When I decided to give my guest room a makeover for the One Room Challenge, I knew it would be a great opportunity to create a cool accent wall. So once I finished the rest of the space, I dove into the final detail – a hand painted brushstroke accent wall using a slightly darker paint color.
- Original latex wall paint color
- Black latex paint
- One inch wide paintbrush
- Washi tape
- Measuring tape
Begin by stretching a piece of washi tape across the wall, somewhere in the middle. Attach it lightly, and then use a level to make sure it is straight.
Next, mix a small amount of black with your wall color. I used about a 1 to 10 ratio of black to blue. Mix it up really well and test it in an inconspicuous area. Let it dry and see how you like the color. Mine looked almost the same as the original color when wet, but dried darker.
Once you've decided on your color, begin making brush strokes above the tape. They should be about 3 inches tall, and I had the best luck going from bottom to top.
Continue painting all the way across the wall, and then do additional rows below. You can apply the tape each time if you want to let each row dry in between, but I was going for a more casual look so I did it freehand. I periodically measured up to the bottom of one side of the row and compared it with the other side of the same row to make sure I wasn't going diagonally instead of straight across.
Continue on until you've finished your entire wall, and voilà – you have a fun patterned accent wall that will add some serious character to your space.
The strokes are not perfect, but that's what I like about it… it has that hand painted feel that's so popular these days, but on a large scale.
I think it looks a bit like crocodile skin, in a subtle way. But if it's not bold enough for you, feel free to add more black! Check out what a difference a pattern makes… here's our original guest room before the big makeover.