Turning the house into a home is perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of living on your own. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to get really creative with color. Say goodbye to eggshell white walls or dull wallpapered rooms! To get you started, we’ve listed down five surprisingly simple DIY painting tricks below!

1. Make the connection.

A fun and quirky way to paint life into your home is by drawing the upper half of an illustration on the wall and continuing the next half on a piece of furniture. It’s a whimsical indulgence, but one that speaks volumes about your aesthetic sense.

2. Just roll with it.

In lieu of wallpaper, which can be difficult to remove, why don’t you opt for a pattern roller instead? All you need to do is make the corresponding measurements, find a design and a color that you like, and you can roll away!

3. Paint your stripes.

Stripes can be hard to miss, so if you really want a home that is all personality, these lines are the way to go. Vertical ones, in particular, can help make your room look bigger than it really is. However, you’ll need to be meticulous with your wall measurements. Use graphing paper to sketch out the division of the stripes and leave no room for error.

4. Draw a mural on your wall.

A mural can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. For beginners, try drawing tree trunks or simple flowers. Create an outline which you can trace over and don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors.

5. Stencil it in.

Nothing adds more character to a home than stencilled walls. Use spray adhesive to attach your pattern on the wall, then use a roller or a stencil brush to dab the paint of your choice on the stencil. Leave just a little color on your tools, as you don’t want the paint to spread and blur your pattern.

(1. Photo from DIY Notes via Carolyn O'Connor on Pinterest 2. Photo from Residence Blog via Stephi Grace on Pinterest 3. Photo from Leslie via Pinterest 4. Photo from Houzz via Dianne on Pinterest 5. Photo from Royal Design Studio via Monique De Tezanos Pinto on Pinterest)

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