Step-by-step guide: how to paint an arch wall design
Add a pop of colour to a neutral space with this painted arch wall design tutorial from Dulux Colour of the Year Ambassador, and Radio 1 presenter, Clara Amfo
Ready for your next lockdown DIY project? Try painting a statement arch in your home office or children’s play area with this simple guide by Dulux and Radio 1 DJ and Colour of the Year 2021 Ambassador for Brave Ground, Clara Amfo.
We loved the impact that painting a perfect circle had on our spaces, so when we heard about this new project from the paint experts, it was music to our ears!
Perfect for creating a different zones in a multifunctional area, this paint design can be done with supplies you already have, making the most of paint leftover from previous do-it-yourself room makeovers.
Equipment you will need:
- Leftover paint in your chosen paint colours
- Measuring tape
- White chalk
- Masking tape
- Paint tray and small paint roller
- Small paint brush (1.5”)
First you need to decide on the width of your arch. Here, Clara is going for a 90cm wide arch, about 30cm away from the corner. Once you have an idea of size, mark both ends of where the arch will be.
Take the ball of string and cut a piece about the same length as your height.
Run the string over the chalk 2-3 times.
Tie a knot at one end of the string, at the other end, tie something heavy to give it a bit of weight – you can use the scissors or a set of keys. Get a piece of masking tape and place it just under the knot.
Draw it down slightly and ping it, to make a straight mark on the wall. Repeat for the other side of the arch.
Get your masking tape and place a long piece on the outside of each of the lines.
Get the ball string again and cut another piece with a knot at one end. This time the string can be shorter. Stick a drawing pin through the knot Measure the inside arch area and mark the middle point using chalk.
Place the pin attached to the string at the middle point.
With the chalk tied to the other end of the string, draw an arch shape.
Paint the inside lines of the arch using paint you’ve chosen and the small straight brush.
Once the lines are done, pour the paint in the tray and fill the arch in using the roller.
When you’ve filled the inside of the arch, remove the masking tape and you’re done!
The final result
Watch as Marianne Shillingford, Creative Director of Dulux and Clara Amfo takes us through the project from start to finish in this candid YouTube tutorial using shades Brave Ground and Cardamom Pod.
Overseeing Clara’s technique over video call, Marianne said: ‘Well done, that looks amazing! You should be “chuffed as a cheesecake” ‘.
For more information, head to: dulux.co.uk/coty2021