Good interior painting ideas include creating color schemes based on objects in each room, choosing non-white ceiling colors and adding drama with accent walls. It is also important to repair and prime surfaces before painting them.
Creating object-based color schemes involves pulling up to three colors from objects already in the room, such as furniture, art and textiles. Complementary paint strips, which are available from hardware and paint stores, offer a range of options in each chosen color. One paint shade functions as the primary color, which unifies the room and covers most of the wall space. The other two are accent colors.
Another interior painting idea is to use a non-white shade on the ceiling. This technique works especially well in rooms with dark walls. Painting the ceiling in a shade that is several shades lighter than the walls makes the room seem larger, but the contrast is gentler and supports the overall color scheme of the space.
Accent walls add drama and visual interest without changing an entire room. There are several approaches to creating an accent wall. For example, a bright or dark contrasting shade draws attention to the wall. Another option is to cover the wall with wallpaper or add stenciled designs.