Interiorssneak peeks

best of decorative paint

by Amy Azzarito


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

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