20 DIY paint & color projects

Bring personality and style into your home by transforming any room with paint and color

Geometric pattern

Jeffery Cross

Geometric pattern

Repainting a room? Be inventive with a geometric paint pattern that's bolder than wallpaper. With one template, you can create four dramatically different looks.

More: 4 stylish geometric paint patterns

Perfect stripes

Jeffery Cross

Perfect stripes

Paint experts share their tips for getting crisp lines for striped walls. Here's the step-by-step tutorial for using their techniques to create perfect stripes in your home.

More: How to paint stripes

Decorative trim

Thomas J. Story

Decorative trim

Think of trim as a room’s jewelry—the finishing touch that sets the style, adds a little flair, and pulls different elements together. Create a statement with your trim by painting it a color that contrasts with the rest of the room. It will make the different features pop and completely change the look of the space.

More: How to paint decorative trim

Bright accent wall

Thomas J. Story

Bright accent wall

If you’ve been itching to paint a wild, bright color but don’t want to overwhelm the room, paint an accent wall. It’s like adding just the right amount of spice to a meal. The best wall to accent: The one where your eye naturally wants to go.

More: How to paint an accent wall

Tricolor wall

Jeffery Cross

Tricolor wall

Nothing brings a room together like breaking things up a bit. This tricolor wall will make any room cohesive, stylish, and one of a kind.

More: How to paint a tricolor wall

Chevron pattern

Thomas J. Story

Chevron pattern

Chevrons, or inverted Vs, are a fun motif for all kinds of projects. You can send them marching across a tabletop or wall, or use rows of chevrons to join two end tables (as pictured here). Although the pattern looks complex, it is easier to create than it seems.

More: How to paint a tabletop chevron pattern

Reborn vintage desk

Thomas J. Story

Reborn vintage desk

With a little paint, some gold leaf, and a simple glass top, turn a run-down desk into a trendy, bold workstation.

More: How to reinvent an old desk

Refinished dresser

Rob D. Brodman

Refinished dresser

Do you have a wooden dresser that looks a bit antiquated? With a little sanding and painting, turn it into a dramatic accent piece for your bedroom or hall.

More: How to refinish a dresser

Mirror-top side table

Rob D. Brodman

Mirror-top side table

With some liquid silver and glass, you can take a dated, two-level side table from dingy to sleek and modern.

More: How to repaint a mirror-top side table

Chair makeover

Rob D. Brodman

Chair makeover

Do you have an old, beaten-up chair that you still love? With some paint and a little fabric, you can turn a tired chair into a fresh, stylish eye-catcher.

More: How to repaint a chair

Painted tub

Lisa Romerein

Painted tub

A claw-foot tub looks luxurious no matter what, but painting it a bright color gives your bathroom a playful, modern feel.

More: How to paint a bathtub

Refinished chandelier

Rob D. Brodman

Refinished chandelier

Why buy a new lighting fixture when it’s so easy to spiff up an old one? Just scan local thrift shops for a used chandelier, then give it a new paint job, bulbs, and shades.

More: How to refinish a chandelier

Glossy repainted candlesticks

Rob D. Brodman

Glossy repainted candlesticks

Nearly everyone has a handful of ­mismatched candlesticks, but it’s hard to display orphans, even if they’re beautiful. Paint your solo candlesticks a single bold color to create a unified collection with dramatic punch. 

More: How to repaint candlesticks 

 

Stencil-art roller shades

Thomas J. Story

Stencil-art roller shades

Blank white roller shades let in a lot of light, but they can also be a bit, well, blank. Add a little excitement to your shades by stenciling designs on them. It’s easy and inexpensive—and your shades will be total originals. 

More: How to stencil a shade

Colorfully framed photos

Rob D. Brodman

Colorfully framed photos

Create a unique photo display by painting mismatched picture frames with a carefully orchestrated palette. Voila!—an artful display suitable for any room in the house.

More: How to create colorfully framed photos

Wallpapered door panels

Thomas J. Story

Wallpapered door panels

Some of the most attractive wallpaper patterns are too busy for an entire room, but perfect for transforming a small area, such as a door. Liven up your doors with this simple yet dramatic idea.

More: How to wallpaper door panels

Wallpaper accent wall

Thomas J. Story

Wallpaper accent wall

Wallpaper is making a comeback. Want to take part in the movement? There’s no need to wallpaper an entire room the way people did years ago. Instead, choose a bright and bold pattern and use it on just one accent wall. You cut the cost, speed the work, and wind up with a room that sings.

More: How to create a wallpaper accent wall

Wallpapered stairs

Thomas J. Story

Wallpapered stairs

Most people think that wallpaper is just for walls. But you can wallpaper almost anything—including a staircase that needs sprucing up.

More: How to wallpaper stairs

DIY designer floor mat

James Carrier

DIY designer floor mat

Make your own floor mat by adapting a printed design you love, and add a personal touch and graphic punch to any room.

More: How to paint a floor mat

Faux Roman shades

Andrea Gómez

Faux Roman shades

Roman shades look as though they’re drawn halfway up, but are actually sewn to cover just the top of the windows. Light and airy, they are perfect for rooms where you don’t need a lot of privacy.

More: How to fake a Roman shade

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