10 Unique Wall Paint Ideas

Your walls showcase your creativity. What exciting and tasteful wall paint ideas can you consider?

Whether you’re moving into a new home, renovating your home, or you’re just ready for a change, you can make a drastic difference in your space by using unique wall paint designs. Creating something special on the walls of your home will add interest, movement, and authenticity to your house. 

Once you create or implement a design that speaks to you and your interests, you will have a space that you’re proud of and feel good coming home to each day. You can choose a specific pattern and use it in multiple rooms of the house or choose something specific for each room. This is your chance to add color, texture, and movement to rooms of the house that otherwise have none. 

You can turn an ordinary guest bedroom into a relaxing oasis for your company by using a deep blue wall color and pairing it with neutral decor and accents. Or, you can create a one-of-a-kind living room by using some painter’s tape to create abstract lines, and use your favorite colors for a stunning effect. 

If you have a few paint rollers, some painter’s tape, and a little bit of inspiration, you can create the home of your dreams by using unique wall paint. Here are a few examples to get you started! 

1. Ombre Effect

A great way to create a dramatic effect in any room is with an ombre technique. If you have a few paintbrushes and sponges, you can complete this look on your own. Using an ombre effect on the wall is great in bedrooms, living rooms, and offices. 

This technique allows you to use a darker shade of color like a dark blue and then work your way down by using lighter shades of the same color until you reach the bottom of the wall. You can use the opposite effect if you prefer lighter colors closer to the ceiling and darker shades closer to the floor. 

It’s a dramatic effect that can make your room feel sophisticated and elegant. It also allows you to introduce different color accents and decor pieces to the room without clashing with one specific color. 

Blue bedroom ombre wall paint

2. Abstract Lines

If you’re looking for a dramatic and artistic effect, you could use abstract lines which will create interest and end with beautiful patterns that only you will have. You can have fun with this technique and create a wall of multiple colors or use one color to keep it simple.

All you’ll need to do to create this effect is use painter’s tape and place it on the wall in varying places. You can create horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines intersecting at different locations to create this look. You’ll have abstract shapes and lines that are completely specific to your space.

You can use a lot of lines to make this a dramatic effect, or you can keep it simple by just using a few long lines and then painting over the tape with a single color. Either way, you and your guests will love the final product!

abstract lines as wall decor for house corridor

3. Accent Color 

If you have a small room or want to highlight one specific area or take your eyes away from other features, a great technique to use is implementing an accent color. Painting one wall with a bold color will draw your eyes to that specific spot and make your room feel large and welcoming.

This is a great opportunity to incorporate a bold color that you normally wouldn’t use for an entire room. You can choose decor and interior touches based on the accent color to create a cohesive effect in the room. 

You can incorporate this technique in bedrooms, a home office, and even the living room! It’s a great way to have fun with color and create an effect unique to your home. 

cactus wall art in a white frame

4. Stripes 

A classic and traditional way to create a unique wall in your home is by adding stripes. Whether you like vertical or horizontal stripes, they’re a sure-fire way to make your space feel elegant and sophisticated. 

You can keep this look subtle by using similar colors such as light gray and dark gray, or you can make it a dramatic effect by using contrasting colors like black and white. This would look great in a sitting room, kid’s room, or bathroom!

blue bedroom dressers and white and gray striped paint

5. Gingham 

Gingham is a fun and interesting pattern that you can add to your home. This pattern is simple but fun, and it creates movement in your space. You can add this pattern to the living room, bedrooms, or bathroom! 

You can create this awesome look yourself if you have a few paint rollers, painter’s tape, and a few hours. First, you’ll paint wide vertical stripes over the plain wall. Let those dry, then paint the same size and spaced stripes horizontally. The overlapping effect will give you the fun and interesting gingham pattern that you’ll love. 

You can use neutral colors like tan or gray or make it more dramatic by using a bright yellow or blue color.

6. Landscape Mural / Nature Inspired 

If you’re willing to have a large commitment, a great way to enhance any room is with a painted mural. You might have to commission some help with this option, but the results will be worth it. 

You can have an artist paint a black and white mountain scene, a full-color beach scene, or anything in between! Using subtle colors and even black and white murals is becoming increasingly popular in homes. 

Adding a mural is also a great way to incorporate specific colors or movement into rooms that feel dull or cold. You can even use a meaningful picture or place and bring it to life through art!

living room mural of landscape or nature

7. Painted Wainscotting 

Updating your living room and adding elegance to your space is possible with patined wainscotting. This technique uses thin pieces of wood on the walls to create sophisticated squares that look great in a living room, dining room, or bedroom. 

Painting over them in a deep color like forest green or navy blue will enhance this look. Your room will look and feel more sophisticated and add depth to your space. Using this technique can make your room feel larger and looks great paired with cold or metal accents. 

A person working on his laptop in a blue room

8. Vintage Brush Strokes 

Leaving visible brush strokes is a great way to create an artistic and industrial look that will look great in any home. When paired with other industrial accents and decor, it can make your home feel authentic and a little edgy. 

You can easily achieve this look on your own, and it will go great in a living room, dining room, or bedroom. To make this more interesting, you can use two different shades of the same color and use random strokes of each shade to give the space depth and movement. 

A wall painted with a vintage brush strokes

9. Abstract Color Pop 

Sometimes, even beautifully decorated rooms can feel like their missing something without a pop of color. If you enjoy using neutral colors in your decor and furniture, this is a great opportunity to add a pop of color and your individual style. 

You could use a few different techniques to achieve this, but if you’re going for a modern or contemporary look, abstractly using color will look best. You can have a specific abstract painting or just add splashes and streaks that appeal to you and your style. 

Creating an abstract wall is a great way to put your personal touch on the room and include colors that otherwise would have been left out. You can even just use this technique on a small portion of the wall if you don’t want it to be overwhelming. 

some abstract wall art in large and stylish bedroom

10. Marble Technique 

An uncommon but highly sophisticated technique is creating a faux marble wall. You can create an amazingly real-looking marble wall with high gloss white paint and black accents. It takes some patience and skill, but the result is stunning. 

If you love the look of marble but don’t love the price, this is a great option. Once you have a wall of white high gloss, you can use a small and thin paintbrush to create the veins. If you really want it to stand out, you can even add a bit of gold veining as well. 

The result will look great, and it will enhance any room in the house, especially the kitchen or a bathroom.

washing machine inside bathroom with marble wall tiles
Jessica Childres
Jessica Childres is a Georgia native and former teacher. She loves to share her skills, knowledge and passion with others. She has an ongoing interest in real estate, home decorating, and design.
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