Our walls are the palettes with which the rest of our decor and furniture interacts, so it’s important to give them just as much style as the rest of the home. One of the best ways to add that style is through wall paint, so keep reading to explore 20 of our favorite wall paint ideas.
Add orange to your walls for a bold and unforgettable look. It’s a great color pick for spaces with strong sense of retro or tropical style. Pair it with some soft and creamy whites (or an oversized window) to ensure the color doesn’t feel too overwhelming.
Paint Your Ceiling
To add a little bit of color to a space without going the accent wall route, consider painting your ceiling—known as the fifth wall. Though it may seem unusual, this unique look adds a hearty amount of color while still keeping plenty of bright and neutral white in your space.
Add Some Sky-Blue
Dreaming of sunnier days ahead? Add some blue skies to your space with the help of sky-blue paint. A painted-blue ceiling adds a unique and nostalgic touch to your home, and it’s a great complement to spaces with lots of unassuming grays and beige.
Use Black Paint to Accent
Bathrooms can be hard to style when they’re fairly unremarkable. But a little bit of black paint and an afternoon can change that—consider adding a painted-black ceiling to your bathroom for plenty of drama and personality with minimal effort.
Add a Little Geometry
If you’re worried about your mural-making abilities but you still want to add an artistic flair to your walls, consider using a stencil to paint on an oversized shape, like the circle in Dazey Den‘s living room above. Paint the shape in an eye-catching color like soft blue or pale pink, then add a few touches of that color in the decor of the room.
Paint Some Green
Green is a popular color, and for good reason—it adds plenty of personality without being overwhelming, and it’s still a soft enough color to be relaxing. Add it to spaces that need a little more zen, like your bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen.
Start in the Bathroom
One of the best places to try out a unique paint look is your half bath. These spaces are small, giving you a more approachable palette to start with, but they’re still used by guests, ensuring they can admire your artistry once all is said and done.
Add Color to the Kitchen
Who says the kitchen can’t have any fun? Unique paint colors aren’t just for the living spaces and bathrooms. Instead, paint your kitchen walls a color that makes you happy and works for your space.
Use Leftover Paint
Geometric accent walls are a great way to use up some extra paint. Though the taping and designing can take a while, once it’s all been painted you’ll be left with a memorable mural that serves as the statement for your space.
Want to make a statement? Go all monochrome. Paint your walls, ceiling, and trim the same color for a color look you (or your guests) won’t soon forget.
One caveat: if you go this route, use the highest-quality paint you can afford, as imperfections and scuffs in the paint will show up all the more when everything else is that color too.
Add Painted Trim
To add some extra color to your monochrome walls, add a little painted trim. We love the luxurious look the gold trim adds in the bedroom above by Forbes + Masters, but you could also paint your baseboards a complementary shades or add some painted beadboard.
Stick With Deep Colors
If your home has lots of wood trim and accents, consider painting your walls a rich, deep color like peacock green or denim blue. Darker colors complement the wood wonderfully and give your space an elegant look.
Want to make your oversized space feel a bit more cozy? Try painting the walls black. This bold and unusual choice will make your space feel extra stylish, and it will soften that oversized-and-never-ending-great-room feeling.
Paint Your Outdoor Walls
To add a little personality to your outdoor space, consider painting an outdoor wall. We love the muted sage color pick in the patio above from Cathie Hong Interiors—it adds the perfect amount of character without having to dive into a weeks-long renovation.
Go Half and Half
For a dynamic color look that’s easy to DIY, paint your walls in two different shades of the same color. Using high-quality painter’s tape and a triple-checked straight line, paint the bottom half of your walls the darker shade and top half of the walls the lighter shade.
Use Calming Colors
As a place for rest and respite from the rest of the world, the bedroom does best with more calming colors. But that doesn’t mean those walls can’t be soaked in richly-colored paint in hues of deep greens and blues. Add some gold and velvet accents to really tie the bedroom together.
Combine Circles and Accents
Get the best of both worlds by combining a painted accent wall and a stencil in the same space. For a cohesive look, paint both in the same color. If living on the edge is more your style, paint both features in different colors that complement each other well.
Try a Pop of Pink
A pop of pink could be just the sweet-colored touch your space needs. Paint it onto an accent wall and pair it with a cool-colored white or a little bit of green. For bonus points, add some brass or gold accents to make it feel extra luxe.
Try Deep Brown
For a dark and elegant look that isn’t quite black, use a deep brown. This is a great paint pick for home offices, libraries, and other spaces that thrive with a more formal look.
Paint a Mural
For a unique and funky look, get to adding a mural to your space. If you’re great with a brush, you can try to DIY it. Less confident? Hire a local artist. We love this bold and colorful spread in Dazey Den‘s space.