Metallic wall paint offers creative home decorators the chance to enhance any space with light-reflecting touches. Whether you add small hints of paint in high places or go bold and cover large areas with shimmers, today’s metallic paints go beyond gold and silver. Restraint is needed, however, as the “bling,” will be easy to overdo. Pick just one room or two, and enjoy.
BorderBring a shine to the upper part of a wall, along a chair rail or under a plate rack with a solid line or stenciled border painted with metallic wall paint. Beautiful when hit with indirect light or the flicker of candlelight, a border of metallic paint adds that hint of glamor to any room that needs a little drama. Metallic paint accents are especially effective when used with a coordinating base wall color. For example, use a warm terracotta-colored wall paint and a copper metallic paint. A metallic paint border is a good choice for a dining room.
Checkerboard PatternMake a bold statement with a large silver-metallic and flat-black checkerboard pattern. Ideal to use on one wall in a family rec room or “man cave,” the silver metallic paint gives the whole room a theme to build upon. A suitable backdrop for a home bar, pool table or media room, it’s a design that requires only some painter’s tape and patience to achieve.
StripesPaint stripes in a child’s bedroom or a nursery with a colored metallic paint. A bit of striping goes a long way, so stripe only one or two walls in a similar shade as the wall paint, varying the size of the stripes from large to narrow for a fun, light-catching treatment. With the paint colors basically identical, the metallic element in the stripes adds drama without the chaos some people attribute to a striped pattern.
Frame a SectionUse the metallic wall paint as a backdrop for another piece of artwork when you paint a metallic square or rectangle on the wall to frame it. Take that awkward sculptural piece or rustic antique and hang it against the wall. Mark off a space around it with painter's tape, and then fill in that area with a metallic paint to act as a background for your unframed display. This will draw viewers eyes to the art and let them know that it has value and purpose.