7 quick ways to use paint to update your home

Want to give your home a quick (and cheap) refresh? Check out these inspiring paint ideas...

painted patterned floor tiles by etsy

Is there an easier and cheaper way to update your space than getting creative with a bit of paint? Sure, you could paint a whole room, or go for the feature wall, but why not try something a bit different? 

Just check out these five super simple ways you can use paint to give your home a quick, quirky update (that we promise won’t take longer than a weekend)… 

For even more advice and inspiration, take a look at our paint hub page.

1. Paint an ombre wall 

First, for anyone's who's missed it, the ombre paint effect is where one tone gradually fades into another tone of the same colour. The effect creates a big impact but it’s actually easy to paint your own ombre wall – and you don’t need much more than a few cans of paint, some paint brushes and a roller

For the full low down to how to DIY an ombre wall, check out our step-by-step guide. 

2. Go crazy with stencils 

With a load of different patterns and designs available, stencils are a surefire way to add a ton of interest to an otherwise plain wall (or floor even). Plus they are super cheap and you usually don't need too much paint, if you looking for a budget friendly update. Check out @fwmadebycarli who used stencils on her hallway flooring to give the effect of tiles. Nifty! 

Find out more about painting floorboards in our guide.

3. Upcycle and revamp furniture

Paint needn’t be restricted to the walls. Giving tired looking furniture a new lease of life with a lick of paint is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Just check out these ideas for some inspiration…

Just before you get started make sure you check out our step-by-step guide to how to paint furniture to make sure you get the best results. 

You could go all out and paint an entire piece of large furniture to add plenty of interest to your space…

Colour blocking in a bedroom

(Image: © Annie Sloan )

Or why not just add a splash of colour by painting sections of your furniture. We love what @grillodesigns has done with this basic TV console. So simple but super effective. 

You could even paint your furniture the same colour as your walls, this is a nifty trick for stopping larger pieces overwhelming a small room. 

Kitchen walls and dresser painted in Farrow and Ball India Yellow

(Image: © Farrow and Ball)

4. Paint a feature ceiling 

We definitely have a tendency to ignore our ceilings when it comes to paint: we play it safe, painting them in various hues of greige. But we reckon we should start being a bit bolder by painting them in a bold colour, or even just a different colour to your walls. 

Inspired to give your fifth wall some attention? Read our guide to how to paint a ceiling

Dulux Colour of the Year: Spiced Honey

(Image: © Dulux)

5. Experiment with colour blocking 

Simply put, colour blocking is the pairing of two or three totally different colours to make a bold statement. You can do it on any scale and customise it to suit any colour scheme. Just look at these inspiring ideas below and check out more colour blocking design ideas in our gallery.

Colour blocking in bedrooms

(Image: © Argos)

Colour blocking needn't always be super out there, here Farrow and Ball India Yellow has been combined with a touch of black and a bright clean white to create an alternative feature wall. 

You could use the colour blocking effect to feign the look of panelling, by painting  a quarter of the way up your walls...

Bedroom painted in Farrow and Ball Railing and Estate Eggshell

(Image: © Farrow and Ball)

6. Upgrade tired looking tiles

Outdated tiles can be a major drawback in a kitchen or bathroom and while replacing them with something more contemporary is the most obvious option, painting your tiles can achieve a similar effect. 

It's a big trend on Pinterest, and we love the idea of using tile stencils to transform the look and feel of a tired looking space. This Modern Geometric Tile Stencil from Etsy is one of our favourite examples.

Like this idea? Our guide to how to paint tiles will talk you through the process, step-by-step.

painted patterned floor tiles by etsy

(Image: © Etsy)

7. Paint floorboards for a fresh new floor

If you'd LOVE expensive looking floor tiles but are having to make do with pine floorboards, if you're looking for a quick, practical update for a room you don't want to spend lots of money on, or if you just want to create a unique look for a room, painting floorboards is a fantastic option. Easy to do, it's affordable, too. Find out how to paint floorboards in our guide.

Green bathroom in traditional Georgian home

Painted in Electric Green by Dulux to match the antique mirror, this bathtub from UK Bathroom Warehouse stands out in style. The same paint was used for the chequerboard floor. The blind fabric is Zagazoo by Osborne & Little

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