Refresh for Less! 8 Design Ideas for Dressing Up Your Walls and Floors with Paint

I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again that one of the most budget friendly ways to update your home is with paint. You can make a huge impact in how a room feels just by changing the wall color, so imagine the effect if you jazzed things up a bit beyond just painting a solid color. Many of the projects featured here can be done in less than a day for little more than the cost of a can of paint and some quality painter’s tape. Let’s get started…

1. Horizontal Stripes

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Pick your poison. Multi-colored stripes of varying thicknesses for fun and whimsy (perfect for a kid’s room); thin, minimal stripes for elegance and sophistication; or neutral, tone-on-tone stripes for casual, country charm.

2. Vertical Stripes

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Vertical stripes are a classic and timeless design element that can elevate the design of any room. To modernize this look try varying the widths of the stripes as in picture #3 above.

3. Abstract Designs

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The great thing about abstract? You can’t really mess it up. So jump in and go crazy with that painter’s tape!

4. Bold Graphic Patterns

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Whether it’s herringbone, polka-dots, or an over-sized cane detail, large graphic patterns make a big statement. Go big or go home. Right?

5. Classic Textile Patterns

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Are your walls feeling a little naked? Take a cue from fashion and dress them in a classic textile pattern like argyle, houndstooth or plaid.

6. Stencils

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There are literally endless possibilities when it comes to stencils, which is why I love them. Unlike a wallpaper, you are able to select any color combination your little heart desires, making it easier to coordinate with existing furnishings. (I hope you noticed the quatrefoil stencil and barbed quatrefoil mirror from the first image – if you read my last post you know I’m diggin’ on some quatrefoils right now so I had to include this image!!)

7. Painted Wood Floors

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Have your wood floors seen better days? Paint them! Painted floors are low-maintenance, and will only get better looking with time.

8. Painted Rugs

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Looking for an inexpensive and low-maintenance alternative to carpeting or a rug? Paint one! Checkerboard is a popular pattern but again, the possibilities are endless.

Which of these ideas do you like? Ever take on a painting project yourself? Tell me about it!

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