New paint trend alert! The latest decorating idea making a big impression on Instagram

Stay ahead of the curve with the latest paint idea making an impact
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  • To get the latest trending look for homes many will turn to Instagram for inspiration. Right now the winning way with paint, making a big impression with a little budget, is the ‘painted arch’.

    This simple paint method is a highly effective, low-cost decorating option to give a sense of purpose to walls, adding architectural detail when it’s not there. Consider it the feature wall of the future for fashion-forward homes.

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    Painted arch ideas for every room

    A painted arch is the new on-trend decorating idea to refresh any room, from hallways and living rooms to bedrooms.


    One account to fully embrace this trend is that of Lissi @oxfordone, a self-confessed ‘DIY and colour enthusiast.’

    This account is one to follow for bold colour and paint ideas. Take for instance this captivating front door…

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    Never have I ever… made a tank of petrol last 8 weeks 🙌 Your turn- Never have you ever… . PS. How brilliant is this little reminder to sort your lipstick out by the front door➡️ @ginagpotter kindly gifted me this print before lockdown and I struggled to choose between their fabulous lip prints which are also available as hand printed t-shirts which you can drop her a DM to order 👄 #supportsmallbusiness . #affordableart #entryway #painttransformation #budgetmakeover #entryway #hallwaymakeover #pinkandyellow #colourclash #colourideas #colourinspo #preloved #arch #geometric #diyideas #paintjob #doorway #frontdoor #Pink #simplicity #happeningonebay #makeyousmilestyle #myinteriorstyletoday #mycreativeinterior #interiorsinspo #homeinterioruk #homeinterior

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    The punch pink makes this hallway a space to be marvelled at the minute guests arrive. Upon entry to such a home you’d be beyond intrigued to get in further to see the rest of the homes creativity.

    And again another room, another painted arch…


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    We've come a long long way together, through the green tiles and the good. I have to celebrate you baby, I have to praise you like I should BECAUSE YOU'RE ONLY FEATURED ON @apartmenttherapy TODAY!!! 🎉🙌🎉🙌 #linkinbio 😂 If you've followed me for a while you're probably sick of before and after shots of my kitchen but we really have come a long way from those nasty lime tiles ➡️ and except for her most recent counter top switch, I've done it all myself and on a budget 👩🏼‍🔧💪updating your kitchen with cabinet and tile paint is such an easy transformation that will extend the life of your kitchen without ripping the whole thing out. Anyway have a read and let me know what you think!!🥰 . This post contains previously gifted items from @bramwellbrown and @madebyyasmin both of which I adore and highly recommend. . . #apartmenttherapy #kitchensofinstagram #kitchendecor #kitchen #diy #memphis #ikeaatmine #ikeahack #colourfulkitchen #paintedcabinets #arch #myfabhome #kitchenshelfie #yellow #kitcheninspo #interiorforinspo #interiordetails #shelfstyling #myinteriorstyletoday #mycolourfulinterior #colourfulinteriors #eclecticdecor #interiordesire #küchen #meineküche #wallmural #colourblocking

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    In the kitchen the fabulous coral painted arch is overlaid with a zingy square of aquamarine. Giving the painted arch even further impact, producing the perfect backdrop for the display shelves.

    Home office

    Another pro who’s a fan of the new trend is Medina @grillodesigns, who admits she’s looking for more walls to paint. Take that as a warning, it seems this new painting trend is highly addictive.

    More of Medina’s brilliant work: Home decor enthusiast makes stunning DIY dining bench – using IKEA Kallax units and velvet headboard

    Living room

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    I PAINTED AN ARCH. 🙌🏼🌈💚 . What do you think? 😅 . That was a lot faffier than I thought it was going to be as you’ve probably gathered from our stories. 😂✏️ Also — would you believe it — as I was doing the final coat on this bad boy, the postie delivered a @decoratingcentreonline parcel which means the paint for the bedroom arch has also arrived, yiippeee. 🙌🏼 I think I might have a couple of days off after this one tho — there’s only so many times a girl can sharpen a hb pencil with a bobby brown eyeliner sharpener and hammer unnecessary holes in walls in one week. 🔨🤷🏼‍♀️❣️ . Oh, and swipe ➡️ for a couple of befores. 📸 . . . . . . #diy #peepmypad #firsthome #shelfie #riversidegarden #colourfiedhomes #homedecor #instahome #homeinspo #renovation #diyonabudget #loveourhomes #colourfulhomevibe #howihouseplant #mydailyhomesquare #myrenostory #pimpupmypad #myinteriorsquares #brightenmywall #dabblingwithdecor #myhouselikethis #showusyourgaff #yourdiyhomes #myhousethismonth #storyofmyhome #interiormixtape #paintedarch #myhouseincolour #letterboxmag #yourlayeredhome

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    This savvy interiors enthusiast uses a painted arch in the living room to embolden the simple linear artwork on the walls. As a side note we adore the colour combination of this whole scheme.


    Another keen follow of interior fashions @fallfordiy has chosen to use the painted arch trend to highlight bedside table placement. How effective is that for creating an illusion of wall architecture that’s not really there? Super impressive.

    This example showcases how to use the painted arch to emphasise an existing design feature – here it’s the doorway, leading to a walk-in wardrobe beyond. Consider it like painting the door surround to frame the space, only on a more artistic scale.

    turquoise painted arch in alcove

    Image credit: Jeremy Lawrence

    For those lucky enough to have the real deal with alcoves, why not still adopt the arch effect by painting the depth in white – to make the arch stand out.

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