Sometime you want a new look for a room but your budget is limited to paint? Am I right? Have you been there? Or if you are there right now, I thought it would be fun to look at a round up of creative painting ideas, and when I say creative, some are on the crazy side but SO cool! These ideas may not be right for every single room in your house, in fact, I would use these ideas sparingly so you don’t get overloaded, but there are definitely some great ideas for using paint around… so here you go!.
p.s. The great thing is, if you have a decent base color a lot of these ideas can be accomplished with just a pint or I daresay a sample sized paint purchase on top of that original paint color, so that sounds pretty budget friendly to me.
Also, some of these ides might be wallpaper or some other type of surface, but I think the idea could be done in paint which is why I shared those images.
100+ Interior Painting Ideas
I love the tone on tone chevron stripe in this bedroom above that we saw at a local homeshow.
Then of course this colorful version for a nursery! Vie eHOw
Rainbow stripes! Great sample paint project!! Via Sweet Peach Blog
Small stripes (technically Washi tape, but could be done with paint!) Via Ann Kelle
Multi-color stripes Source Unknown
What about these great wavy stripes source unknown
More natural wavy stripes idea Via Homeizy
Love the vertical stripes in this teen boy bedroom!
This great nursery would work from baby to teen! Carrying the stripes to the ceiling is so pleasing to the eye! Via Sketch 42
Large scale stripes Via Desire to Inspire
I simple horizontal stripe in these next few rooms can be done in different ways but looks great. And is SUPER easy!
Just one simple stripe of an accent color!
Freehand stripe! Via The Glow
Swoon, these water color stripes are to die for! Via Design Sponge
This vertical blue ombre wall Via Decoist
Or a Horizontal Ombre wall Via P.S. I made This
Scalloped Ombre Wall (I would paint the bottom layer first and work my way up instead of how they did this, to make it a LOT easier! Via Everyday Is a Holiday
Partially painted wall… not for the faint of heart Source Unknown
Love this large scale stripe color blocking. Vi Mod Home Ec
This half wall color block is so interesting! Love how they painted the door too! Via Hen House
And this one, just a black paint wainscot, the room is gorgeous but so simple. Source unknown
The simple painted frames on the wall give this room a lot of interest and I love how they frame the bed!
This large stripe with alternating blocks of color is a fun idea for a kids room!
This room definitely has some heart! Via The Style Files
Stencils and Faux Wallpaper-
This is one of my favorite stencil projects that I have ever seen, an Ikat herringbone wall. Via Kurtz Corner
Easy to make happen herringbone wall, just a little bit of tape. Source Unknown
Another painterly herringbone Via Apartment Therapy
Painterly wallpapers can be done by hand, keep in mind perfection is not necessary ( not ideal even!)… See those colorful birds on the back wall? Well, they are actually wallpaper, but could be done free hand or with a stencil pretty easily like these ones below, only in different bright colors!!
Love how this looks like wallpaper (above) but is actually painted on! This was designed by Wright Design and Tracee G Design.
I love this abstract painted wallpaper idea too! Via Little Green Notebook
More abstract art walls also featured on Little Green Notebook.
Another great hand drawn wallpapers! Via Dykast
A simple paint stamp. Source Unknown
This make be tile, bit I think you can take the dot idea from above a little further, try it to creat a larger patten instead of lines. Via VT Interiors
Another single stripe of Stencil Source Unknown
We can’t all afford a brand new back splash… or can we? The faux subway tile back splash would be cool in your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom! Featured on Remodelaholic here. by Sweet Parrish Place
This simple painterly stencil can do one whole wall in about an hour or less, believe me I know!…
This handmade stencil looks great in this entry! See how you can do it yourself!
I love this simple modern stencil border, it would make a great back splash in a kitchen, and you won’t believe what she used to create it…hint we all have one of these for free! Featured on Remodelaholic right here. by House Tweaking
Faux Bois is a classic pattern! I love this free hand, large scale versions for this girl’s nook!
Speaking of Faux Bois, what about an entire wall done to look like rustic wood… LOVE! Via Traditional Home.
Or try it in a non traditional color! Via Houzz
All you need is one of these and little know how: Faux Bois Tip post
Love this birch painted wall look by Fresh Crush
Large scale Animal print Via Paint a Lifestyle
In my daughter’s room I created faux molding panels with a little bit of left over paint! Easy and effective!
I love this faux molding idea too! Source Unknown
Another trompe L’oeil molding Source Unknown
Some more faux panels! Via Apartment Therapy
Framed in Paint Gallery Wall Via Apartment Therapy
How about the faux doorway molding?!! Via Fauxology
Murals or Artsy Painting Ideas
Large Scale Print Painted directly on wall Via Hometalk
Murals, are tricky, you have to have the right eye, but there are some cool ones…
Love this graffiti wall in this basement workout room, from the UV Parade of homes 2012.
This adorable wall mural, is a great feature for any superhero lover!
And for the girls this city mural is adorable Via Minor Details. I would buy the dark color and add some left over white for a second color when I got home.
Another great project that takes just a tiny bit of paint! I love this modern mural in this bathroom, especially how the mirror and light overlap! Featured at Remodelaholic here. by Hey Now, Whoa Now!
Any girl in your house love ponies? I LOVE this wall mural!
These flowers were inspired by the bedding on her little girls bed, a great place to start!
This nursery feature wall was also inspired by the decorative sheets they found. Featured on Remodelaholic here.
Super creative and graphic this large scale paint by number wall is amazing! At The Lettered Cottage
Love this tree Mural! You could do with a Sharpie! Source Unknown
I’ve seen art like this but I LOVE the idea of doing a wall! By Signed by Tina
The opposite of the above… dark lines where the paint had been!! Via Design Sponge
A modern mural that is fun inside or out Via Table Tonic
This idea would be cool, just use a stencil and white paint marker (or a sharpie on a light collored wall) from Bella Tucker
This fabulous mural would be so beautiful done free hand! Via Wall and Deco
Repeated Pattern and Geometric Shapes on Walls
Navy Herringbone wall! Via Birch and Bird
Neutral multi color herringbone wall Featured on Remodelaholic here by Design Build Love
Large scale Polka Dot wall!
More circles, but a little more modern! Via Houzz
Color and geometry! love this wall Via Design Sponge
Triangle Feature wall, I love how they painted a few triangles different colors! Found via Cute Stencils
More triangles, different spacing! Via Urban Walls
Love the pattern these triangles make! Via Chasing Paper
Love this graphic pattern! Huge impact! Via Styled Haven
Large Scale stars! LOVE! Source unknown
This easy plaid look is fun Via Southern Hospitality
Small squares painted in silver Via Houzz
Great Multi Color Squares Via Design Sponge
Diamond painted Wall look Via Little Green Notebook
Very large scale Stencil! Via Fauxology
Chalkboard walls, they’ve been done, but the great thing is that they can keep being reinvented…
Like this teenage girls room, I would do this with chalk pens… Via Anthropolgie
This wall for example is a dry erase wall! I love that you could do any color you like, and your favorite artist can create some great art!
Classic chalkboard wall, and think how you could share different uplifting quotes!… so fun! From the UV Parade of Homes 2013.
Love the different color of this chalkboard wall! Via Redbook
Don’t have cash for art? Paint some on your wall! Just print out a word of your choice, in a font you love, trace it on to the wall and fill it in with some paint! via Design Sponge
Easiest Idea ever! Large scale letter art, simple and beautiful! Found at Nursery Notations
It works with numbers too! Love the modern feel of the large scale numbers on these stairs! Via IdN
For an entry, a cheerful greeting Via Scrap Studio
Love a particular chapter of a book, paint it onto a wall… Via When Boredom Strikes
Or do it is a script font like this versions Via BuzzFeed
The often forgotten 6th wall….
A bright, unexpected color on the wall might be just what your room needs!
Yellow Striped Ceiling Via Habitually Chic
Circus tent Ceiling Stripes Via Anna Truelsen
Polka Dot Ceiling Via Our Fifth House
What great interior painting ideas do you have?! Share them with us! I would love to include them in another round up! IF you got any great ideas from this post please consider sharing or pinning it! THANKS!
All picture in this image are sources where possible or were taken by myself at the local parade of homes.