Dramatically Daring Decorating Ideas Using Just Paint

updated Jul 17, 2020
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(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

A bucket of paint is one of the most powerful tools in a DIY decorating arsenal, and it’s also one of the most affordable. For under $100, you can craft a strong statement that’s bold, unexpected, and totally makes a room.

INT2 Architecture regularly uses paint in innovative ways to delineate space, like this Moscow apartment seen in lead photo above.

(Image credit: Farrow and Ball)

Above, Farrow and Ball used three gradients of the same shade, then chose an opposing color for the accent.

(Image credit: Paper and Stich)

Paper and Stitch devised this clever way to end their paint job, without it continuing all the way down the stairs. The resulting geometric shape is dynamic and interesting.

(Image credit: Dulux)

Dulux painted a series of subtle stripes, separated by mostly white wall space, as part of their 2015 Paint Forecast. Look how the greige stripe lines up with the baseboard in the next room beyond!

Elle Decoration featured excerpts from Hans Blomquist’s book In Detail, including this black wall punctuated by dripping white paint. The look is organic and modern.

(Image credit: Style By Emily Henderson)

Orlando “Hommemaker” Soria decorating DesignMilk’s Jaime Derringer’s bedroom using a custom graphic element that’s edgy enough for the room without overwhelming it.

(Image credit: Skona Hem)

Simple rectangular areas of paint on a living room wall are a quick way to add color and put emphasis on art or decor.

Want More Painting Ideas?:

→ How to Pull Off the Affordable & Graphic Paint Outline

→ 5 Little Painting Tricks That Are Sure to Make You Smile

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.19.15-NT