4 Trendy, DIY Wall Paint Ideas to Try

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It's no secret that we love a good accent wall. If you're ready to spice up your space with a new paint treatment, we've got you — and your walls — covered. The HGTV Magazine editors tested four of the coolest DIY paint trends so you can recreate the looks in your home. Read on for all the easy, step-by-step instructions.

Color Drenching

Dark Green Living Room With Painted Ceiling

Contemporary, Color-Drenched Green Living Room

HGTV Magazine shares how to create this trendy, color-drenched look for any room.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

The How-To:

  1. Paint the ceiling with flat-finish paint; let dry.
  2. Using the same color paint in a satin or eggshell finish, paint the walls; let dry.
  3. Using the same color paint in a gloss finish, paint any trim and the baseboards; let dry.
  4. If you have a window, tape off the panes, then paint the muntins with the gloss-finish paint; let dry.

Paint color: Equilibrium, Behr

Stenciled Waves

Pink Dining Room With a Midcentury Modern Pattern on the Walls

Eclectic Dining Room With Pink Stenciled Walls

HGTV Magazine shares how to create this wavy stenciled accent wall.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

The How-To:

  1. Paint the wall your base color; let dry.
  2. Use repositionable spray mount to stick the stencil to the top left corner of the wall.
  3. Dip a 3-inch foam roller in a different color paint and roll the excess onto a paper towel. Lightly roll over the stencil.
  4. Remove the stencil. Reposition it directly below the design you just painted, using the registration marks on the stencil as a guide so the pattern lines up. Repeat until you reach the bottom of the wall.
  5. To start a new column, turn the stencil upside down then repeat, allowing about 3 inches between columns. Repeat to cover the wall. Let dry.

Paint colors: Coral Cloud and Blank Canvas, Behr

Freehand Brushstrokes

Black and White Bathroom With Brushstroke Pattern on the Walls

DIY Brushstroke Walls in a Contemporary Bathroom

HGTV Magazine shares how to DIY this trendy brushstroke design on your walls.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

The How-To:

  1. Paint the wall your base color; let dry.
  2. Starting about 3 inches from the top of the wall and 3 inches in from the left edge, use a 1-inch brush to paint a brushstroke about 2 inches tall and 5 inches wide. Brush first in one direction, then back in the other, overlapping the strokes.
  3. Repeat about 3 inches below the first brushstroke, then continue until you reach the bottom of the wall.
  4. Repeat to create a new column about 3 inches to the right, but this time start about an inch from the top of the wall so the rows are offset. Repeat to cover the wall; let dry.

Paint colors: Cracked Pepper, Silver Shadow and Exotic Eggplant (on mirror), Behr

Color Blocking

Colorful Entry With Aqua and Light Blue, Color-Blocked Walls

Contemporary Entryway With Color-Blocked Blue Walls

HGTV Magazine shares how to create this color-blocked wall treatment in any room.

Photo by: Philip Friedman

Philip Friedman

The How-To:

  1. Choose two colors and paint the entire wall the lighter color; let dry.
  2. Use a yardstick and pencil or chalk line reel to mark a horizontal line halfway up the wall. Stick delicate-surface painter’s tape below the line.
  3. Paint the wall above the tape the darker color. Remove the tape while the paint is still slightly wet; let dry.

Paint colors: Tidewater and March Aquamarine, Behr

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