There are a number of techniques when it comes to ideas painting projects. Of course, some techniques are more difficult to implement than others.

Furthermore, keep in mind that some painting ideas that you may like will not flow with the decorating style of your home.

Below you will find a description of tools to use, along with a number of ideas for painting your walls.

Along with the assorted ideas are links (at the bottom of the page) that go to how to help for most of the projects discussed.


You will need the normal painting tools for an ideas painting project including paint trays brushes and rollers/covers etc. With that said, there are other decorative painting tools that you might want to consider. As you read from the list that follows you will see the tool and types of painting ideas that each tool can do.


Most of the ideas painting mention require a couple coats of paint in a color that will complement the colors of the technique being used (called a base coat).

Glaze can also be used to thin paints to give them a blended or see through look.

Be sure to purchase both quality paints, glazes, tools and materials for your chosen projects.


As you read about each ideas painting technique keep in mind that the techniques can be combined to create a more unique look. For example, you could do a color blocking and then apply a scumble over top of the blocking once it has dried. Another idea might be when color striping instead of rolling your paint on try using a sponge or maybe brush dragging.

  • Brushes
    Different brushes can be used for an assortment of techniques. Splattering would be the easiest one where one merely uses a brush to throw or splatter paint onto a surface.

    Scumbling uses a large blunt stencil brush which you dab into the paint then dab onto a towel removing some of the paint with a reasonably dry brush. You can now dab your dried brush onto the wall.

    Blending colors involves a brush and a couple of different paint colors mixed with equal amounts of wallpaper paste. With your wide paint brush you can brush one color of wet paint over top of another color of wet paint.

    Coloring washing is done with a wide brush and glazed paint over an un-glazed base coat.

  • Roller covers
    Specialized roller covers can be purchased from your local paint dealer or home improvement retailer. Some roller covers require their own tray as they can apply two different colors of paint at the same time. Other roller covers have embossed patterns or materials added to the roller cover that will leave a distinctive look in your rolled on paint.

  • Sponges
    Large sponges are dabbed in glazed or un-glazed paint then onto a base coated wall. Furthermore, washing walls with a sponge and paint that's highly diluted will give the surface a see through textured look.

  • Stamping tool
    You can make a tool to stamp paint onto your walls by buying the rubber stamping material from a craft store. The rubber pad can then have a pattern cut into it. Cloth or fiber pads are also available if you prefer.

    Your ideas painting technique that involves stamping requires dipping the stamp pad into a flat pallet of paint that has an assortment of paint colors all swirled together. You can then dab the wet pad onto your wall (for a texture). Dabbing the stamp onto a a cloth first (removing some paint) then the wall will give a less pronounced feel to the wall once dried.

  • Dragging
    After a surface has been painted with a glazed, or un-glazed paint a brush, comb or specialized rocking tool (for wood graining) etc., can be dragged through the wet paint.

  • Paint removal techniques
    Since glazed paint takes a while to dry one can apply a glazed paint over a base coat. After the base coat is dry use clean rags, plastic or butcher paper (all of which can be purchased from the paint store) to remove some of the wet glazed paint. Rolled plastic can be laid flat onto the wet wall then removed while rolled rags can be rolled onto the surface or bunched butcher paper dabbed into the wet painted wall.

  • Using painters tape
    Painters tape can be used too so that you can paint a wall with stripes, blocks or geometric shapes. After a surface is taped off roll your paint on. You can either paint blocks contrasting colors (color blocking) or use paints that have a different sheens or finish (sheen striping).

  • For those artsy folks
    You can use your art skills to paint on a border or mural. Renting a projector to project an image onto a wall that you trace will also work. Otherwise purchase paint stencils from the paint store.

The easiest ideas painting project would be to paint some walls different contrasting colors to the wall beside it. Another suggestion is to add a border part way up the wall and paint the top above the border one color and the bottom another. In fact, if you use a wallpaper boarder you can pull colors from the boarder for the paint store to color match and used as your all colors.

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