Paint out of the box - 10 unconventional painting ideas

Interior decorating isn’t just about following the rules, sometimes you have to break the rules. These ten painting ideas will make your home a unique show piece.

This technique is not for the faint hearted, but if you decide on this type of finish keep the furniture simple. Play with contrasting colour like black and white (gold or silver could also look great.) It will definitely add punch to a small space.

You have heard of painting the ceiling, but painting the ceiling and a single wall creates a pane of colour. Keep other walls neutral to emphasise the effect.

You don’t have to paint an entire wall the same colour as the ceiling, you can just extend the line a little below the ceiling. Make sure all the lines around the room are straight and you are all set to impress.

Paint the wall with chalkboard paint but add the door as well. More space to cover with your original artwork.

Why not paint just the door? This door adds an intriguing dose of geometry to an otherwise neutral room.

Don’t skip the door, colour block it just like the rest of the room. It creates uniformity and a stunning visual appeal.

A deep crown mold and a bold painted ceiling make for an interesting mix of the classic and the unexpected.

Another take on the idea of painting half the room — this time, a thin, contrasting horizontal stripe adds a bit of architectural appeal.

If you're very ambitious, you could try this effect, with two different stripes in varying heights. Laser level (and lots of patience) recommended.

The floating red square turns this wall into a piece of art; painting the door extends the idea into the next room.

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