Have you eyed fancy wall treatments at your friend’s place and wondered how much he/she spent on it? Have you looked around your home helplessly and wondered how to brighten those boring walls without spending a bomb? We have all been there at some point of time or the other, haven’t we? But, you will be surprised to know that paint is all you need to up the glam quotient of your walls. You need some innovative designer wall paint ideas too, but we are giving those to you for free!

So all you have to do is hire a professional and fire away with these painting techniques that can spruce up your in a matter of hours. 

Designer Wall Paint Ideas #1: Stencil

designer wall paint-stencils
Stencils are mainly ornamental in nature

The Process

The process for using stencils is a fairly simple one. Stencils are available for preset designs. All you have to do is place them against the wall and paint with a  contrasting colour. Moreover, stencils are of the paint techniques that can be DIY. However, you want perfection and wish to avoid any spills, it’s best to hire a professional.

The Effect

For the most part, stencils are ornamental in effect. They turn the wall into a piece of art. If you use stencils to create patterns, they could also add texture to the wall. 

Where to use it?

Narrow strips of stencil designs can be used to decorate one portion of a wall as we can see here. You can also use this technique to adorn passageways or narrow spaces with some designs. 

https://www.livspace.com/oembed/magazine-details-more-articles?slug=interior-design&title=More Articles

Designer Wall Paint Ideas #2: Harlequin

designer wall paint-harlequin
The contrast is the key

The Process

Typically, duct tape is used to make the diamonds of harlequin. This is a complex method that is best left to the purview of experts. 

The Effect

The primary reason for using this technique is to bring out contrast. You can use two shades of the same colour if you want subtlety. In fact, if you want the effect to be more bold, pick two very contrasting colours. 

Where to use it?

As the effect of this wall paint technique is rather striking, let the wall do the talking. Don’t decorate this wall too much; it’ll be an overkill. 

Designer Wall Paint Ideas #3: Stripes

designer wall paint-stripes
A gradation or complete contrasts, which would you choose?

The Process

Similar to the process of painting harlequin, duct tape can be used to separate the stripes of different colours on the wall. Again, this is a task best left to specialists. 

The Effect

You can choose two or more colours for this. One way is to choose shades of the same colour or family of colours and move from light to dark. Another way is to pick two contrasting colours and make alternate stripes for a bold effect. 

Where to use it?

If you are using this wall paint technique throughout a room, you will have to keep the colours subtle and go with very basic furniture. As an accent wall, you can go all out with stripes. 

Designer Wall Paint Ideas #4: Sponging

wall painting techniques-sponging-blue wall
For a breezy dreamy effect

The Process

There is no trick to the technique as the name gives it away. Sponging is quite literally using a sponge over a freshly painted wall to smudge it. 

The Effect

Sponging gives a cloudy effect to the wall. You could wall it dreamy too. In effect, it is great if you are looking for some abstraction in your home. 

Where to use it?

In a kid’s room, sponging can be done all over. You can also do it for one wall in a living room to make a statement. Sometimes, sponging is part of a larger design you are creating on a wall. 

Designer Wall Paint Ideas #5: Strie

wall painting techniques-strie-blue sofa
Can you see the subtle lines on the wall?

The Process

The word ‘strie’ is French as is this technique to create stunning walls. A freshly painted wall is combed effectively to get this effect. 

The Effect

What you get from this wall painting technique is a very subtle texture. The lines are only visible on taking a closer look. However, it breaks the monotony of a plain wall. 

Where to use it?

You can use portions of strie to create visual interest in between plain walls. You can use it to highlight architectural breaks like pillars and columns. As an accent wall too, it proves an understated elegance to the interiors.

If you enjoyed reading about different wall painting techniques, also explore our story on colour blocking, which is the hottest wall design trend of 2021.

We love hearing from you! Write to us with your comments and suggestions at editor@livspace.com