Clever Paint Tricks That Totally Make a Room

Never underestimate the power of paint. It’s one of the quickest and most gratifying ways to change a room’s appearance, without spending a lot of money. But before you start covering every inch of your walls, check out these creative and unconventional paint jobs that show a lot of restraint, but are all the more interesting for it.

Above, the Melinder family painted their kitchen using three shades of pink to achieve the sun-bleached, dappled effect of stucco. The half-finished look is casual and textured.

Caroline Olsson designed this reading nook, whose angled green painted wall adds interest to an otherwise blah corner, and draws your attention below to the comfortable seating below. It's much more inviting as a result.

Sköna Hem makes up for this entryway's lack of architectural interest by simply painting a thick border around the opening.

A blue wall painted only on the bottom grounds this restaurant space. The arbitrary stopping point gives a comic nod to the usual paint job and messes with your eye a little bit. Via The Glamourai.

As Adrienne points out, this simple black outline gives the pale blue a crisp, modern feel, making it almost flat and cartoon-like in appearance. It's a great contrast against the highly textured rugs below.

Designer Anne Mette Jensen Skodborg got a great backsplash without having to pay for tile, as seen on My Scandinavian Home.

(Image credits: Hus & Hem; Caroline Olsson; Skona Hem; Domaine Home; Architectural Digest Spain; My Scandinavian Home)