I painted a really fantastic accent wall for a commercial client today, and it's too simple not to share. This is a great design that is easy enough for anyone to implement. Check it out and see the steps broken down below.
Painting this design is much easier than in looks. It's a simple paint, tape, paint, paint job. So here goes.
Step 1: First, paint the entire wall the color of your stripes (in this case yellow). You should only need one coat of good quality paint, as not much of the base color will show through. Let paint dry FULLY.
Step 2: Use painters tape to create your pattern. Frog Tape is the best brand, but any tape will do as long as you press it down firmly. You really can't go wrong with this design. Just cut tape pieces at different lengths and create trapezoids, triangles and pentagons of different sizes and angles.
Step 3: Paint over your tape with the same color paint (in this case yellow). (I skipped this step in the project because I ran out of paint. It just means extra work at the end.) Painting over your tape in the same color creates a seal and prevents your top color from bleeding under the tape. It will save you from a lot of touch ups later on.
Step 4: Paint over everything in your primary color (in this case white). You will definitely want two or three coats, especially if you are painting a lighter color over a darker one. I'd advise not to go too drastic on your colors (white over black for example), as you will have to paint MANY more coats.
Step 5: Carefully remove your tape before the paint completely dries. Go slowly or you might pull paint off of the wall from your bottom layer.
Step 6: Using a small paintbrush, touch up any bleeds or tears in the paint.
Voila! That's it. You have an incredible accent wall that you did yourself! I promise, anyone can do it. An 8' by 10' wall will take you about 5 or 6 hours, a gallon of paint in each color, and one or two roles of painters tape. If that's too much for you, just give me a call. I'll come and take care of you ;)