Fun and Quirky Uses for Leftover Paint Chips

No, we’re not suggesting that you go to your local paint store and walk out with hundreds of paint chips and strips. If you’ve recently (or not-so-recently) painted your home or are in a home decorating-related field, chances are you have plenty of them floating around – maybe you even have an outdated book of samples!

The great thing about paint chips is that you usually wind up with a lot of them in coordinating shades, perfect for ombre effects. When you’re done with them, don’t throw them out – upcycle them. Paint chip decor is especially apropos for home decorating lovers and professional interior decorators, adding a riot of color and cheer to any space.

Check out these awesome ideas for colorful home decor featuring the humble paint chip.


For a project on a smaller, more traditional scale, cut, punch, or simply paste paint chip pieces to a background for a colorful, playful effect.

Paint chip art, via
Paint chip pixelated painting, via
Photo credit: Erika Bierman Photography
Bedroom by Heather Freeman Design Co.
Entry by Terrat Elms Interior Design
Paint chip pinwheels, via
Photo courtesy of Erin from Lansdowne Life
Large-scale decor

Sometimes plain art just won’t cut it. Try paint chips on a larger scale to make a statement.

Paint chip glass tabletop, via
Paint Chip Wall
Paint chip wall, via Papery & Cakery
Photo credit:
Home Office by Phillips Collection
Best of all, it’s inexpensive and fairly temporary (and it probably matches the paint colors that you ultimately chose)! What do you do with leftover paint chips?