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.

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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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  • 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. :)

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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. :)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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