How to Paint Designs on Your Walls

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If your walls are too plain, consider adding something to give them more pizazz. You don't need to paint your entire wall one color for a new look. Learn a new painting technique, such as stenciling or blocking, and you can start turning your walls into artwork.

Things You'll Need

  • Base color paint and paint for stenciled designs
  • Stencils
  • Poster board
  • Mylar
  • Painter's tape
  • Foam stencil brush or paintbrush
  • Artist's brush
  • Poster board or paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes

Paint Stencil Designs on Walls

  • Paint the wall a base color--usually a light neutral. Think of this as the canvas where you create your art. Wait for the paint to dry before applying stencils to your walls.

  • Buy or make a set of stencils. To create your own personal stencils, cut out stars, flowers or other shapes from poster board or mylar.

  • Lightly tape the stencil to the wall where you want the design. With a small paintbrush or foam stencil brush, carefully paint through the holes in the stencil. Be careful to paint only the pieces you want to show.

  • Slowly remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry. Reuse the stencil, making sure to wipe away any paint on the edges. Continue to paint until the wall is complete.

  • Touch up any mistakes with a tiny artist's brush and leftover paint. If you're very artistic, freehand paint any extra areas for more flair.

Paint Block Designs on Walls

  • Choose three similar paint colors--such as three reds or blues--and either black or white to create a modern block pattern on your wall. You can paint a base color or leave it, since you'll be covering it up anyway. For a more subdued effect, choose neutral shades of paint.

  • Draw blocks of various sizes--squares and rectangles--on poster board or paper. Make the blocks large enough to be noticeable on the walls, between 12 and 24 inches wide, and not too busy.

  • Lay the blocks out on the floor to decide on the best placement. Move them around until you find a pattern you like. Decide which colors should go on which blocks.

  • Place each block on the wall one at a time, starting with the top corner, and trace around it with a pencil. Use a level to make sure your lines are straight.

  • Tape off the penciled lines using painter's tape. Make sure the lines are straight all the way across and down your wall.

  • Paint the squares with the various colors you selected. Allow the paint to dry before slowly pulling off the painter's tape. Leave the lines whatever color was there before or paint them in with one of your new colors. Tape off the lines on either side to keep the edges straight and avoid going into the blocks.

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