Paint is genuinely one of the most transformative solutions in an interior decorators’ armoury. Used alone, it can create feature walls and ceilings of conviction. Paired with wall stickers and murals, it adds depth and texture and delivers entire room scenes. It breathes life into tired furniture and modernises family heirlooms in an instant.
It offers the possibility to start small with intrepid steps of discovery and exploration, but it also presents a challenge for those ready to mix and match, rag roll, sponge and colour wash. Styling primarily with paint invites our inner artist to let loose and is a great way to use up odds and ends from past projects.
There aren’t any rules when it comes to creative paint ideas for kids’ rooms. Don your decorator’s dungarees, grab a paintbrush and let the strokes work their genius on your blank canvas. But first, you might want to be inspired by these examples of paintwork mastery.
It’s hard to believe that this adventurous boy’s room was inspired by the desire to use up leftover paint from the garage. A spectacular DIY mountain range has been created using Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue and Dulux’s Night Jewels. The finishing touch of snow-capped peaks is sublime! The little one’s obsession with big cats meant a ‘mountain tiger’ by @nordicnest was a must-have addition to this precision paint job.
The scallop was a hard-hitting design trend for 2020, and this elegant and charming repeated series of arcs shows no sign of slowing down. Here, Georgina uses it to great effect by creating a sea of waves in Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue. A rattan mirror with a sunny disposition by @georgeatasda gleams down approvingly on the scene of DIY perfection. The delicate pom-pom trim on the wigwam and the pom-pom garland by @the_pom_mamma pleasingly complete the circle.
Denise, the master of feature walls, brings us a warming blast of sunset and earthy, autumnal tones in her skilful application of four complementary shades. The irregular shapes of the torn paper look add another dimension of texture and depth, creating the illusion of the sky and earth in its many guises as the weary day comes to a close. The sun-scorched, dusty, arid effect frames the house bed by @madedotcom beautifully. A personalised star poster by @nachthimmel.de captures a poignant moment and brings another notion of the setting sun to this dreamy room. And as for the ombre wall art plant sprouting from the foot of the bed? Inspired.
Just out of shot is a wonderful wooden wall art quote by Astrid Lindgren, the famed author of Pippi Longstocking. It reads, “And we played and played and played. It’s a wonder we didn’t play ourselves to death!”
It encapsulates this area of Arvid’s room so well. How inspired to paint a mountain range behind a climbing frame and wall boulders. This way, Arvid can really feel like he is scaling new heights. Aesthetically outstanding but also nurturing and encouraging, this wall art teaches the art of goal setting and accomplishment.
Soothing pastels and a watercolour effect collide to create a quartet of dusty paths trailing off into the horizon. A lemon night sky breaks with tradition sporting a full moon playing hide and seek behind a pale mint canopy by @matuukids. A raft of delicate rattan and natural wood, including the divine hanging octopus, complete this boho look.
Somewhere over the rainbow is clever mama, Claire, who created this work of art. This is another beautiful example of the fruits of leftover paint, including Dusky blush by @frenchicpaint, Hammerite’s gold metal paint and Hicks Blue by @littlegreenpaintcompany. The green arc was matched to the sage colour of the industrial locker by @mustardmade. The uplifting rainbow vibes are brought to the fore against Farrow & Ball’s heavenly Calamine.
A low-lying putty scalloped wall happily coexists with a dalmatian dappled rainbow mural in this lofty, neutral space. We love how the decals on the pelmet match the mono arc with polka dot bedlinen joining the spotty party. Not only does the rainbow mural deliver an arresting feature wall, but it serves as a harmonious connector between the two beds in this shared bedroom.
There are rainbow rooms, and there are rainbow rooms! This impressive multicoloured shiplap wall was achieved with a monumental 18 colours, all bought online. Jessie painstakingly flicked backwards and forwards between paint swatches on Pinterest and experimented with mixing the Sherwin-Williams sample pots. She used their ColorSnap Visualiser to get the combos right. And the best hack? Instead of using painter’s tape, Jessie used a 6-inch putty knife between the boards as she painted to stop bleeding between the colours and unsightly paint build-up in the cracks. The natural yarn DIY headboard provides a delicate contrast to anchor all of the colour in Emma’s room. And the best bit? It’s crafted out of pool noodles wrapped with yarn!
It’s all the fun of the fair in Einer’s big top circus-inspired bedroom. This superb example proves that creative paint ideas do not need to be confined only to walls. We love the way the mustard-gold radiates from the ceiling pendant like a burst of warm sunshine above. We imagine it’s a soothing sight from the top bunk of Oliver Furniture’s white oak bed. A playful garland adds credence to the circus vibes and an extra splash of colour to this stylish, neutral room.
This interior design house showcases the wonders of combining paint and murals to maximum effect. The Dunes wallpaper by @anewalldecor brings the magic to this desert-inspired oasis, topped with a sprinkling of mobile gold stars. You can almost feel the warmth of the baby pink skies above the peachy terracotta sand dunes. A discrete crescent moon peeks out behind a panelled salmon door, and natural furnishings and accessories represent the sandy terrain.
Mama of 3, Audrey, was inspired to paint this whimsical giant sunshine during the pandemic lockdown. It was an absence of vacations that prompted the decision, but a wallpaper also inspired it with a similar concept that retailed at $450. Amazingly, it was a $15 tin of paint and a whole heap of courage that brought this colourful splash to Theo’s sun-kissed bedroom.
When mummy is a kids’ interior designer, the odds are pretty high that you’ll have a bedroom scheme to die for. Eliana’s canopy-clad house bed basks in the glow of a freestyled rainbow mural in 8 sumptuous shades. It goes one better than the classic nursery rhyme with an extra arc of blush and a cotton candy flower. The palette is punchy and complemented by mouth-watering hundreds and thousands inspired bedlinen and bright polka dot curtains.
Rose confesses that the scalloped wall took about 16 hours more than she anticipated, but we think it’s more than worth it. Dulux’s soft Stone shade vibes well with the natural cot and giant pear storage basket by @laurashleyuk, and a sprinkling of gold star stickers adds an extra touch of girly charm.
A sea of rattan and a ton of terracotta make for the dreamiest nursery space, but it’s that deftly painted wall that steals the show. Creamy white and peachy blush taper off into the distance, sandwiched between spicy cinnamon and apricot. The vibe could be Arabian nights, Moroccan bazaar or coastal boho.
When life imitates art. This statement wall is created by drawing a rounded shape freehand onto the wall. In this case, the colour of choice is Benjamin Moore’s Mexican Tile. The arch frames the Hampshire blush crib beautifully but what we love most is how it appears to follow the form of the pink-hued rainbow print.
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