Teen's rooms, rec rooms, youth group gathering centers and even classrooms can benefit from the bright, swirling colors of a tie-dye wall. If you think tie-dye is just for fabric, think again. Paint, imagination and help from the kids can turn a plain white wall into a dazzling scene of color. You could paint one of these walls as the focal point in a very eclectic room or give your personal business some pizazz. No matter the location, if your decor needs a lift, tie-dye it.

Tie-dye patterns feature a smudged look that you can re-create with paint.

Step 1

Draw your desired tie-dye design on the wall with chalk. You may choose traditional swirled colors or horizontal, vertical or diagonal stripes. Draw the lines straight; you'll be blending the sections later.

Step 2

Label each section with the color you want to use. Place coordinating colors next to each other. For instance, you wouldn't want to mix red and green because it creates a muddy color. Blue and green, red and orange, yellow and pink or pink and purple all work well.

Step 3

Paint two sections at a time with a darker shade of the hue you want to use. Brush a dry paintbrush back and forth over the edges of the sections to blend the edges of the paint and give it a tie-dyed effect.

Step 4

Let all your sections dry overnight.

Step 5

Dip fabric rags in lighter shades of each hue you used. Roll the rags up and down the appropriate sections, creating a mottled effect. This helps the paint look as if the "dye" soaked into the "fabric" unevenly. Allow the paint to dry for 24 hours.