Following on from yesterday’s reveal of Dulux’s Autumn 2016 colour trend forecast, today we bring you the complementary how-to. Perfect for DIY-lovers, follow these simple steps to recreate the stunning diagonal wall paint effect you see below.
Walls in Dulux Pickled and Dulux Pretty Primrose
1. Like any paint job you’ll need your usual drop sheet, masking tape and brushes. However, because we’re creating a diagonal line you’ll also need a HB pencil, an eraser, calculator and measuring tape.
2. Before you begin putting paint to plaster it’s a good idea to visualise your design first. For best results, plan your look taking into account furniture and art in the room because this will help inform your decision.
3. To make life easier, paint the entire wall in your lightest colour first. For step-by-step instructions on how to mask, cut and lay-off your wall click here.
4.Using the tape that is masking the trim, mark where you would like your diagonal line to start and finish. Once you are happy with these points use string and get someone to help by holding it taut at each end, lining up with the start and finish for your diagonal line – now mark this at increments along your wall. You could also use chalk line – this is an effective way to mark the diagonal line on the wall making it very easy to then mask it.
5.Now you’re ready to mask your line. It helps to have someone holding the tape taut from one end as you line it up with the increments you’ve marked out. Don’t forget, your tape must line up to the outside of your design – It seems obvious but it’s an easy mistake to make. Press your tape with a putty knife to prevent paint bleeding through.
6.Now for the fun part. Grab your brush or roller and begin painting your secondary coat of paint.
7.Paint the second colour in your design. Once your second coat is completely dry, carefully remove your tape at a 45 degree angle to prevent paint from peeling. If you notice any bleeds from underneath your tape you can easily patch it up with a fine brush.
8.Now all that’s left to do is tidy up and invite your friends over to admire your new look. Voila!
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Photography by Mike Baker | Styling by Bree Leech and Heather Nette King