Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Horizontal Haven

Horizontal stripes on a person, not flattering. Horizontal stripes on a wall, now that is fun!
Do you have a room that no matter what you change or add to it, it still feels boring? Have you considered stripes?
Lets start small. The bathroom. Small space, simple furniture and fixtures, boring. Cheap fix? Soft horizontal stripes will bring life the this room. See the before and after I found on



Adding a white strip with a soft beige adds texture and interest to a plain wall. Its simple, elegant, quick and easy to do! 
Now for a little more daring. Bedrooms are a great space for this technique as well. Transform your bedroom from dull to romantic. Try some soft blues, purples or grays. Do not use to many shades otherwise your room will start looking like the paint swatch your can pick up from your local paint store. Try to use a bold shade with a softer one. Too much bold stripes can equals a cartoon feeling space.

The stripes here give and ultra light feel with a smooth romantic tone. Simple furniture and fixtures keep the focus on the wall and stops the room from feeling too busy. Again, quick easy fix to spice up your room. Now I know husbands don't want a purple room, so try blues. You can get the same effect and your man will approve! 
Lets go a little furthure. If you are working from home and you spend most of your day stuck in your office, why not add some excitement to the space. Bold stripes can add a feeling of power, energy and strength.

This space is a bit more bold and masculine. It has a very earthy feel to it at the same time. To tone this down to feel a little more feminine just add some simple while acessories like vases or lamp shades, and change the furniture up using a white desk or table instead.

The pink and black stripes add energy to this space for sure! I wouldn't paint the other walls pink, its a little to crazy and young for my taste, I would stick to white to tone it down a little. The white curtains over the wall soften the space to make it a little more elegant but keeping with the high energy. You get the point. Try other vibrant colors for the same affect.
Lastly, accent walls are quick easy ways to change up a space without jumping to far out of your comfort zone.
A small wall by the entrance is a great way to add interest.

Also that wall that sticks out above the fire place or behind the mounted tv can become a peice of artwork instead of just a wall.

Fun, isn't it?
Save some money and work with what you have. Grab your tape, a roller and some paint and get creative! Hope this inspires some of you.

1 comment:

  1. This idea can also be achieved using metallic paints such as those from Modern Masters. Usually semi-opaque or transparent you can see the wall colour underneath so used in alternation with you paint colour catches the light differently creating a great visual effect.