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Tips & Tricks Thursday

You know I’m all for the unexpected.

In fact, I love the idea of taking something common and using it in a unique and surprising way.  

That’s why for today’s T&T, I’m going share Lonny’s list of 15 Favorite Paint Tricks (it was too fun not to!).

Some are fun, some are a little out there, and some may just be the inspiration YOU need to add a touch of something special to your fall decor!


1.  Create a Ceiling Medallion  

I love this idea.  

It’s a little time consuming (…especially if you hate painting ceilings as much as I do…),

but just think about the impact of the end result.  


Lonny 1

via Lonny

2.  Splatter a Favorite Color

Now this idea is a bit out there, but with the example below, it works beautifully.  

The key is to keep the surrounding design simple, and let the splatter become the a piece of art in and of itself.  

Also, I’d try to go for big strokes and avoid any sort of 80’s “splatter paint” look.

via Lonny

via Lonny

3.  Paint a Door Jamb an Unexpected Color

How fabulous is this?!  Choose a subtle accent color that you already have in your home.  So fabulously unexpected!

via Lonny

via Lonny

4.  Use Paint to Create Wainscoting

This one is an easy way to paint on some architectural detail.  I love the high impact of black and white here.

via Lonny

via Lonny

5.  Paint a Pattern on Your Floor

This is a fabulous way to add some impact to your space.  

You can keep it simple with stripes or opt for something more intricate (like below!).  

Either way,  you’ll be adding depth and drama to any interior – no rug required!

via Lonny

via Lonny

6.  Add a Light Switch (and a Sense of Humor)

Okay, this one may be a stretch, but it’s still a little fun!



 7.  Create Architectural Moldings Where There Once Were None

No moldings?  No problem.  

What a great way to add an interesting detail (especially if you’re on a budget!) to any walls.

 I love it!

via Lonny

via Lonny

8.  Turn a Blank Wall into a Functional Mood Board

This is a wonderful way to accent an accent wall – especially in an office space.  

But don’t stop there.  

How cool would it be to use this ‘mood board’ as a piece of rotating artwork in a dining room or living room?

Think of using your children’s artwork, family photographs, inspirational fabrics and magazine pics, etc….

via Lonny

via Lonny

 9. Highlight a Favorite Piece of Furniture

Again, this one takes just the right interior (if you’re going to go with the dropped paint look below…),

but you could definitely incorporate No. 5 and use some floor paint to highlight a seating area.

via Lonny

via Lonny

10.  Stencil a Wall Rather Than Using Wallpaper

This is another idea that I absolutely love.  

Again, it’s a bit time consuming (lots of prep work… but well worth it!), and it’s a great alternative to using wallpaper –

especially if you have massively textured walls like I do.  

I especially love the pattern below.  It would be fabulous in a powder bath or entryway.  


via Lonny

via Lonny

11.  Leave Your Walls White and Paint Your Ceilings

I just did this in one of my rooms, and love the result.  It’s simple but looks very deliberate.  

via Lonny

via Lonny

12.  Paint Stripes at Varying Widths

You know how I feel about stripes.  Using varying widths helps to keep this idea fresh.  

I also love the idea of pairing the linear stripe with a curvilinear shape like the scalloped headboards below.  

via Lonny

via Lonny

13.  Paint a Boarder Around an Entryway

Although I probably wouldn’t go so far as to paint flowers like this one, I love the idea of accenting a door frame.  

I’d probably opt for something geometric and tone on tone…

via Lonny

via Lonny

14.  Use Gold Paint to Accent Your Moldings

I’ve showed this one before, but I still love the idea.  It’s very Versailles.  It’s very awesome. 

via Lonny

via Lonny

15.  Paint Your Front Door an Unexpected Color

A great way to add some drama, whimsy, and fun without too much commitment.  

via Lonny

via Lonny

What do you think? 

Do any of these ideas inspire you? 


9 Comments Post a comment
  1. love the wall switch painted on the wall plus all the other very inspiring and a few outside the box ideas. Keep it coming. Pinned.

    September 12, 2013
    • Thanks, Patty! That switch is a great way to have some fun, right? 😉


      September 12, 2013
  2. Love the contrast of paint splashes with more formal surroundings.

    September 12, 2013
    • I wish I was daring enough to give it a try. In that formal setting it’s just the right amount of cool irreverence. So great!


      September 12, 2013
  3. The ceiling medallion is such a fun idea and adds so much to the room! I especially love the multi-colored design on that first pic. The doorframe is my other favourite idea… so easy and such a cheap and cheerful way to add a new dimension! ;o)

    September 12, 2013
    • I know! I love how they’re both so simple and unexpected. 🙂


      September 12, 2013
  4. All of these are beyond fantastic! Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

    September 12, 2013
  5. I love the idea of painting the ceiling and keeping the walls white! Thanks for all of the great tips and inspiration!

    September 12, 2013
    • You’re so welcome!


      September 13, 2013

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