Room painting ideas

Here are some room painting ideas for different room sizes, shapes and kinds. It matters if your room is big or small, light or dark. What mood do you need? How do you use the room, and what's the color of your furniture or bedding? Further down you'll find links to pages on kitchen, bathroom and bedroom painting ideas.

What room will you paint?

Colors can contribute a lot to the atmosphere of a room, and the atmosphere can be adjusted to its function. Here you'll find some room painting ideas for your:

On all of these pages you'll find links to pages with color schemes, and the necessary DIY painting tips.

Painting ideas for different kinds of rooms:

  • Is your room big, or small? Big rooms can do with darker walls and contrasting colors, and small rooms are better kept in lighter and shaded colors. Check here for more on big and small rooms.
  • Before choosing paint colors, better first decide on the flooring and furniture. It's easier to match your paint colors to them, then the other way around.
  • House paint software can be a great help in making an interior painting design - you'll see your own home pictures in new paint colors, adjusted to your own lighting situation. Use it for making color schemes, or to check how a ready-made color scheme will be looking in your own room.
  • It's good to read something about how colors effect your mood.
  • Make sure you get the right kind of paint, and do your preparations - then your paintcoats will last.
  • Your paint's sheen influences the styling effect, and the look of your paint colors
Room painting idea based on a rug

Colors or offwhites? Room painting ideas on color

Offwhite trim and white walls are a safe choice when you rent, or want to sell your house. But if you want some more color in your life: take some time so find out about interior paint colors.

The hue is of course important to decide on, but the light- or darkness of that hue is just as important for your styling, especially when you put them on the walls. When you make a color scheme based on existing elements in your room - a painting, fabric or rug - you'll have a good chance on creating a warm, lively and harmonious room.

Making color schemes can be done in two ways: with house paint software. or with the help of the Paint Color Cheat Sheets. Take the software if you like working at the computer, and the cheat sheets when you value the experience and knowledge or a professional color consultant. The paint color cheat sheets were developed by Yelena Kublitzky, a color consultant who condensed long years of experience (in working with a painting contractor) into an easy-to-use guide to choosing interior paint colors (click here for a review).

Fool-proof guide to making color schemes

Room styling tips

When searching for room painting ideas, don't just think about the paint. Painting is just one of the styling elements. Every visual element in the room is part of an arrangement, a bouquet, and this bouquet makes the overall room impression. It can be focused on color (shaded colors, contrasting colors, or one strong color with black and white/offwhite). But it can also be focused on textures and textiles - refined fabrics, stoney walls, wooden furniture. When elements like this are important in your room decor, choose paint colors that form a supporting decor for these elements.

If you'd like your wood colors to come out bright and shining, think of surrounding them with contrasting colors: blues, greens and violets. click here for more on contrast. Some more general styling 'rules':

  • Try to make sure your room has tonal range: light and dark elements. The contrast makes it interesting.
  • Include floor and furniture colors in your color scheme
  • In general: let the ceiling be lighter than the walls, and the walls lighter than the floor.
  • Find out what your styling theme is, or invent a new style. As long as you put things together for a reason, they will look good. The artistic reason will show. And yes - lazy and economy reasons will show themselves too...

Knowing this rules is one thing, but to follow them blindly won't help. You need to play with them, and break them if you have to. As in the gentle eastern saying: Learn the rules, so you'll know how to break them properly.

Room painting idea for green walls

Room painting ideas for faux painting

Faux painting techniques are a good way to make your walls more lively. There are all kinds of techniques, like faux finishing, marbling and color washing. These techniques may look advanced or difficult, but there are a few simple tricks that make a big difference:

Kinds of interior paint

Here you'll find some pages on special paints - who knows what room painting ideas they might give you:


Most paints are low-VOC now, but there's a huge quality difference between let's say, milk paint and acrylic latex. The look-and-feel of milk paint is matte, velvety, pure and 'natural', while acrylic latex looks more 'fancy' and contemporary. Paint can have a function, like chalkboard- or magnetic paint. You can play with sheen or even glitter, in the hardware store you find glitter powder or pasta to add to your paint and give it a special effect. Glitter is also available as a glazing (transparant layer to put over dry paint), here at Blick art suplies. In this way, you can see what the color does on itself first. Or your can use it for really subtle decorations or accent area's- just with the glittering glaze (on matte paint, you'll see the difference best).

Making your design

When designing a room, it can be good to hold on to one reference point in the back of your mind. An image or mood, like a memory, a piece of art or a specific style you like, it can be a guidance in making your choices. But do check if all the elements in your room that will not change - they need to fit into your plans. There actually are ways to paint a 'background' for your furniture and other stuff, that makes them look twice as good. It's kind of a paradox - we can only make a really good design by loving what's already there. And: a creative process never 'just happens' at once, it takes a number of steps. Check here for tips on creating an interior painting design


Related pages:



Oil Painting Techniques

Acrylic Painting

Watercolor painting

Color Schemes

Interior Painting techniques

Interior Painting Ideas

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