The 5 Paint Tricks You Need (To Add Interest To Your Space)

Paint is a powerful tool to transform your home. But it goes way beyond just a wall-to-wall treatment. There are lots of techniques you can utilize to add something special to your space – and we’re pulling out all of Bobby’s best tips and tricks to show you how. 

 

 

Instead of sticking to the expected and painting an entire room, we’re showing you 5 easy ways to introduce paint to your walls – in ways you may not have thought of before. Whether it’s highlighting an aspect of a space, drawing the eye around a room, or just adding some interest, we’ve got you (and your walls) covered.

 

Keep scrolling to see all of our best tips below (and give your home a whole new feel).

 

 

And be sure to check out our other posts for ideas to update your space: Finding The Right White: Bobby’s 5 Favorite White Paints and Re-Decorate For Free: How To Use Items You Already Have To Create A Whole New Look

Try Two toneS

When it comes to adding interest to a room, two tones are definitely better than one.  Embracing color-blocking, whether on a single accent wall or throughout a space, is a great way to give room real appeal. Opt for a horizontal band of color around a room to add levels (and visual interest) or use a vertical panel to define a certain area within a larger space.

 

 

BOBBY’S TIP
Using a shelf to separate two colors is a unique way to draw attention to the two different tones.

Showcase SHELVES

Shelving is the perfect place to let paint make an impact. Add a coat to the interior of the built-in shelving in your living room,  and you’ll create immediate appeal, along with a sense of depth (and a lot more excitement than basic white). A darker shade is going to stand out against lighter walls, so it’s a great accent in a room that’s more neutral. Utilize this technique on built-ins in a living room, or any recessed area you want to give renewed focus.

 

 

BOBBY’S TIP
You can easily create the same effect with wall mounted shelves by painting the shelf and the wall behind it the same color.

Add An ARCH

Adding an interesting arch can enhance a space that’s lacking architectural detail – and make it uniquely yours. And they can be used just about anywhere: over an existing doorway, behind shelves, as a headboard, or as a stand-alone feature. Consider using symmetrical arches to add balance or a series of connected arches for a more playful take.

 

 

 

BOBBY’S TIP
To create a perfectly round arch, tie a pencil to a piece of string and attach the string to the wall with a pushpin. Then use the pencil like a compass to draw the arch. Click here to see a complete guide.

MAKE CABINETRY Come Alive 

A coat of paint can take cabinetry from standard issue to something truly special. And while the kitchen may be an obvious choice, adding color to cabinetry in your mudroom, laundry or bathroom is a way to draw focus to the details of a vanity or storage (and it’s going to take a lot less time than painting an entire room). Even a free-standing piece like a bookcase, armoire, or credenza can get a new life by simply adding a shade.

 

BOBBY’S TIP
Make sure to properly prepare a wood surface before you begin painting. Click here to see all the steps to take before you pick up a brush.

STICK TO Stripes

Stripes are a classic design pattern for a reason: they work with lots of different styles, have a timeless appeal, and are easily incorporated in every medium – including paint. Vertical stripes can add instant height to a room, while horizontal stripes are a sure-fire way to make a room look wider. And besides the obvious visual impact, painting on stripes is also a more affordable option than wallpaper (and a lot easier to change out).

 

BOBBY’S TIP
Consider going tonal, or using the same color in two different paint finishes, to create a more subtle striped space. Click here to see how to get your room all lined up before getting started.

 

  1. Hi! Lockdown has inspired me to get decorating and next on my To Do list is my bedroom. I’ve decided to paint one wall dark blue/ green. At first I thought I would paint the other three walls white, but it feels so clinical. Do you have a neutral shade you would recommend pairing with a dark blue/green? Thanks!

    1. Adding in a second color can be a bit challenging, so I would just go for a warm shade of white. I like cloud white by benjamin Moore or Minced Onion, which has green undertones. Thanks for your comment! xx -B

    2. Hi Bobby, you inspire me a lot and even though I’m 15, I already know what I want to do
      I get emotional every time I see a queer eye episode, because you all do an amazing job.
      I hope one day to be like you.
      sorry for my English
      thanks for everything
      eu te amo ♥️🏳️‍🌈🇧🇷

      1. Thank you so much for your support and leaving a comment. Sending you lots of love – beijos! xx -B

  2. Hey Bobby!
    I am about to get my grandmother’s mid-century dining room set and I kind of want to spice my dining room up since I’ll have this nice furniture. I’m intrigued by the tonal stripe idea with two different finishes of the same color. Do you have any advice on doing that?

    1. For a smaller room, I would advise narrower stripes and scale-up for slightly larger spaces. Stick with either a lighter neutral tone, or a rich green or blue that would really bring out warm wood tones. You’ll probably want to go with semigloss and matte for textural contrast. Thanks so much for your comment! xx -B

  3. These spaces are really awesome! I love the first image with the green shelving and black windows-your work is just so creative. I also think that the bed with the arch treatment is brilliant! I love the transformative power of paint, and I am constantly changing the colors in my house. So much so, that I think my square footage is shrinking from the layers of paint on the walls! 🙂