While patterned walls are very popular, many home-owners are still fans of a simpler decorative look, without committing to full-on minimalism.
Feature walls have for some time provided a compromise: using bold paper to encase the chimney breast, or one wall, works well, thanks to its suitability to both modern and period homes.
Colour blocking is the perfect way for consumers who are looking for a splash of colour or pattern on a wall, without investing in wallpaper. It’s also a cost-effective and on-trend, working well with classic or contemporary furniture, and allows you to manage the creative process to create a look that is totally unique to your home.
Here are some top tips from leading masking tape manufacturer FrogTape, on how to get a professional look on your walls - for a fraction of the price.
Prep the wall by removing any old wallpaper and cleaning thoroughly.
Sand the wall to ensure it is completely smooth - 180 grit sandpaper is best for removing old chips of paint.
Refinish with a gel stain or your base paint colour.
Plan out your design (best to see how it looks on paper or a small flat surface like a tray first).
Paint your base coat.
Use FrogTape Delicate Surface Painter’s Masking Tape to mask out rows first, then any squares and diagonals last. Make sure to press and rub the edge of the tape to get a good seal. The Delicate Surface tape ensures you won’t remove previous coats. Make sure that each coat is completely dry and cured before masking and painting a second coat.
Paint the shapes - use a flat artist’s brush. Allow for the first coat to dry completely before adding the next coat.
Once the paint is dry, carefuly remove the tape.