Painting a wall doesn’t have to mean a plain boring paint job anymore. If you’re as indecisive as I am, you can understand my dilemma when choosing paint colors for a wall. This type of project is no different in the starting process of all of my project planning. I pullout my magazines (even the fashion ones) and go to the online catalogs and I day dream about how I want my wall to look.
Once I settle on a color family, I travel to the hardware store (Home Depot, Menards or Lowe’s) and head straight to the painting department. The paint swatches become like a buffet for my taking. As I look down in my hand and see how many swatches I’ve snatched, that makes the journey to the finish line even that much further away. By this time, I’m thinking why have picked all of these variances of color? All they’ve done is just confuse me even more. So I go back to my home office, divide the swatches into piles of yes, no or maybe. I get rid of the NO’s and the battle in my head begins between the piles of YES or MAYBE. This last elimination last longer than I’d like it to, but in the end, I will have at least three coordinating colors. Now we can officially start to put your project together. If your budget limits you to start small, start with a few gallons of paint & primer all in one. When I painted the walls in the living room and dining room, I was bored after seeing the same color on three consecutive walls. So I thought about what artistic element could I add that I hadn’t seen on anyone’s walls in my world, so I decided to add a slightly darker color. My first learning lesson was to make sure the first coat of paint for the background was totally dry. Trust me, if you continue with the next step without the wall being completely dry, you’ll just be angry at an ugly wall & probably yourself. I then added the 2nd color to the wall using a hand drawn design with the help of painters tape. I measured about 5 feet off of the ground to make my starting marks. I also used a leveler to ensure that my lines were leveled and straight. I thought of designs anywhere from the Chevron pattern to an Ocean Wave. In the end I chose the Ocean Wave. I drew the lines then used painters tape to ensure I painted inside the lines. You might find it more efficient to draw all of your lines first then tape the lines all at once, because once you pull out the paint & brush, it’ll be quicker to continue through the end.