Easy painting ideas: 10 quick ways to update your home this weekend

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

Easy painting ideas: painted patterned floor tiles by etsy

If you're looking for easy painting ideas to transform your home with this weekend, you've come to the right place. There just couldn't be an easier or 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 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 ombré wall 

First, for anyone's who's missed it, the ombré paint effect is an easy paint idea 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 ombré wall – and you don’t need much more than a few cans of paint, some paint brushes and a roller… 

It's a look that really suits a feature wall behind the head of a bed (like @mydarkhome's) or in a living room, but we think it's most suited to bathrooms, as below. For the full low down to how to DIY an ombré wall, check out our step-by-step guide. Find the best bathroom paints in our buyer's guide.

ombre finish blue toned bathroom with roller bath

(Image: © Annie Sloan)

2. Go crazy with stencils 

Green stencilled table, an easy paint idea, by Annie Sloan

(Image: © Annie Sloan)

With a load of different patterns and designs available, stencils are one of those easy paint ideas that can add a ton of interest to an otherwise plain piece of furniture, wall (or floor even). Plus, they are super cheap and you usually don't need too much paint if you're looking for a budget friendly update. Check out this quick table transformation above by Annie Sloan. For the best furniture paints, see our buyer's guide. Find out more about painting floorboards in our guide. 

This hallway floor makeover by @fwmadebycarli was quickly created with stencils to give the effect of tiles. Nifty! Check out more hallway paint ideas for tons of inspiring schemes and inspiration. Pssst, if you're going to be painting hallway walls, you'll need our pick of the best washable paints, too.

3. Upcycle and revamp furniture

Talking of easy paint ideas for furniture, you can go further than just stencilling furniture – you can upcycle tired looking furniture and give it a new lease of life with a lick of paint. 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, if you're looking for easy painting ideas to achieve with a tester pot alone, 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. Find the best paints for kitchens in our buyer's guide for a tough finish.

Kitchen walls and dresser painted in Farrow and Ball India Yellow

(Image: © Farrow and Ball)

Like the look of this upcycled, painted sideboard? Follow our step by step guide to find out how to paint wooden furniture to achieve this look.

Upcycled sideboard

(Image: © Rust-Oleum )

4. Paint kitchen cabinets

If you can paint furniture, you can paint kitchen cabinets – it's a brilliant way to refresh a tired looking kitchen cheaply and quickly. And while it isn't the simplest of easy painting ideas, it's not beyond the reach of even beginners to DIY. For best results, you'll need to remove the doors and paint them on a flat surface, such as a dining table or floor. Use our guide to how to paint kitchen cabinets to find out how and choose the best kitchen cabinet paint from our buyer's guide.

blue shaker kitchen

(Image: © Douglas Gibb)

5. 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)

6. Experiment with colour blocking 

Simply put, colour blocking is the pairing of two or three totally different colours to make a bold statement. It's a really easy painting idea that's super impactful. 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)

7. 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 easy painting 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)

8. 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

9. Paint the underside of a rolltop bath

Modern paints can cope with all sorts of surfaces, and while it's likely that painting a cast iron bath will make for a more durable finish, it's possible to paint even acrylic now. Find the best paint for bathrooms in our guide.

(Image: © CICO Books and Christopher Blake)

10. Use gold paint to make plain pieces glamorous

Gilding furniture – or adding gilded details to plain pieces – is a quick job that can make a big impact for little spend. We love this upcycled mirror. Find out how to create vintage paint effects, including this one, with the help of our step by step guide.

How to guild a mirror

(Image: © Annie Sloan)

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