Wonderful Walls: 5 Favorite Bold Wall Paint Methods

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Tired of just slapping one simple color on a wall or two and calling it a day? Sometimes when you're sitting down to think about how to add some color to a room, your mind immediately jumps to the simplest idea: just one paint color, in a solid coat. But there are other ways to add color to a wall, and these five favorite methods are sure to leave you with a bold and colorful room!

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1. Ombre
Curbly came across the amazing instructions of how to ombre a wall like a pro on YOLO Colorhouse, and it's pretty darn cool (no matter your opinion of the ombre trend). This is a good way to ease into a bold color if you really want to go there — but not paint the whole wall the darkest, boldest color.

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2. Color block
Color blocking is great for the lazy and for those who want to highlight something in particular in their home (or add a hint of architectural detail if you have none). You can use it to divide a room, add a kitchen back splash —you can do anything. And, you don't have to paint the whole wall if you don't want to (saving time and money!). Some ideas: For Your Inspiration Board: 10 Ideas for Defining Space with Colorblocked Walls.

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3. The incompleted look
Another great wall paint look for the lazy, it's also a fun but slightly controversial option for adding color to walls. It basically involves painting most of a wall, and then not worrying about those pesky edges. Partial Paint Jobs: 5 Ways to Pull It Off.

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4. Stripes
Stripes get their own category because they're classic, versatile and as bold as you want it to be. You can do vertical, horizontal, diagonal or something in between. You can do thick, thin or a mix. You can stripe a wall with the same color but in varying degrees of glossiness. You can do a lot with stripes, and because it's straight lines, it's not as complicated an idea as shapes or patterns. Here are some tips: Specialty Painting Technique: How to Paint Stripes and Patterns.

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5. Mural/wall art /pattern
Who says you can't just paint a mural or a pattern or some large-scale DIY wall art right on to your wall? (Well unless your landlord says no. A favorite recent before and after shows how awesome this look can be pulled off: Before & After: Maura's $13 DIY Wall Art!

Even lazier? Love the tips in this post for those in a hurry (or a little impatient!): 5 Places Where It's OK to Skimp on a Paint Job.

(Image credits: Alpha Smoot photography; YOLO Colorhouse via Curbly; eva morrell; House to Home via Brabourne Farm; Mark Chamberlain; Maura)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.

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