The Paint Trick You Didn't Realize Your Art Needs

The Paint Trick You Didn't Realize Your Art Needs

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Adrienne Breaux
Nov 22, 2017
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

While most people feel finished after hanging a piece of art — others go one step farther. And it's a step that you might want to add to your home if you have art that needs enhancing or enlarging. It involves a little paint and time, but the end result is a one-of-a-kind look that will add a ton of personality to your home!

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→ Paint shapes behind your art

There were a ton of things that delighted in Jaimee Dormer and Adam Lodynsky's California home, so no one would blame you if you missed the simple but subtly genius way the creative couple enhanced some of their artwork.

By using bold colors, unique shapes and just a bit of paint and time — they transformed typical pieces of art into one-of-a-kind installations that add a huge amount of personality. And, this paint trick enhances each art piece in different ways:

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Over the dresser in the bedroom is an unframed, graphic illustration pinned to the wall. Behind it, the couple painted a bright orange parallelogram. Acting as a frame, the paint increases the size of the art, making it the perfect proportion for its hanging location.



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Behind the bed, a bright yellow circle surrounds a watercolor painting in a black frame. Solo, the painting would have complemented the green and black colors in the bed spread just beautifully. But paired with the bold golden circle, this couple has a one-of-a-kind headboard.

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Another way in which these painted shapes enhance the art is add contrast. White walls in the home are fresh and clean, but art on white backgrounds and with white frames would be almost invisible.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)
(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

By painting shapes behind the mostly white art, the framed pieces visually pop against the bold color, allowing them to be appreciated fully.

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

And this paint trick is an easy way to get color into your home (especially if you're a renter) without having to paint an entire wall or spend a ton of time or money. Choosing ideas with straight lines means you can tape off the shapes on the wall for a precise look. But also? Even a "just okay" paint job attempt would work well with this idea. You might be surprised by how much beauty this simple idea adds to your rooms!

(Image credit: Marisa Vitale)

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