Art is having a major moment in terms of interior design trends. Not only are we seeing more local or personal art decorating walls, but we’re seeing a higher use of bright, bold colors in the form of wall paint, wallpaper and even using the blank wall as a canvas for its own art. Here’s how to paint a geometric wall design in your home.
Planning for a Geometric Wall Design
You’ll want to have your geometric design sketched out on paper, including dimensions and lengths, before ever applying the painter’s tape. This will give you a better idea of what the final product should look like, without the frustration of applying and removing tape over and over until you achieve the design you have in mind.
To begin, measure the height of your wall to determine the number of rows in the pattern or the height of the shapes you envision. Also measure the width of the wall to determine the length of each shape or line.
Then, plan out your color palette. Visit James T. Davis for swatch options and lay them out in a similar grid or pattern as what you imagine for your wall. This will give you a better idea of how the colors compliment each other, and it will give you the opportunity to fine-tune your color choices beforehand.
How to Paint a Geometric Wall Design
Before you can begin painting a geometric design on your wall, you’ll first need to prep and get ready. Apart from choosing the colors you want for your wall, you’ll want to have ready:
- A drop cloth or an old sheet for the floor
- A cloth or cellulose sponge
- Water and dishwashing liquid
- Painter’s tape
To begin, it’s important that all holes have been patched prior to starting this project. Because a geometric wall design requires very clean, straight lines, you don’t want any bumps, holes or scuffs getting in the way.
From there, use your cloth or sponge and your water/dishwashing liquid combination to wipe down the wall you’re about to paint to remove any dust or dirt. Immediately follow-up by rinsing the wall with clean water to remove any soap residue.
Next, apply your tape.
Reference the sketch you have already made, along with the dimensions you measured out, to apply the painter’s tape in the same pattern or structure. To ensure straight lines, let the tape guide you rather than trying to pull the tape on. Keep the tape loose as you’re applying it and smooth it down lightly once you’ve achieved your straight line.
Finally, you get to paint. Start with the lightest color in your palette first, as it won’t require as many coats. First, use a paintbrush to cut in along the edges of the tape. Then, use a roller to fill in the shape.
Remove the tape at a backwards 45-degree angle while the paint is still slightly wet and then let the paint dry for at least four hours.
Then, repeat the steps for the second color. You’ll want to re-apply tape as needed and repeat the same process of cutting in and rolling the rest.
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