Look! Add Style by NOT Painting Your Walls Traditionally

Look! Add Style by NOT Painting Your Walls Traditionally

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 1, 2010

When I visited Amy Helfand last month, I noticed that every room had a very distinctive paint job at the top of the walls. Rather than run the colorful wall paint right up to the edge where wall meets ceiling (referred to as "cutting in"), Amy and her husband had decided to think outside of the box because their walls were NOT straight and trying to get a clean line was going to be impossible. This is a great little trick that adds a touch of style and whimsy, while hiding bad walls. Check it out.

The pics below are from the bedroom (top two) and the hallway (bottom), and you can see how differently they painted the tops of the walls.

I have a friend who also stopped painting before she got to the ceiling and left it as a rough straight line. The effect is really, really different. The curvy, wave tops attract more notice and add a strong sense of decor to the room. Of course, you can do this much more neatly than Amy did, but it's interesting that you really don't NEED to. Her loose borders don't read as messy as much as they read as whimsical. AND obviously when you're painting a whole house, saving a little bit of time goes a long way!

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