Creative Ways to Use Paint in Your Home

3rd September 2023

Never underestimate the transfomative effect that a fresh coat of paint will have on your interiors. With a little imagination, and a pop of colour, you can create eye-catching effects that will enhance the style and character of your home. With such a broad spectrum of colours and variety of finishes on the market, paint is no longer limited to your walls. From ceilings to fireplaces, furniture to floors, we've gathered our favourite creative ways to use paint in your home, to get your creativity flowing...

Wall Paint Designs

It is often too tempting to paint your walls a single colour, and add texture and depth through home accessories and patterned wallpaper. While this is not a poor decision, we know that paint can offer you walls so much more!

Using painters tape and a mixture of colours, you can quite quickly create bold and original wall art in your home. Alternatively painting alcoves, door frames and/or skirting boards will help to integrate them into your colour scheme. With a bit of careful planning ahead of decorating your room, you can choose your furnishings and fixtures to complement your chosen design.

From ultra contemporary to brilliantly eclectic, painted walls can create impressive features in every different style of home, as you can see in the roomsets below.

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Paint for Kids' Rooms

Getting creative with paint will please children and teenagers alike, and will allow you to design a personal space that reflects their growing personalities. A great excuse to be bolder than you normally would, a good place to start is with their favourite colour.

We particularly love the clever use of paint in this twin bedroom below. By fashioning headboards behind each bed, the wall paint has effectively created two individual zones for each child to call their own. A simple idea that works far beyond the walls, this straightforward wall art is something you could easily recreate at home.

However if you want to add colour through your furnishings whilst keeping the rest of your walls white, our Intelligent Paint finishes are designed for cupboards, bookshelves, cots and toys. Certified 'Child-Safe' as they don't contain any dangerous ingredients, their innovative formulations mean painted walls and woodwork can easily be washed clean with soapy water without leaving a mark.

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Ceiling Paint

Why do walls get all the love? We are very pleased to see that painted ceilings are enjoying a resurgence! A clever design trick that is low cost, but high impact, adding colour above can completely alter the atmosphere and dimensions of a room. 

If you are struggling to make a long, narrow room feel more cosy, then opting for a dark, matte paint will seamlessly join the walls and ceiling to create a more intimate space as seen below. At the opposite end of the spectrum, painting your ceiling with a lighter colour will force your eyes to look upwards, giving the sense of extra height in the room.

Choosing a paint to complement your wallpaper is another simple way to create a room that looks beautifully unified. We love this brave example featuring Dorchester Pink which can be seen in the bluebells below. Alternatively, applying a brighter paint across both walls and ceiling will maximise the light and bathe your room in a sunshine glow!

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Using Paint to Highlight or Hide

A versatile tool that can both highlight and hide features in your home, paint can be a very effective problem solver.

If you are fortunate enough to have lots of beautiful features like cornices or decorative panelling, painting them in will only enhance their charm. Whether you choose a more traditional palette in keeping with a period property or go for contrast and colour to really emphasise their form, our extensive paint library will have the perfect complementary colours for your project.

We are also aware that there are some items in a home which serve to be more functional than beautiful. An imposing fireplace that has fallen out of fashion, or a generic radiator that hangs awkwardly on the wall; by painting them the same colour as the walls, you will prevent them from stealing focus from the rest of the room.

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Your floor provides an additional canvas in your home, and should be considered along with your walls when decorating. Unless you have a beautiful wooden or tiled flooring that you want to preserve, consider painting floorboards or stone to add an extra dimension of colour to your scheme.

Plus there's no more waiting overnight for the floor to dry, or complicated logistics to avoid the stairs, as many of our floor paints are usable within four hours of application. Plus being water-based and low odour, these minimal mess paints deliver maximum durability and are also ideal to use all across your home. 

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Painted furniture offers a great way to create bespoke pieces that look perfect in your home, and we especially love this eco-friendly option as it prioritises modernizing tired pieces rather than throwing them away.  Replacing fixtures and fittings or reupholstering a seat cushion can work wonders in addition to a brand new colour. Plus remember that the whole thing doesn't need to be painted as adding colour to sections can have an equally stylish effect.

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Exterior Paint

A lot of effort goes into home interiors, this often leaves the outside overlooked. Consider painting garden accents such as fences, flower pots or benches to create an inviting space. Brighter colours add fun and vibrancy, even in winter.

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