Painting a room is one of the least expensive ways to change the overall look or feel of a space. Paint can also be conveniently covered, so any mistakes or regrettable colour choices can be quickly remedied. Using bold colours, striking patterns and new additives like blacklight-reactive or glow-in-the-dark chemicals creates a funky, playful atmosphere with few tools and requires a minimal time commitment.
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Bold colours striped along one or two walls lengthen a room and create a striking aesthetic. Space stripes randomly, tape stripes of different widths or freestyle stripes for an organic, playfully haphazard look. Use contrasting colours like lime green and black, hot pink and black, orange and blue or lime and purple. Create jagged or wiggly lines for greater impact. Metallic sparkle or blacklight reactive chemicals add a futuristic feel to themes like outer space for a child's room.
Similar to the approach for stripes, use a stencil for spots or freehand for a more casual look. Space dots randomly, overlap some and use a variety of sizes. Bold, high impact colours are ideal, such as painting the wall lime green and adding hot pink, electric blue and black spots. Add metallic sparkle or blacklight reactive mix to the paint for an even funkier feel.
Glow in the Dark
Painting designs in blacklight paint or glow-in-the-dark paint over an otherwise neutral wall gives a room dual purpose and dual personalities for double the impact, which is often an ideal compromise between parents and kids for bedroom decorations. Use stencils, paint messages or doodles or accent space or nature themes. Create a mural that is only visible at night by painting an entire wall with glow-in-the-dark or blacklight paint.
Create a mural on one, two or more walls with a base coat of white, black or another neutral. Use glossy paints and semigloss or flat paints for added detail as well as faux finishes or textured paint. For a beach mural, use paint with added sand, or paint with granite mixed in for a castle mural.
Paint a wall white, black or grey, and use spray paint, splattered paint or a variety of paintbrushes to create a graffiti tag look. Invite friends over to help create an original piece of artwork, or use a large canvas instead of painting directly on the wall to move the artwork with you.
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