Typically found at the threshold of foyers and halls, or as entryways to connect rooms, arched doorways are either loved or loathed. If your taste leans toward the latter, yet your budget doesn't quite stretch to renovation status just yet, you can disguise the look of an internal archway with paint. Simply apply painters tape to square off the rounded edges of an offending curve, paint it up and, with the help of bright and bold decor, trick yourself into believing it was never there!
Get the look with paint
• Lay a drop sheet in position to catch spills and splatters.
• Wash walls to be painted using sugar soap. Let dry.
• Use a spirit level to mark up plumb lines, about 100mm each side of the doorway. Also mark a level line about 150mm above the doorway. Adjust the position of marked lines if power switches are nearby.
• Using full lengths of good-quality painters tape, mask along marked lines. Firmly press tape to wall to avoid paint bleed.
• Repeat this method to mask up the other side of your doorway, or choose to finish your paint job flush with the inside edge of the archway.
• To further prevent paint bleed, paint along tape with the existing wall colour and let dry. This seals the taped edges and gives a clean line for your feature colour.
• Prime area to be painted, if necessary.
• Use a short nap roller to paint masked section in 2 coats of feature colour of your choice; here, Dulux Ticking. Let dry after each coat.
• Carefully remove tape to reveal a crisp painted line.