, depending on the size of the squares or blocks. Smaller squares can make the room appear smaller, while larger squares can make the room (or the floor space) appear wider or larger. Using symmetrical patterns can be quite tricky, especially when it comes to finding the correct color combination. This is where a color wheel or chart will come in handy. As a rule, the opposite colors on a color wheel are a good match. To be on the subtle side, try using colors of the same hue.

Using painted wall as the focal point of a room. Photo by Oleksandr Rozdobudko from ShutterStock.com.
Using painted wall as the focal point of a room. Photo by Oleksandr Rozdobudko from ShutterStock.com.

If you are feeling a bit more playful or deviant, you can even choose to make an artwork as the focal point of the room. There are a lot of great artwork ideas that you can do to brighten up various rooms in your house. Why not make put your entire family’s hand prints? Or maybe your new baby’s footprints? You can even block out parts of the wall using some construction paper and painter’s tape, then go crazy and splash paint on your walls by flicking your paint brush and using different colors. Be bold and daring — either way, you can always paint over it.