How do I paint an accent wall like a pro?
Painting an accent wall is easy with the right know-how and the appropriate tools. Follow the steps below for a professional finish.
Choose an accent color that complements the color of your other walls. Bright, bold hues are good for accent walls because they liven up a room without overpowering it. If you prefer a more subtle contrast, choose a hue that’s one shade lighter or darker than your existing wall color.
Prepare your room by removing soft furnishings, window treatments, mirrors and pictures to a safe location. You should also put canvas drop cloths over your floor and any remaining furniture to protect against paint splatter.
Place painter’s tape around the edges of your windows, doors, ceiling, floor trim and anything else that’s not being painted. You should also tape the edges of the walls where the two colors will meet, leaving a small gap for the application of caulk.
Apply a thin bead of paintable caulk along the edges of the tape lining the walls where the two colors will meet. Use a caulk smoother to ensure a thin, clean bead of caulk. Caulking will stop the paint from seeping under the edge of the tape, helping to create clean lines.
Paint over the caulk and up to the edge of the tape using an angle sash paint brush. When you’ve finished cutting in the edges, remove the tape before the caulk dries.
Paint the rest of your accent wall and leave to dry as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a second coat if required.
When the paint is nearly dry, carefully remove any remaining tape at a 90 degree angle to avoid removing any fresh paint. If the tape doesn’t peel off easily, hold a hair dryer on low heat 3-4 inches away from the tape. The heat should loosen the tape, allowing you to remove it without lifting any paint.
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