Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Paint Affects: Modern Wow Factor

Need to bump up the wow factor in one of your room walls? Well, I came across some modern paint affects in one of my favorite decor magazines Style at Home. One of the paint affects gave me a boost of inspiration for my master bedroom makeover. I can't wait to get started on the paint effect project. I can't say which one - need to keep the element of surprise, lol.

Modern Paint Affect: Color Blocking
A painting technique that involves adding a graphic element, such as circles or squares, to dress up an empty wall or highlight a particular fixture in the room. Think about using this paint technique to enhance a medallion or light fixture on the ceiling. Or to ad an element of whimsy in a bedroom or it can simply replace art { like in the bedroom below } How pretty do those butterflies look, flying across the room.


In this room the color blocking highlights the wall and molding.


Modern Paint Affect: Strie
Strie is the French word for stripe, this modern paint affect creates the look of a soft stripping on the walls. Making walls appear like they are silk or linen. In the picture the walls appear to be a delicate soft green with a slight striping pattern. Don't the walls look touchable and soft?


Modern Paint Affect: Stenciling
Stencils work anywhere and add a graphic modern affect to the room. Its an affordable alternative to using wallpaper. I love the look of the stencil below, talk about drama


I love the idea of using stenciling as an decorative alternative to using ceiling medallions.


Modern Paint Affect: Colour Wash
To take the look from a 'dated cloud look' you have to apply the Colour wash technique very suitable. The Colour Wash in the picture below creates a dream like feeling in this entry way

{ images via Styleathome.com }

As I mentioned before I'll be adding one of the Modern Paint Affects to my bedroom. Did any of the paint affects give you a boost of inspiration? Have you already used a modern paint affect in your home?

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18 comments:

  1. My grandma taught me how to stencil when I was younger. What a cute idea around a light fixture though!

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  2. I love that first color blocking photo. I've been thinking about doing a stencil in my master bedroom but this has got me wondering about doing something more like that ...

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  3. I've been thinking of stenciling our main floor bathroom walls. Right now I am painting the master bedroom and it is taking me forever to finish! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. i love Style At Home too. I would love to do the effect with the butterfly's along the stairwell which has such a high ceiling. Thanks for collecting all the great ideas.
    Dana

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  5. I've been going back and forth between one of these modern paint effects for days, then after seeing the picutres above - it got me excited to go with my 'gut'

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  6. Great inspiration pics! The first (with the butterflies) and the ceiling medallion were my favorites. Can't wait to see which you choose! I'm working on one in my own home . . . we'll see how long it takes me to finish! :)

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  7. I have a black painted wall in my bedroom..Ashlina actually featured it in a makeover once! I'm loving it and am now thinking of using a stencil and writing some lovely words over the bed...when I get the courage to touch my perfectly painted wall!! I'm your newest follower too. Look forward to reading more.

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  8. I love the black and white color blocking and also the ceiling medallion. BEAUTIFUL!

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  9. Kerry, thanks for becoming a CLH follower! :)

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  10. I'm seriously considering stenciling a wall in my chocolate brown room! A big all-over design, like a damask pattern. Love it!

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  11. Oh what good ideas....I see why you were inspired (and cannot wait to see which one you choose)

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  12. I love the use of stenciling for a ceiling medallion.

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  13. All of these are so fabulous!! I love the painted medallion, the stencils, the butterflies, everything!

    My husband and I painted 'canvas textured walls' a la Ralph Lauren paint for our dining room. We inherited vintage black Asian themed furniture from a friend, which was great and free, but kind of posed a challenge room decor wise. We thought paprika walls with an added texture might be interesting.

    http://megsewell.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-paint-textured-walls.html

    Which affect are you going with?? I can't wait to see!!

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  14. Sara, stencil on you chocolate walls would be amazing!!
    Meg, you know I can't tell you, lol - ill share soon! Ooh can't wait to see the wall you painted!

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  15. I'm all about stenciling right now. I think the stenciled medallion is BONKERS! I love it. And the butterflies are extremely pleasing to the eyes. How practical and inexpensive are these ideas?! I think I will have to make this post a favorite on my computer.

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  16. I love to paint, honey! :) I loved all your photos...Did you check out my GIVEAWAY? Yay! Meme

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  17. I checked Style At Home for the aqua and lavender stencil effect in Modern Paint Affect: Stenciling. Where can the stencil be found?

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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