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5 Fun paint techniques for your walls

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

Not just your ordinary accent wall

Accent walls are a great way to bring life to a room. When most people think of an accent wall, they think of one wall that's simply a different color from the rest.
Accent wall painted with stripes

There is so much more you can do to spice up your ordinary, everyday accent wall. Here are five ideas you don't want to miss.

Stripes

Stripes are perfect for a child's room, bathroom or craft area. They're colorful, chic and surprisingly easy to do. Your job is to choose between vertical or horizontal, colorful versus muted, and wide or narrow. Start with one wall and if you feel up to it, go for the whole room. One idea is to do black and white. Black and white stripes are very clean and classic, so don't be afraid to stick to the elegant glam it has to offer.

Learn how to paint stripes on a wall >>

Distressed faux painting

Say goodbye to normal paintbrushes for this look! Distressed faux painting gives an accent wall a rustic, antique feel. Simply choose two different shades in your choice of color (greens or browns work best for the classic "rustic" look), and paint on the wall with a toilet brush and a tire brush. That's right, no paintbrush is needed! The toilet and tire brushes provide uneven strokes and lines, creating the distressed feel of the wall. Once dry, cover in a light gold paint to complete the wall and make it shine!

For a step-by-step guide, click here >>

Chevron wall
Photo credit: Classy Clutter

Suede paint

Suede paintings are timeless and elegant. It looks beautiful in almost any room, but best in an office or master bedroom. The easiest way to do this is to purchase specific "suede" paint, such as Sherwin Williams or Ralph Lauren (high-quality paint is necessary for this). Swipe paint on the wall making "X" strokes about six inches in length. The "X's" should overlap and blend together for that perfect suede look. Make sure to choose a wall that receives minimal traffic to avoid scratching.

To learn more and see specific color options, click here >>

Chevron wall

A chevron wall is becoming increasingly popular in many homes. Zigzagged lines run across one wall, top to bottom. It looks fabulous in a dining room or guest bedroom. The key to achieving a perfect chevron is patience. This wall takes time. It requires measuring angles and lots of blue painter's tape. Start at the top of the wall and then measure each corner 6 to 8 inches down until you've reached the bottom. Connect the dots with the tape, and paint. You can't be anything but proud of yourself once it's done!

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Chalkboard wall

This wall is becoming more and more popular among families. It's best in the kitchen so you can jot down recipes, to-do lists, schedules and more. Choose a smaller wall, as you don't need an entire 10-by-10-foot wall dedicated to a chalkboard! Another idea is to make it your backsplash between the counters and cabinets. All you need is tape and latex chalkboard paint. Easy as can be, and the results provide never-ending fun for you and your family.

Decorating with chalkboard paint >>

Watch: How to make your own chalkboard paint

Learn how to make your own chalkboard paint.

More painting tips

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How to paint a room
How to choose a color palette for your home

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