wall-treatment-ideasWall treatments with paint can add visual interest and color into a room relatively cheaply and quickly. Many of these wall treatment ideas can be done in a day for less than $50. They can be used to create as big or as subtle of an impact as you want. Below are some of the most popular wall treatment ideas.

Wall stencils

Subtle tree wall stencil detailing

Painting a stencil onto a wall is usually cheaper than wallpaper, even if you pay for the┬ástencil. Plus, it’s much easier to cover up than removing wallpaper would be. Wall stencils are very trendy right now, and can be found at almost any store or website that sells home decor products.

Tip: Start in the exact center of the wall, and take the additional time and effort to constantly measure and level your stencil with the wall. You may think you can “eyeball” it to keep the design straight, but a subtle “sloping” upward or downward of the pattern can be hard to see until the design is done, and you’ll have to redo much of your wall.

Wall stripes

Sophisticated monochromatic vertical stripes lend an edge of both modernity and formality.

Wall stripes can be completed with just some painter’s tape, ruler and a level, along with the paint colors you will be using. Regular, repeating widths and colors create order and more structure, while varying widths and color orders make the room feel more energetic and playful.

Thinner stripes look younger and can edge toward juvenile, wider stripes look “older” and tend to appear more sophisticated. Contrasting colors will also appear younger and edgier; less contrast will look more formal and subdued. Also, vertical stripes visually increase the room’s height, while horizontal stripes enhance the room’s apparent length.

Venetian plaster walls

Plastered and textured walls give a warm ambiance to this cheerful kitchen.

Using plaster and a few different shades of paint can create a richness and texture that warms a space up visually and creates an interesting effect on otherwise blank, boring walls. Lightweight plaster is mixed and applied with a trowel to the wall, then primer, followed by two or more different shades of paint that are applied to the wall to create a mix of colors as well as textures.

Tip: Practice different techniques on some boards before you commit to doing your walls. Adjust how the colors and painting technique, as well as your plaster application technique, so you know exactly what you’re going to do on the walls.

Brush stroke wall treatments

Brush-textured orange living room walls.

Using visible lines of brush strokes to create visual texture on a wall is called “strieing”, or “dragging”. Using horizontal and vertical brush strokes at right angles can mimic the look of fabric or canvas on the walls. After you’ve got the base wall coat on, mix your top coat paint with water and latex glaze with a 1:2:1 ratio. Then, load up one paint brush with paint and drag it in one smooth, continuous motion across the wall as far as you can go. Follow immediately with a dry brush to “subtract out” some of the paint. Repeat all across the wall, then do the same in the other direction once this coat has dried.

Tip: Don’t spend too much time on each brush stroke, or you risk blurring the lines and having to wait until the paint dries to start all over again. Each stroke won’t be perfect, just try to focus on keeping it straight.