Paint a block frame on your wall

by Faye Knows Best17th August 2015

In your home, an easy way to make a feature out of a plain wall is to paint a block of colour by way of backing to frame a picture or three. This works best if the colour you use ties in with some other room feature or perhaps you have one wall of wallpaper you want to select a highlight colour from (or go for something completely clashing if you’re feeling brave/ menstrual). This method is really flexible as you can paint any shape, size or colour to suit the pics you already have to display.

I first did this in a dark plum colour on my living room wall to match the colour palette for the downstairs of my house, and think I got good bang for my buck.

Gold square before

I recently gave my living room an upgrade and changed the overal colour scheme, making the purple area pretty redundant. I still loved the effect it gave though, and so decided to simply refresh the colour to suit the new decor.

So I guess if you’re looking to try something similar you’ll need to start from scratch, and here’s what you’ll be needing:

Gold pain equipment

Paint, roller, roller tray, pencil, measuring tape, masking tape.

1. Start by laying your pictures on the floor in the order they’ll sit on your wall, and be sure they are spaced in the way you want them to appear once hung. Have a think about how much space you want around each of the pics – I’d suggest going for at least 10cm all round so the colour can be seen around the pictures, but it completely depends on what space you have. Measure up on the floor the area size you’re going to want to paint on the wall (maybe write it down before you forget like I usually do).

Gold square tape off

2. Once you have these measurements, mark that space out onto the wall using your pencil, and then use the masking tape to mark the area off. This means you can paint inside the marked off shape and will get a clean edge. It was a bit simpler for me as I just masked around the plum shape which was already there, so no measurements required this time round.

3. Get painting! You can use a brush if that’s what you already have, but a mini roller will give a much more professional finish – a brush you can give streak marks in the paint once dried, whereas a roller gives a smooth finish. A bit like when polishing your nails, you will want two coats to get an even finish and more solid colour. Allow time to dry between coats – check the pot of paint you use to tell you how long you need to leave it as they can be different.

Gold square peel tape

4. Once dry, peel away the masking tape to reveal your neat-edged painted shape. Peel carefully as a rushed job will only result in taking away some of the existing paint, so proceed with caution.

Gold square final

5. Once the tape is off your pics can be hung, and you can enjoy your creation (Jude the cat is LOVING it).

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