Sure, you can paint your walls with a simple, solid coat of paint, and you’ll end up with a very nice looking bedroom. But sometimes, you want to go beyond “nice.” If you’re ready to do something really special with your bedroom décor, why not consider using a specialty or faux paint technique? You’re sure to find some inspiration in the 18 decorative paint ideas shown here.
Updated by Michelle Ullman
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If you want to create a repeated pattern, or even an entire mural, on your walls, but you don’t trust your freehand artistic abilities, let a stencil come to your rescue. With nearly endless patterns to choose from, you’re sure to find a design you love. Use a stencil to create a sophisticated design -- like the Moroccan trellis shown here -- in the master bedroom, or have fun stenciling a barnyard scene or other flight of fancy in a child’s bedroom.
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Harlequin is a diamond pattern that is easy to create with the right tools. It’s a fun pattern for a child’s bedroom or a nursery, but if you use colors with only slight contrast, it can be a surprisingly sophisticated look in the master bedroom. To create the harlequin pattern, you’ll need to measure and apply painter's tape in diagonal strips across your wall. Paint over the entire wall, and then remove the tape once the paint is dry.
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Less whimsical than harlequin, a checkerboard pattern works well in a contemporary or industrial-influenced bedroom. It’s not a difficult technique, but for the best results, you need to measure carefully. Use painter’s tape to create the checkerboard pattern, paint over the tape, and then remove once the paint is dry. Choose high-contrast colors for drama or subtle hues if you want a more sophisticated vibe.
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Wall graphics are similar to stencils, but instead of placing a guide right on the wall, you project the design you want to copy onto the wall with an overhead projector. The beauty of wall graphics is that you aren’t limited to the stencil designs available in stores – you can project and copy just about anything you desire. This means it’s a great technique for designing wall murals in children’s bedrooms. Get further directions on this technique from Sherwin-Williams.Continue to 5 of 18 below.
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Looking to create a truly glamorous or dramatic look in your bedroom? You’ll achieve just that when you use a soft metallic paint on an accent wall – or, if you really want to go all the way, on all the walls. If an entire metallic wall is too much, use the paint as an accent with a stencil or freehand painted design.
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Whether you go vertically or horizontally, stripes are an easy way to add lots of fun in a child's room or create a touch of drama in the master bedroom. The wider the stripes, the more dramatic the effect, but don't go skinny... that will be too stimulating in a bedroom. To create the design, first paint the entire wall in the lighter color, then use painter's tape to lay out stripes in your desired width. Paint those stripes in the darker color before removing the tape.
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Polka dots are a ton of fun in a child's bedroom (or even in the master bedroom if you have a sense of whimsy), and what could be easier than dressing up the walls with easily-applied, easily-removed vinyl stickers? Spread them out evenly, let your child position the dots randomly, or create the feel of sprinkling starlight as in the cute bedroom shown here... it's up to you.
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The brushed pearl paint technique is a wonderful way to add a gorgeous accent wall in a traditional, Mediterranean or country-style bedroom. To create the softly glowing look, begin by painting your wall with a satin base paint color. Once dry you’ll apply a Valspar Signature Colors Brushed Pearl color and press it down with a plastic float trowel. Valspar gives further instructions on their website.Continue to 9 of 18 below.
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Valspar’s Brushed Suede paint adds a soft touch of texture to your walls, giving it the feel of old-world elegance. It’s a great choice for a Tuscan or Mediterranean-influenced room or any bedroom with a glamorous or elegant style. You’ll first paint your wall with a base coat, and then apply the Brushed Suede paint in an “X” pattern for textured style.
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Color washing is another wonderful paint technique that adds lots of texture and depth to bedroom walls. It's especially good in a Tuscan or Mediterranean bedroom, but also works very well with country or rustic style. To create color washing, you'll start with your desired color of satin base coat, and then paint over it with a large brush in a "X" pattern with a glaze paint mixture. You can get further details about the technique from the Benjamin Moore website.
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Old World Fresco Color Washing or Mottling
Old world fresco color washing or mottling technique is similar to color washing, but an additional layer of textured lime wash over the top of the paint adds further texture to the finish. It’s a wonderful way to add character to a wall or accent wall in an old-world or country bedroom.
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Crackle medium causes overlaying wet paint to “crack” into fissures and lines as it’s applied. The resulting distressed, aged appearance is a hallmark of shabby chic, cottage, and rustic styles. This isn’t a paint technique for walls, however, it’s used on furniture. The technique is simple: first, apply your base color and let dry. Then, brush on a coat of crackle medium. If you want thick cracks, apply a thick coat of crackle medium. Finally, paint on your top coat. Take care not to brush... across the same area twice, or you will disrupt the cracking effect.Continue to 13 of 18 below.
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Strié, Dragging and Linen Weave
The dragging (or strié) and linen weave paint techniques can be a great way to add texture to a modern, contemporary, or eclectic bedroom wall. To create the strié or dragging technique, mix a satin base coat color and glaze, apply the mixture on the wall in sections, then drag your wallpaper brush over the wet glaze vertically or horizontally. To create the look of a linen weave, as pictured in this example from Valspar Paint, drag your wallpaper brush over the wet glaze both vertically and... horizontally.
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Metals and Patinas
The metal and patina paint techniques are often used in modern, contemporary or dramatic bedrooms as an overall wall color, or to create an accent wall. To create the metal or patina look, as pictured in the example from Valspar Paint, first paint your wall with a base coat color. After it’s completely dry, apply a metal or patina paint glaze with a sponge.
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Rag rolling is another painting technique often found in country style, old world or traditional bedrooms. It's also a great look for a nursery. Use the technique on an accent wall, or go bold on all four walls. To create the rag rolling look, as pictured in this example from Valspar Paint, first paint your walls with an overall base color. Once it's dry, use a crumpled rag to apply a darker or lighter glaze color mixture, rolling it over the wall in random directions.
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Sandstone paint dries to a rough, "sandy" looking texture. It's an interesting effect, but because it's a rough texture, it isn't easy to clean, so you'll do best using it in a master bedroom or guest room, not a child's bedroom.To create the look, you’ll need sandstone paint, like Valspar's Signature Colors Sandstone, applied to your wall with a paint roller in a “W” pattern.Continue to 17 of 18 below.
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Sponging, like rag rolling, is another textured wall paint technique that works well with many decorating styles. It's easy to do: just paint your walls with your desired base coat. Once dry, use a natural sea sponge or sponge roller to dab on your desired top color in random, slightly overlapping patterns.
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The textured stone paint technique is another way to add unique decor to your bedroom walls. This is a great way to replace wallpaper borders or stencils in any style of bedroom. To create a textured stone paint technique, like this stamped stone example from Valspar Paint, you'll use Valspar Signature Colors Faux Textured Stone as your basecoat. Once dry, top it with with a thick glaze, then use a foam stamp to press your desired design into the glaze. You can also use the basecoat to... create an aged stucco effect.