We’re about to enter prime time for holiday entertaining, which also happens to be the time people freak out about getting their house in order. If you’re thinking about painting, but want to do something a little out of the ordinary, we’ve got a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Click ‘Next’ to see 10 painting techniques that’ll spice up your home decor.

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Halfsies             

Painting half the walls? Well that’s half the work! And it adds a really unique look to a space. If you are going to go halfsies on your painting duties, we’d recommend painting half of the door too in order to really complete the room. Deuce Cities Hen House has the look - and a few suggestions to help ensure paint doesn’t bleed from one half of the wall to the other.

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Color-Pop

A brightly colored, contrasting accent wall is one surefire way to brighten up any space. Plus, it’s a great way to incorporate your favorite hue without committing to painting a whole room. However, if you’re really looking to spice up your home decor, we’d recommend extending that color onto the ceiling. That’s right. Sure it’s time consuming (and maybe a little crazy) but if you keep the furniture simple, it can be an amazing style statement.

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Stencil

A stencil is a great way to do something different on your walls without going through the agonizing process of wallpapering. (Seriously, if you can put up wallpaper with someone without killing them, marry them!) Plus, you can use a stencil for a bold style statement, or a more subtle, classic look depending on the colors you choose. Southern Hospitality Blog has a good tutorial of how to use a wall stencil.

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Stripes

Wall stripes make for an instant room accent. They’re particularly effective if you’re looking for new ways to decorate a space with one really long wall, as the painted stripes almost eliminate the need to find and hang plenty of photos. However, they need to be painted correctly. And getting it right can be a little intimidating. Need some extra tips? Check out this tutorial from The Creek Line House.

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Texture

Get a totally textured look by wrapping some yarn around your paint roller and then using it to paint your walls. Depending on the kind of coverage that you want, or the contrast that you’re looking for, you may want to apply a lighter coat of paint to your walls first. Vary the spacing and thickness of your yarn depending on the look you want. See this idea and more at A Little Craft In Your Day.

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Door-Only

When people think of painting a room, they usually think of the walls. But that doesn’t need to be where all of the action is. Why not paint the door with a pop of color instead, and keep the walls neutral. Not only will it give your space a unique look, it’s much easier to paint one door instead of four walls whenever you eventually decide to change up the look.

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Ombre

The smooth gradient of an ombre painted room can almost make it glow - and it’ll certainly be unique. While this definitely takes a little extra planning, we promise the results are worth it. This technique tends to work best if you measure the entire wall, and divide it into equal sections.  Instead of using different cans of paint, add darker or lighter shades as you move down the wall. Decoist has plenty of ombre painting tips, and design ideas too.

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Cross Stitch

If you like the idea of a mural, but have some serious doubts about your artistic skills, a cross-stitched wall painting could be the perfect solution. Making a big comeback in the craft world, this larger-than-life cross stitch mural will keep your home ahead of the trends. Simply use a grid technique to follow the pattern of your choice. Read more at Dishfunctional Designs.

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Washed Walls

You can get this rustic look subtly, using a soft cloth, or by using a sponge for plenty of in-your-face texture. All you need is a base colour, some glaze, and three acrylic paint shades to give your washed walls a nice depth. Visit Home-DZine Co. for a full tutorial.

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Chambray

Chambray is a big look in fashion this fall - and it’s great in your home, too. Add a hint of texture to your walls by rolling a tinted glaze over a light colored wall. Then drag a weaver brush vertically and horizontally through the glaze while it’s still wet. Learn more at Better Homes & Gardens.

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