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From bright purple and green to subtler greige and neutral colour schemes, feature walls are a brilliant way of adding a pop of colour and excitement into your home. A top tip for painting feature walls is to emphasise and divide certain areas of your home using a lick of paint.


The Ultimate Guide To Painting
A Feature Wall

From bright purple and green to subtler greige and neutral colour schemes, feature walls are a brilliant way of adding a pop of colour and excitement into your home.

A top tip for painting feature walls is to emphasise and divide certain areas of your home using a lick of paint. For example, if you have an open-plan space, you can divide two different rooms with the use of a feature wall.

Take a look below for our ultimate guide on painting a feature wall.

1. The Right Tools

Making sure that you have the right tools for the job is crucial to ensuring that your finished feature wall is smooth and professional-looking.

What you’ll need:

Decorator’s tape (preferably low-tac)
Dust sheet
Sandpaper (smooth and rough)
Sugar soap and sponge
Crown Trade Paint (Matt, satin, silk will be fine depending on what is previously underneath your wall)

2. Preparation

One of the most important aspects of painting a feature wall is preparation. If you prep your area and make sure everything is ready for painting, you will save yourself a lot of time and effort.

Make sure to move furniture out of the way and use a dust sheet on the floor to prevent any unruly paint splatters from damaging your flooring.

3. Prepare the Wall

Depending on what type of paint is currently on your wall will depend on how much preparation you need to do in this step.

If you're unsure as to what type of finish is currently on your wall, the best idea would be to lightly sand down your wall and then clean it off with sugar soap (remember to rinse this off your wall afterwards).

4. Use Tape

Using tape is a vital aspect of getting those perfect lines on your wall. If you have any areas where paint splatters are unwelcome, make sure to use a low tac decorator's tape to cover them.

5. Cutting In

After all your prep work is done, it's time for the fun part. Using your paintbrush, cut into the edges of the wall.

A top tip to remember is to keep a wet edge at all times which will prevent your feature wall from 'picture framing' (showing the cutting in against the rest of the wall).

6. Roller The Paint

Using your roller and your tray, make sure that your roller sleeve is completely covered in the paint. However, make sure that your sleeve isn't too full as this can create an uneven paint surface. It is recommended to apply the paint to the wall in a 'V' motion in order to spread the paint evenly across the surface.

Remember, the first layer doesn't have to have a perfectly smooth finish, multiple coats of paint will ensure this.

7. Leave To Dry

Depending on what kind of paint you have decided to use, leave your first coat to dry for the appropriate time (this will be indicated somewhere on your chosen tin).

8. Second Coat

After your first coat has dried, apply your second coat of paint. This should be completed in the same way as the steps above (follow from step 6 to step 7).

9. Remove The Tape

Whilst your wall is still slightly wet with its second coat, remove the tape from the wall. This should be done slowly and carefully at approximately a forty-degree angle to ensure that the paint underneath doesn't get pulled off the wall.

10. Leave to Dry and Admire your Feature Wall!

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