If you've ever struggled with how best to decorate a room, then you're likely not one to take the task lightly. We all have those bland walls in varying shades of white, but the ongoing trend is to change at least one in a room to be different - an accent wall. While there are many options for that accent, like adding chalkboard paint or even a metallic paint that causes an interesting rust pattern, it's likely you haven't seen a room done quite like this.
Germarie Bruwer with the Homeology blog decided she needed some real flair for her accent wall. She wanted something fun and vibrant, as the wall was in a children's playroom. Her weapon of choice? A syringe. You might have a few lying around your house, but chances are you've probably never thought of using them to add to your home decor.
Here are several tips, and the accompanying results:
If, like Germarie, you're looking for that eye-catching effect, you'll want to choose several bright colors. You could also use a more subdued palette if that better suits your purpose.
It would be a good idea to plan out your paint scheme and the order of colors on paper before committing it to your wall.
You'll need a 20 ml syringe for each color you choose. Many pharmacies will give you some, or they have them for sale. Of course, you could just ask around or, if necessary, look for them online.
You'll want to start by only drawing about 5 ml of paint into the syringe. Once you test how far this drips, you can adjust your amount for subsequent lines.
Make sure not to use too much, and also to properly cover your flooring and baseboards.
Finish one color at a time. Spread out the first several lines using the plan you made on paper as a guide.
Do not dilute the paint - use it just as it is from the can. This will help to ensure it doesn't run too quickly and go where it's not wanted.
Gradually bring the lines closer together by filling in the gaps with the other colors you picked out.
Word to the wise: each wall will be unique. You may see a mixing of colors or some unusual patterns emerging. Now that's an accent!
You can always coordinate other objects in the room with your new wall to add to the effect.
Now you've got an accent wall you can be sure is one-of-a-kind!
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