78 Painting Ideas To Inspire And Delight Your Inner Artist

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If you want to be inspired to paint, then you’ll love this epic list of painting ideas. We have scoured the web to find 78 incredible ideas that will inspire you to bring art into your life. So, if you are ready to delight your inner artist, dive in.

Canvas Painting Ideas

We start our list with the more traditional canvas painting. 

Paint Scraping

Easy and fun to do, you can use acrylic paint and a flat object, such as an expired gift card or credit card to get this abstract effect. You can also use a larger object, such as the one used in the tutorial below.

Image source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QHpgJbXuD8

Acrylic Splatters

For a psychedelic canvas painting, you can try splattering acrylic paint into a canvas using brushes or even a toothbrush. It’s a good idea to make it outdoors since it could get messy.

Geometric Shapes

You can use a ruler or painter’s tape to get any geometric design that comes to your mind.

Image source: https://www.younghouselove.com/somebody-get-me-a-beret/

Quotes

If you have a quote that represents you, or you just really like, you can portray it into a canvas. A simple way to keep yourself inspired.

Image Source: http://paintspirationart.com/diy-3-easy-ways-to-paint-quotes-on-canvas/

Silhouette painting

Very simple and easy to do, a silhouette painting can be a great addition to your kid’s bedroom.

Image Source: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/how-to-make-silhouette-canvas-artwork-for-a-child-s-bedroom

Peacock

One of the most elegant birds, the feathers on a peacock can seem a little bit tricky to paint, but they don’t have to be.

Image Source: https://stepbysteppainting.net/2019/02/08/how-to-paint-a-peacock/

Tree Silhouettes

For a peaceful painting, you can try with a tree silhouette over a background of your choice.

Image Source: https://stuwahacreations.com/2013/10/06/44/

Turtles

Turtles are very interesting creatures. The patterns in their shells and fins can be very fun to paint.

Image Source: https://www.painters-online.co.uk/tips-techniques/acrylic/articles/how-to-paint-a-sea-turtle-in-acrylics-with-elena-parashko/

Stencil Painting

An easy and inexpensive way to get a beautiful painting. You have thousands of styles and patterns to choose from.

Image Source: https://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/blog/how-to-stencil-on-canvas-in-four-easy-steps.html

Abstract Ocean

The ocean gives us a beautiful blue palette, which you can portray in a simple, abstract painting.

Image Source: https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/abstract-art-ocean-painting-tutorial/

Multi Canvas

Using multiple canvases to create a single piece of art creates a seamless and appealing effect.

Image Source: https://snapguide.com/guides/paint-a-multi-canvas-wall-decor/

Aurora Borealis

Northern lights are one of the most fascinating phenomenons of nature and the good news is that there’s a simple method to get this effect.

Image Source: https://stepbysteppainting.net/2019/01/04/how-to-paint-easy-northern-lights/

Butterflies

The vivid colors in butterflies make for a cheerful painting. The orange shades in the monarch butterfly are just beautiful. 

Image Source: https://stepbysteppainting.net/2019/03/09/how-to-paint-a-butterfly/

Painting Projects for Kids

Our kids are fountains of creativity and these great painting ideas will help to develop their art skills.

Painted rocks

A simple and fun one, painting rocks is a classic. The options are endless. Try to use smooth rocks that can be found at a river, or you can even buy them online.

Image Source: https://colormadehappy.com/rock-crafts-kids-rock-painting-ideas/

Painted Paper Plates

Paper plates are a really good prop for painting with your kids. You wouldn’t imagine the number of creative options you have.

Image Source: https://tinkerlab.com/painting-and-drawing-paper-plate-craft/

Painting with Feet

Children love the tactile feeling of painting with their feet, and the outcome could serve as wrapping paper for gifts. Their grandparents would truly appreciate it.

Image Source: https://homegrownfriends.com/home/painting-with-feet/

Silhouette Painting

You can use vinyl stickers and paint over it to create a painting with your kid’s name. They’ll surely love it once you remove the stickers.

Image Source: https://www.happinessishomemade.net/art-for-kids-silhouette-painting/

Mason Jar Painted Lantern

Really simple, but the outcome can be beautiful. Just put a candle inside the jar and you have a beautiful lantern you can put as a centerpiece for dinner.

Image Source: https://buggyandbuddy.com/making-a-glass-jar-lantern/

Pumpkins

A classic amongst children, you can surely let their imagination fly with painted pumpkins.

Image Source: http://www.ecokidsart.com/pumpkin-painting-for-young-kids-nontoxic-art-project/

Watercolor Coffee Filter Flowers

A beautiful and simple idea. You can get even the littlest ones to participate, and get a creative centerpiece.

 

Image Source: https://handsonaswegrow.com/watercolor-coffee-filter-flowers/

Watercolor on Canvas

Usually, watercolor paint is not used on canvas, but the results are beautiful and the process very simple.

Image Source: https://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2013/05/watercolour-on-canvas-art-for-kids.html

Leaf Painting

A really good idea to take advantage of those tons of leaves in autumn. Try using leaves from different trees and shapes. The best are the crunchy ones. 

Image Source: https://www.artbarblog.com/leaf-painting-with-kids/

Sponge Painting

A wonderful and simple way for your children to start painting. You can cut the sponges in different shapes to get different results.

 

Image Source: https://busytoddler.com/2016/08/sponge-painting-process-art/

Furniture Painting

There was a time when furniture would live its life in the color it was made in...not any more.

You can easily change the color of your furniture with paint and to help inspire you more. Our list has some incredible ideas for painting your furniture.

Paint-Splattered Furniture

You can get a really interesting artsy look from a piece of otherwise dull furniture only by splattering it with paint.


Image Source: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/furniture/21016568/how-to-create-paint-spattered-furniture

Painted & Stained Dresser

Two-toned dressers have a beautiful and classic look. Try to leave some of the wood with its natural finish for that nice contrast.

Image Source: https://www.madnessandmethod.com/painted-stained-dresser/

Geometric Pattern on Furniture

You can create a geometric pattern on any piece of furniture to get an abstract and eye-catching look.

Image Source: https://mudpaint.com/how-to-geometric-pattern-furniture/

Chalkboard Painted Dresser

If you like to keep everything organized, or if you just simply like to have a surface to get creative every now and then, a chalkboard painted dresser is a winner.


Image Source: https://sewwoodsy.com/diy-chalkboard-painted-dresser/

Rustic Look

Easy to do, you can get an artistic and classic look out of any piece of furniture by using Milk Paint.

Image Source: https://www.realmilkpaint.com/blog/tips/how-to-create-rustic-look/

Multiple Color Drawer

You can get a fun look by painting each drawer in a different color. An easy to do upgrade if you have a boring drawer that needs a fresh look.

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/342695852877642264/

Farmhouse Style Chair

If you like that farmhouse style, then you’ll love how simple it is to get this retro look.

Image Source: https://www.familyhandyman.com/painting/how-to-paint-furniture-farmhouse-style-chair/

Chalkboard Top Coffee Table

A beautiful finish and an awesome idea for a coffee table. You can let your creativity run while also enjoying a hot beverage.

Image Source: https://www.lizmarieblog.com/2014/08/chalkboard-top-coffee-table-makeover/

Dipped Legs Stool

Really simple. You can easily change the look of a stool simply by painting the lower portion of the legs in your preferred color. You can also turn it around and only paint the top portion.

Image Source: https://www.stylemepretty.com/living/2016/04/12/on-trend-diy-dipped-stools-for-half-the-price/

Striped Dresser

For a cheerful look, you can add stripes to your plain dresser and give it that pop of color that will completely change it.

Image Source: https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/how-to-multi-striped-dresser

Yellow Furniture

Probably the most joyous color you can pick, yellow is a sure bet if you want an accent piece of furniture.


Image Source: https://whimsyandwood.com/yellow-painted-furniture/

Chalk Painting Ideas

If you want to spice up your art and home, then chalk paint is for you.

Check out these incredible chalk ideas.

Upholstered Painted Chair

I know it might sound a little bit weird, painting fabric, but the outcome is beautiful, and the paint, believe it or not, holds very well.

Image Source: https://www.helenedwardswrites.com/painting-upholstered-chair-annie-sloan-chalk-paint/

Chalk Bed Frame

You can get a classic and timeless feel simply by using chalk paint in your bed frame.

Image Source: http://seedinto.info/chalk-paint-bed-frame/

Chalk Painted Cabinets

A sure hit if you want to refurbish those battered cabinets, chalk paint will surely give them a fresh look.

Image Source: https://www.anniesloan.com/techniques/how-to-paint-your-kitchen-cabinets-with-chalk-paint

Chalk Painted Piano

If you have an old piano and feel that doesn’t integrate very well with your decor, you can give it a fresh look with a fresh coat of chalk paint.

Image Source: https://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/paint-piano-chalkpaint/

Chalkboard Headboard

An inspiring quote to start your day or waking up and drawing something inspired in the dream you were having. Keep in mind, it’s a good idea to use dustless chalk.

Image Source: https://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/paint-piano-chalkpaint/

Chalkboard Door

A wonderful and creative way to take advantage of that space. A really good idea if you have a playroom for your kid.

Image Source: http://willowstreetinteriors.com/how-to-make-a-chalkboard-door/

Chalk Mason Jars

For a gorgeous table center, you can use a chalk painted mason jar. Simple to do, the distressed look gives it a lot of charm.


Image Source: https://diyjoy.com/mason-jar-crafts-diy-chalk-painted-jars/

Chalk Painted Pillows

No worries, chalk paint adheres to almost any fabric, and the outcome of these chalk painted pillows is just beautiful.

Image Source: https://www.artsychicksrule.com/chalk-painted-porch-pillows-annie-sloan/

Chalk Painted Mirror Frame

If you want a vintage piece of decor, a chalk painted mirror is a wonderful option.

Image Source: https://www.sincerelysarad.com/tutorial-for-painting-a-mirror-with-chalk-paint/

Chalk Paint DIY Sign

If you have a piece of scrap wood lying around, you can turn it into a beautiful DIY sign with a little bit of chalk paint.

Image Source: http://johleneorton.com/using-chalk-paint-diy-signs/

Chalk Painted Basket

Chalk paint is probably the best paint you can use in a wicker basket. A slight hand of paint will instantly improve the look of the basket.

Image Source: https://chalkingupsuccess.com/how-to-improve-a-basket-with-chalk-paint/

Chalk Painted Garden Pot

If you want to add some color to your garden, what better way than painting your garden pots?

Chalk paint looks gorgeous on them.

Image Source: https://honeyandroses.com/2015/02/28/how-to-paint-a-garden-pot-using-chalk-paint/

Chalkboard Painted Canister

To add a unique look to an otherwise boring kitchen canister, you can use chalkboard paint. It can also help you organize them.


Image Source: https://www.hgtv.com/design/rooms/kitchens/chalkboard-kitchen-canisters

Chalk Painted Rug

You can get a customized rug, by using chalk paint. You’d be surprised at how well the paint holds up, even under harsh conditions.

Image Source: https://www.allthingsthrifty.com/custom-rug-using-chalk-paint/

Chalk Painted Fireplace

You can easily turn your old looking, dirty fireplace into a beautifully textured fireplace with a little bit of chalk paint.

Image Source: https://www.diybeautify.com/2017/10/using-chalk-paint-to-update-brick-fireplace-and-mantel.html

Chalk Painted Staircase

The durability of chalk paint makes it a really good option to transform an outdated staircase. You can use stencils to create beautiful patterns. Keep in mind that it also works wonderfully in the handrails.

Image Source: https://www.allthingsthrifty.com/how-to-update-wood-stairs-with-chalk-paint/

Watercolor Painting Ideas

Water colour paint is a classic art technique and so we couldn’t leave these ideas off our list.

Flowers

If you want something simple to get started, you can try with flowers. They don’t have to be perfect, they’re already beautiful.

 

Image Source: https://www.ftd.com/blog/create/watercolor-flowers

Landscapes

This is a classic. Surely, you’ve painted at least one in your lifetime, probably as a kid. They are an organic and simple way to get started in watercolor.

Image Source: https://www.mybluprint.com/article/how-to-paint-a-watercolor-landscape-in-just-5-steps

Birds

A wonderful idea when it comes to watercolor painting. Animals are easy to paint, especially birds. 

Image Source: https://thevirtualinstructor.com/watercolor-bird.html

Plants

Another classic when it comes to watercolor painting. If you have the option, it’s a good idea to use a potted plant as a subject.

Image Source: https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-techniques/watercolor-setting-up-and-painting-a-floral-still-life/

Fruits

Another really good subject for watercolor painting, fruits have those rich colors that make a painting stand out. Vegetables work just as well.

Image Source: https://www.mybluprint.com/article/how-to-paint-fruit

Skies & Clouds

Who hasn’t been, at some point, fascinated by the sky? You can get a simple, yet beautiful and powerful watercolor painting.

Image Source: https://www.scratchmadejournal.com/blog/watercolor-tutorial-how-to-paint-skies-clouds

Trees

The relaxing green of trees... If you have a tree in your garden that you can use as a subject, you’re all set.

Image Source: https://watercolorpainting.com/watercolor-tree-painting/

Galaxies

We’ve always been fascinated by space and its mysteries. Galaxies are a trend amongst watercolor artists.

Image Source: https://littlecoffeefox.com/how-to-paint-watercolor-galaxy/

Moonscape

An otherworldly painting idea, you can create cool effects such as shadowed craters or swirling clouds.

 

Image Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Voa7Xvhsq6Q

Feathers

A little bit tricky to master, feathers can make for a simple, yet beautiful little piece of painting.

Image Source: https://www.inkstruck.com/watercolor-feather-tutorial/

Boats

Boats over calm waters, a very soothing scene. Ideal for a home office, or a place where you want to get some relaxation going.

Image Source: https://doodlewash.com/watercolor-tutorial-painting-boat-water-sujit-sudhi/

Sunset

The color palette of sunsets is definitely one of the most beautiful in nature. A melancholic looking painting.

Image Source: https://watercolorpainting.com/how-to-watercolor-paint-a-sunset-sky/

Home


And last but not least, if a big brush is more your style then you will love this inspiration of home painting ideas.


Texture Wall

Create texture using different techniques. Although these techniques could be a little bit difficult to master, you can buy specialized brushes or rollers to get the desired effect.

Image Source: https://nipponpaint.co.in/6-amazing-home-interior-wall-texture-designs/

Striped Wall

For a contemporary look, you can opt for a striped wall. It definitely adds an interesting touch to the room.

Image Source: https://kellyinthecity.com/navy-striped-wall-with-dutch-boy/

Accent Wall

If you really like a color, but can’t picture a whole room painted in it, you could consider an accent wall that contrasts with the rest of the room.

Image Source: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/walls/21015827/how-to-choose-an-accent-wall

Black and White

Probably the most classic and timeless color combination.

Image Source: https://littlefiatbigadventure.com/24-perfect-images-black-and-white-painted-rooms/

Abstract Wall

Let your creativity fly with an abstract painted wall. There are no rules for the design.

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/509540145334806658/

Polka Dots

Adding a fun look to the room, Polka Dots are a playful choice. You can either use stickers or even better, stencils. 

Image Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/221380137918351866/

Color Blocking

You can get a funny and unique wall by combining different colors in different shapes. You can use contrasting colors, or for a bold focal point, colors you usually don’t put together.

Image Source: https://www.decoist.com/2015-08-20/color-blocking-paint-ideas/?chrome=1

Typographic designs

You can use a typographic design for practical purposes, for example, if you have a large space, these can be defined with different numbers or letters. You can also express yourself with a personalized message.

Image Source: http://www.crismatec.com/1529840127/mnc/bc93bfd961080ce6/

Office


Chalkboard Wall

The most productive paint you could use in a room, chalkboard paint is a great option for your home office. If you have a knack for drawing, it can also be a lot of fun.

Image Source: https://www.thespruce.com/sophisticated-chalkboard-paint-ideas-4582330

Blue Office

One of the more popular colors used in offices, and for a good reason. Blue is a soothing color that can help calm stress and promote concentration.


Image Source: https://www.oberlo.com/blog/home-office-ideas

Pop of Color

A bright and vibrant color will help keep you inspired.

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Metallic Paint

For an elegant and modern look in your working space, you can consider metallic paint, paired with metal accents.

Image Source: http://www.crismatec.com/1535858348/mnc/09bd8d928ed9aa71/

Kids’ bedrooms


Pastel nursery

Pastel colors provide a soothing and pleasant atmosphere, helping your baby and maybe even yourself, feel restful.

Image Source: https://www.architectureartdesigns.com/17-attractive-pastel-nursery-design-ideas/

Pattern Wall

The simple design will delight your kid, and you can even choose the colors with him/her. Just use a roll of masking tape to get this trending design.

Image Source: https://www.decoist.com/kids-bedrooms-chevron-pattern/multi-colored-chevron-stripes-make-a-stunning-accent-wall-in-the-kids-bedroom/?chrome=1

Painted Ceiling

There are so many options for a beautiful, cozy and creative ceiling. Remember your kid will fall asleep after looking at it, so a soothing design or pattern might be a good idea.

Image Source: https://www.homedit.com/kids-bedroom-ceiling-designs/

Gray Bedroom

Older children’s rooms can be a little bit harder to get right. Grey is an elegant color that might appeal to them since they often seem to like darker colors.

Image Source: https://www.decorpad.com/photo.htm?photoId=123354


So there you have it, our huge list of painting ideas. Did we miss anything? If so, comment below to let us know!

 

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