10 small paint projects that pack a punch

Bright flashes of paint used sparingly and unexpectedly in the home can have just as much impact as wall-to-wall colour. I love how pops of colour, however tiny, can really bring a room to life, injecting fun and personality into a space. They also add extra depth to a room and can help it feel more pulled-together and considered. It’s a bit like hanging artwork, or picking a vase for your shelf – these little details work together to create a more cohesive whole. And the best thing about these contained hits of accent shades is that they’re quick and easy to do. You don’t need to dedicate a whole weekend to a particular decorating project – these simple paint ideas are achievable in a couple of hours or less, so you can fit them in when you have a free window of time. Good things really do come in small packages, as these striking paint treatments prove.
| 1: Frame it up |
Instead of opting for standard white frames, try a bold shade to create a surprise focal point.

Source: Domino

| 2: Happy feet |
Give wooden furniture a modern edge with neon feet or legs.

Source: Meyer Lavigne

| 3: Structured plan |
Show off architectural features such as arches or alcoves by highlighting them in an accent colour.

Source: Design*Sponge

| 4: Hidden talent |
Maintain a neutral palette on the outside, but indulge your inner colour-lover by painting cupboard interiors in your favourite hue.

Source: A Beautiful Mess

| 5: On the edge |
A super-quick update that adds a quirky sense of fun – paint door edges in a striking shade.

Source: Honest to Nod

| 6: Inner workings |
Paint a cabinet interior or even the inside of a drawer in a contrasting colour for the element of surprise.

Source: Visual Heart

| 7: Get a handle |
Update cupboards or drawers with bold eye-catching handles or knobs.

Source: Zilverblauw

| 8: On the up |
Draw the eye with a banister or stair rail painted in a knock-out shade.

Source: Marie Claire Maison

| 9: Half portions |
You don’t have to paint a whole piece of furniture – stop halfway for a two-tone effect.

Source: housetohome

| 10: Flight of fancy |
Can’t choose just one shade? Mix and match happy brights on your staircase banisters.

Source: Miss Moss

Dulux makes it easy to complete a decorating job because on top of the wonderful colors they offer, they guide you through each stage of the process.  If you are tempted to try it out and would like a helping hand to visualize how it will look in your own home before committing your entire weekend to a makeover, the Dulux Visualizer is a handy little app that’s designed to give you the confidence to decide whether or not a colour is right for a particular place in your home. You can download the app on iTunes or Google Play.


Disclosure: This post was written in collaboration with Dulux, but all views and ideas are my own.



  1. October 14, 2015 / 7:41 am

    I really like the painted arch and the door edges. They’re really subtle but they make a great statement. If only we didn’t have a rented house of be trying these out tomorrow! Wonder if they’d notice…?

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:45 am

      I guess the good thing about the ideas is that they would be pretty easy to put back to how they were before as they’re only a little splash of colour…

  2. October 14, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Brilliant ideas! I painted the window frames in a flat I rented years ago and it was a perfect way of adding a bit of character. I love the idea of painting the edge of door frames, I might have to try that xx

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:44 am

      I miss our wooden window frames – love the idea of painting them a contrasting shade

  3. October 14, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Love these splashes of colour! The rarely noticed edges of doors are such a fun thing to paint. Definitely saving that idea for later!

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:44 am

      Door edges have made their way right to the top of my ‘want to do’ list..

  4. October 14, 2015 / 11:06 am

    Great ideas! Love a good colour pop x

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:43 am

      Just need to get around to adjusting the rest of the room to suit the new colour scheme now…

  5. October 16, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    Love these ideas they look amazing, definitely want to try painting the interior of cupboards or on the edges of doors etc, it creates an unexpected pop of colour!

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:42 am

      I keep thinking about the edges of doors – I think I’m just going to have to do it!

  6. November 11, 2015 / 7:29 am

    Love all of these. Door edges have been my thing for a while now. You can pretty much update them every month. Some great ideas here!

    • Heather Young November 11, 2015 / 9:37 am

      Love the idea of updating them every month – I’m notoriously fickle when it comes to colour so that would suit me very well!

  7. Patti
    November 11, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    Love it fab idea for painting archway thanks

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