How To Turn Your Wall Into Artwork

It’s just too easy to slap a piece of artwork onto a few of your walls and call it decor, because that’s not really artistic now, is it? Why do that when you can actually make your wall into art?! There are countless ways to design your wall space so that it tells a story about your creative mind while making the space a lot more attractive. Now, don’t get us wrong, we love to use decorative artwork on our walls, but there are so many other options that many have yet to try out! …And that’s where we come in! Today, we’re going to inspire you with a few unique ways to make your walls come to life. Everyone needs at least one special accent wall, so let your artistic mind flow and try one of these projects!

Ceiling Paint

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For our first idea we know exactly what you’re thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that?!!” It is a pretty awesome idea if you have the time, we highly recommend this one! Hopefully your ceiling treatment is the same texture as your walls or else it might look a little funny, but the choice is yours. For this project all you have to do is expand the paint on the walls to the ceiling for a visually appealing effect. This design makes your eyes wander and gives off a never ending appeal that seems pretty modern and unusual, we love it! It’s a great focal point for your space that’ll have everyone looking from the walls to the ceiling! To complete this artwork, you’ll need the paint colors of your choice and a decided design. It’d be pretty cool to paint the ceiling like Michelangelo did but not so safe, so make sure you have someone helping you!

Color Block Paint

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A lot of people are fans of the color block pattern and we can see why! There’s just something about different shapes and colors that makes everything look more unique and gives the appearance of being “beautifully broken”; everything doesn’t have to be perfect all the time! So, if you love the concept of this pattern then why not make it the focus of your accent wall?! With a bit of painter’s tape and some shape skills it’ll be super easy! Numerous different patterns can be made with tape and paint, so even if this pattern doesn’t appeal to you, there are many others to choose from. Walls don’t always have to be solid and perfect, and this type of project brings a modern and artistic feel to your space. Show that you actually put a lot of thought and creativity into your design!

Messy Stripes

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We love this idea because there’s no taping or measuring required at all! Perfect for those who are anti-measurers. Just take a small roller and roll on stripes from the ceiling to the floor. They don’t need to be perfect or exact–in fact, part of the charm is that each one will be a little different. This is the one where the perfectionists have to step back and say it’s okay to be messy! The design isn’t meant to be perfect and it stands just fine the way that it is which makes it so easy to love! Then you can hang a piece of artwork just as shown above. The wall even feels like it was meant to be a part of the artwork; it is a piece of art in itself!

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Paint Tips: Everything You Need To Know

For all of our do-it-yourself readers, this one is for you! Many people enjoy painting their own interiors instead of having someone else do it, so we’re here to make sure you do it the right way! Even though hiring a professional painter is typically the best idea, we know how costly that can be, so it’s ok to do it on your own! As long as you have the right steps and the right materials, you’ll have a professional paint job in no time.

Choose a paint color.

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Okay, this might be the most difficult step of them all. How much paint will you need? Look on the back of the can or ask the guy at the paint store. This amount can also vary with the color, type of paint and current wall-color.

Purchase your materials.

Your list of materials should include, paint, brushes, painters tape, drop clothes, newspaper, etc.

Have a snack.

Put on some nice music!

Cover everything.

If there’s furniture, put it all in the center and cover it and cover the floor. Home depot sells drop cloths.

Prepare the walls for paint.

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First, dust the walls with a duster that comes on a long stick. Clean the walls. The paint is going to adhere so much better to a clean wall. The easiest way to clean is to make a solution of 1 cup vinegar to two gallons of warm water in a big bucket. Get some old absorbent towel rags and dunk clean ones into the solution and ring out. Then put one over your sponge mop and work from top to bottom. When it begins to look a bit dirty, take it off and use a fresh one. If the water begins to look dirty, make a fresh batch. You can also use a solution of detergent and water, but if you do, you’ll have to rinse. Let that dry thoroughly. Fix small holes and imperfections with a good spackle. Let it dry and sand.

Use a primer.

Primer prepares the walls to accept the paint and provides a good surface, as well. However, Benjamin Moore makes a fantastic low VOC paint that has the primer in it already and it covers beautifully.

Sand lightly.

We know… it’s a pain, but well-worth it!

Dust walls again 

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Follow with a damp cloth, just to make sure you’ve removed all of the dust.

Use Painter’s Tape

Use painter’s blue tape to mask off areas not being painted.

Choose a dry day.

Water-based latex paints will dry so much faster on a day with low humidity.

Start with the ceiling (unless it doesn’t need painting).

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Use “cut-in” techniques.

There are zillions of tutorials on youtube. So, try googling them. For the ceiling and walls, you will want to use a roller. Again, there are painting tutorials available on youtube.

After the ceiling, let dry thoroughly.

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We suggest waiting several hours. Then if no crown moulding and/or the ceiling is a different color than the walls, tape the ceiling line. Then, paint the walls

Paint the trim.

Finally, paint the trim with your two-inch brush.

Determine how many coats you need.

Depending on the type of paint, you may only need one coat or as many as five if it’s a dark color for instance.

Clean your brushes

…and other materials. Don’t let them stay gunked in paint!

Take a shower, put on some clean clothes and take yourself out to dinner. You deserve it!

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