best of decorative paint

Good morning! I thought it would be fun to start the day with a little inspiration! One of the most inexpensive ways to make a huge difference in a room is simply with a bucket of paint and a brush. Changing the color on the walls can change the whole feel of the space. These homeowners from our sneak peek archives have taken painting one step further with stripes, patterns and words. Your imagination is seriously your only limit. — Amy A.

(Pssst! Don’t miss the other Best Ofs! Best of Entryways, Best of Chandeliers, Best of Bedrooms, Best of Clawfoot Tubs, Best of Cats and Best of Dogs!)

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Image above: Inspired by French wallpaper, Meghan created a cardboard triangle template, traced it on the wall and then painted each square. From Sneak Peek: Meghan Mcewen

Image above: While biding her time until a full kitchen remodel, Jutta painted clouds on the kitchen cabinet. From Sneak Peek: Jutta Rikola

Image above: Horizontal stripes painted to make a small room feel a wee bit larger. From Sneak Peek: Angie Hranowsky

Image above: A hand-painted tree creates a resting place for cardboard birdhouses. From Sneak Peek: Emily Henson

Image above: This screened South Carolina porch, with its high-gloss light blue ceiling and floors, is the site of dance parties all summer long. From Sneak Peek: Cortney Bishop

Image above: Joy Thigpen hand-painted rainbow stripes in her daughter’s Atlanta bedroom. From Sneak Peek: Joy Thigpen

Image above: A simple Ikea cabinet was given a paint job to give it a little drama. From Sneak Peek: Jimmie Martin + Rick Schultz

Image above: Chalkboard wall in the kitchen from Sneak Peek: Kirra Jamison + Dane Lovett

Image above: Hand-painted stripes on the wall in Zurich. From Sneak Peek: Malene Charles

Image above: Hand-painted kitchen command in Helvetica. From Sneak Peek: Christina Weber of Studio Patrio

Image above: Detail of the guest-bedroom door, painted by Phillippe Boonen, an artist who lives between Barcelona and Paris. From Sneak Peek: Lila & Tom

Image above: The walls in this Brooklyn apartment were painted in different colors after the home owners were inspired by an industrial building wall. From Sneak Peek: Myriah and Nadia of Nightwood

Image above: Colored chalkboard paint wall (Hudson Paint) in a child’s room. From Sneak Peek: Raina Kattelson

Image above: In order to give the kitchen a custom look that didn’t have a custom price tag, Gemma Ahern replaced existing doors with MDF doors, which she then spray painted an inky blue. The trick here was to make the doors slightly longer than usual, so they look more bespoke and expensive. From Sneak Peek: Gemma Ahren

  1. erin says:

    when i was about 4, my parents took me up north to visit some relatives. i will never forget the most beautiful room that my great aunt had in her house. it was a rainbow wall and i thought it was the coolest thing ever.

    we only visited 2 times, but i remember trying to sneak a look into the room the next time we were there. it’s interesting how these vivid memories from such a young age stick with us, isn’t it?

    thanks for sharing. :)

  2. cathie says:

    Love, love, love those unafraid to show their individuality. Wonderful images.

  3. Briana says:

    Love that blue screened-in porch!

    Sidenote–I can’t read the text of the post b/c it is too similar in color to the grey background. Did you just change it? I hadn’t noticed that issue when the site re-design initially launched. I just checked in Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, so it doesn’t seem to be unique to one browser. Just a heads up!

  4. Dear Polia says:

    Lovely post! I particularly like the painting of the tree with the bird houses; it’s like the tree has come alive!

  5. C. H. says:

    Although I love your site, it features far too many white walls in homes. (What is with the designer obsession with white?) This post illustrates some beautiful use of colour on the walls, and I hope there are more like it.

  6. Those children’s rooms are incredible! I loooove the one with the birdhouses above the bunk beds. What a creative idea!

  7. Anne says:

    I think the most effective examples are in the children’s rooms (those triangles in the first pic are awesome!). But I love the moody kitchen. I think the oversized pear is such a great touch

  8. Claudine says:

    These are all great but I couldn’t believe my favorite wasn’t included: It must be because it was a before and after, not a sneak peak ;) It’s something that I’m still hoping to try myself (only slightly daunted by the fact that it took them 8 months to paint it).

  9. I cannot wait until I own a home of my own so I can paint, paint, paint! I love the ombre stripes of Joy Thigpen’s daughter’s room, and I love the blue screened in porch and that beautiful door. Sigh.

  10. I love that chalkboard wall in the kitchen, and the visual interest of all the pots hanging on the walls. I hope to do something similar in our 1870’s kitchen someday.

  11. Lisa says:

    I love the blue-ceiling on the porch. I heard its a common color for porch ceilings because it repels bees and wasps. Anyone know if this is true?

  12. Love the wall in the room with the twin beds. It looks like a patchwork quilt! Now if I could come up with some amazing pattern like that to cover old knotty pine panelling for my soon to be daughter’s nursery….that would be fantastic and fun!

  13. tracy a says:

    painted the square? er, triangle! that was a labour of love to be sure!

  14. it’s amazing what a little paint can do. i love the deep blue cabinets in the last photo!

  15. Very creative way to liven up a room-it’s great when homeowners are willing to take a risk and think outside the box!

  16. Erica says:

    Just wish I had the patience for some of these.

  17. Wiji says:

    awesome. :) My friend Hannah and I have a thing we call Tokwart Space Invasion and we try to do those on clients’ rooms. :D

  18. Playing with paint is too much fun :)

  19. All lovely, of course. But I really must comment on that first one! I thought for sure it was wallpaper. I can’t BELIEVE they painted all those triangles. So much work!!! So amazing.

  20. Sarah Eigen says:

    I love the variety of treatments that you have displayed! All so imaginative, making viewers think about their own environments. However, “industrial” style can be a sloppy excuse for not being able to make things beautiful, or even attractive!

  21. Wow. The birdhouses on the painted tree is such a cool idea!!

  22. taylor says:

    One of my favorite best of’s. Paint is the best way to freshen up a look & you don’t have to spend THAT much on it. Love love love it all. Myriah & Nadia’s home has always been my top sneak peek. :)

  23. Josephina says:

    Glad I wasn’t the only one who missed the paint by number wall. That was so inspiring, I’ve begun a wall myself….we shall see if I have the stamina. I also want to chalkboard paint a kitchen wall.

  24. Kristen says:

    I am in LOVE with the painted door. I love personalizing things in the home. As a designer, I wish more of my clients would be keener to the idea.

  25. sonhaji says:

    this Color design is so bright
    there are so many color combination ..
    a like that ..

  26. Barbora says:

    Ordered!! Cannot wait :-)

  27. Penny says:

    Very Inspirational! I loved the use of color and the art on the guest bedroom door is simply wonderful. I am also struck by the wide variety of tastes that these images would appeal to. Thank you, Penny

  28. So many of these colorful images stand out, I really love the hand painted door. Painting really is the best change you can easily make!

  29. Charlene says:

    Inspired! Love the patchwork triangles…


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