It’s just a trick of the light, the Chameleons UK sing in one of their greatest songs. You can utilize the way that light tricks the eye to create a decorative effect in your interior design that will quite literally transform the entire look of your house. You don’t need to buy new furniture or knock down a wall or install carpeting to give your house a new look. All your answers can be found inside a paint can.
Painting a Checkerboard Floor
Any hard floor material can be painted. If you’ve always wanted a black and white checkerboard floor, you don’t need to go vinyl or tile. Pick up black and white paint and use a big square pad to easily create blocked patterns. If you don’t want classic black, choose a vivid color and save yourself some work by painting only half the floor with a checkered pad, thereby allowing the flooring itself to become the second half the checkerboard effect.
Paint it with Words
Instead of saying it with molding, get some stencils and creative uniquely decorative molding with words, sentences, phrases, sayings, quotes or Biblical verses. If you get up every morning to look across the bedroom toward the wall and you’ve stenciled a motivational quote that always gets your energy chugging, you will have created with paint what some people turn to drugs for. Beat down the self-esteem blues by stenciling thoughts of others that stimulate you to be the best you can be.
Burlap the Wall
You can simulate the look of many different fabrics using faux painting techniques. One of those techniques will give you a wall with the texture of burlap. You’ll need a base coat of paint followed by a glaze. Use a squeegee to make vertical lines and a comb to make horizontal lines and the result looks very much like a burlap bag the size of your entire room.
Oversized Ceiling Stencil Technique
A ceiling can become your room’s focal point by utilizing large stencils to paint the shape or design of your choice. Find a shape or design that you think you’d like on the ceiling and create a stencil on a large piece of sturdy paper. Tape the paper to the wall and paint in the stencil. Among the ideas to consider: leaves, flowers, animals, stars, diamonds and lucky charms. You could even create stencils that essentially allow you to transfer an entire scene from a painting or drawing onto your wall.
Stamp that Sucker!
Home decorating really doesn’t have to be difficult or beyond your expertise. You can find stamps that feature just about any object you can think of. If you can’t find a stamp with your design that you want, you can make one of your own. Stamping paint into a wall or ceiling or floor lends you the sort of creative powers normally associated with masters like Da Vinci or Van Gogh. The only difference is that you are pressing a rubber stamp into paint and then onto the wall while Da Vinci and Van Gogh, well, you know.
Paint Something Weird
A good way to introduce a new interior design element to your home with paint is by painting something that isn’t normally painted. This could range from your refrigerator to your toilet and anything in between. Paint a mirror or place your photographs into painted frames on the wall. Be creative and a little off the wall. In fact, your creativity could extend to literally off the wall.
Who ever said parallel lines need to be exactly parallel? I think it was Newton. Or maybe it was Blondie. Anyway, painted stripes on the wall look a little less sterile and little more fun when they are not exactly straight. Don’t tape down the wall before painting your stripes. Paint them freehand and to heck with the concept that stripes need to be perfectly aligned and parallel.