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Part 1: Faux techniques and more

Looking for something different for the walls in your home? Plain paint is great for many rooms. But when you're looking for a fresh idea, these projects might just be the thing to give your walls a brand new look. Try one of these techniques to spice up a room in your home!

Essential Backgrounds

An elegant diamond paint technique may be perfect for your entry, dining room, or hall. Once you get over the math challenge in laying out the pattern, you'll find the rest of the project fairly easy. A tone-on-tone look with two similar paint colors (such as ivory and light camel) would be a wonderful background for a room, but you could also use brighter colors for a stronger effect.

For the ultimate in cheap wallcoverings, try these instructions for paper bag walls. Rip up brown paper or bags, crinkle it, and apply with wallpaper paste. Then leave it plain, polyurethane, or faux finish!

Colorwashing may be the most popular paint technique. Practice is the key to a successful project, since you'll find your technique will improve with each trial run. Once you have it down consistently, move on to the real walls.

Faux clouds and blue sky is a popular look for kitchens, great rooms, and children's rooms. Find some great projects from all over the net to paint your own blue sky with clouds.

Garden rooms and children's rooms might use a wonderful picket fence headboard as well as a fence design circling the walls. See how in this easy project from HGTV's "Room By Room". Once the design is traced onto the wall, tape it off using blue painter's tape (burnish the tape edges down with the blunt edge of a knife or even the side of a spoon -- to help the waxed edge adhere properly).

Cut a simple leaf shape out of a sponge, then use it to decorate your walls with leaf stamps. Experiment with colors and placement on some boards so you can perfect your technique before applying to the wall.

For the look of expensive custom wallcovering, consider applying decorative handmade paper to your walls using water soluable glue. Walls should first be covered with a plain wallpaper lining for easier removal in the future.

Paint, Stencil, and Faux

Kids and sports are a great combination. Any baseball nut in your house might be delighted to have this easy baseball design, complete with red stitching, painted in the wall. (Project is one of several on this page from "Room By Room".)

Your favorite quotation can be turned into a great wall design by stamping or stenciling words onto walls. This project could be done on the top of the wall as a border, over a door frame, behind a headboard, or anyplace needing an inexpensive wall treatment. If you have access to an overhead projector you can also project any quote onto your wall and trace it in paint pens.

Contemporary interiors might be the perfect place to try one of these faux metallic techniques.

An entry or small guest bathroom might be the perfect spot for an elegant gold glazed wall project. See photos and find out how to do it with the instructions on HGTV's website.

Vertical stripes give the illusion of heightening a room. See how to paint stripes onto a wall with these photos and simple instructions. The stripes are embellished with floral stamps, for a garden room effect. Remember that a high contrast stripe (such as bright blue on a white background) may be difficult to look at, and a more subtle color combination could be a better choice. Be sure to try your colors and stamps on a test board before applying it to a wall. Then lean it against the wall and live with it for a few days. If necessary, make adjustments in the stripe placement or color selection before beginning the project.

Murals are all the rage, but if you're not up to designing and painting a scene, then look doing a mural with stencils. Choose from architectural elements such as windows, arches, benches, lattice, doorways, and stone walls. Then add vines, flower pots, or animals.

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