Painting A Pattern On A Wall

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Have you ever wanted to do something a little more pizzazzy on a wall than just a straight paint color?  Maybe you have thought of adding wallpaper for a feature wall but the idea of hanging it …….and later stripping it has left you with sweaty palms.

Well….painting a pattern on a wall is not as difficult as what it may seem, depending on the pattern of course.  You can add a ton of style, or as I like to say — Pizzazz!, to a wall by simply incorporating another color or just a glaze in a fun design.

Are you having a tough time picturing it?  No worries!  I have several examples of creative patterns ranging from subtle to bold to suit your style.  And, of course, these examples include instructions that can be found by simply clicking on the photos.

Creative Examples For Painting A Pattern On A Wall:

paint stencil for a wall
Paint stencil for a wall by Homes n Houses

One great way to create a pattern or decal look is to use a paint stencil created for walls.  These are easy to use and provide awesome results.  One place, that I found, where you can purchase these paint stencils is at Cutting Edge Stencils.  They have a nice variety and are quite affordable.  You will be amazed at some of the patterns!

embossed paint roller
Embossed paint roller by The Painted House

Another newer way for painting a pattern on a wall is to use an embossed paint roller.  You have to use flat paint for this and I imagine it takes a pretty steady hand.  I might try it for a small area.

striped wall pattern
Striped wall pattern by

Painting stripes is probably the easiest pattern to do.  All you need is at least a couple of different paint colors or sheens and some painters tape…. and a level is a good idea!

More inspiration:

painting a pattern on a wall
photo via Gusto Flight
diamond wall paint pattern
Diamond wall paint pattern by Wall Story

A diamond pattern is a little more complicated but uses the same technique as the stripe in that you need to mark off your pattern with painters tape.  Check out the tutorial for an easy way to measure your diamonds.

Here are some inspiration photos of the diamond or harlequin pattern:

harlequin wall pattern
photo via Tattered and Inked
painting a pattern on a wall
photo via Home Izea
diamond wall border
photo via Unique Baby Gear Ideas

Just adding a diamond border creates a lot of drama!  This argyle pattern is easy to do with an additional paint color.

squares of paint
photo via Houzz

Finally, I love this idea for painting squares on the wall in a slightly different shade of wall paint and then framing it with molding to showcase art work.  This is a very subtle and classy way to dress up walls!  Just measure your squares, tape off the borders, and paint.  If you don’t want to make a frame with molding, think about old picture frames and paint your squares according to the size of the frames you have.

Happy Painting!

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