Fun Geometric Wall Painting Idea
I just love how this wonderful DIY ombre hexagon wall in our nursery came out! Don’t you? This was such a great wall painting idea!
It is amazing how just some simple taping and painting can really enhance and change a nursery or bedroom to become a special place for your children.
If you have checked out some of my other posts, Herringbone Accent Wall and Heart Art Project, you will see that I do love some painter’s tape! It helps create awesome designs while keeping within a budget!
Concerns about Wall Painting Idea
In the beginning, I was a little nervous I was not going to be able to pull a hexagon accent wall off, but it actually was quite simple to do once I got started.
With patience, anything is possible.
Several small paint tray liners (These are great because they are sturdier and cheap)
Paintbrush for trimming
Paper or cardboard
Paint colors of your choice (around 3-5 from the same paint swatch)
Gray Colors used in Valspar Paints
Pink Valspar Paints Used
I also mixed my colors with SW Softer Tan that was the base coat used in this room ( A beige before I knew how much I love grays)!
***Did you know you can get free shipping on 8 oz. samples from this big box store? I know this is a different place then listed above, but I didn’t know at the time that I could just have samples shipped to me. Depending on the size of your wall, you would be able to create this using only paint samples.
Steps to make a painted accent wall
1. Find the middle of your wall. Make a small pencil mark there. This is where you eventually will want to center your first template for taping around.
2. Create a hexagon template out of cardboard or paper. I just used paper and mine turned out fine. Now you are going to have to decide what shape you want your hexagon. Equal or a little skinnier?
Cut two of the same triangles out and add a square or rectangle in the middle. At the end of my tutorial, I will share a related site that goes into more detail in there post about the math. However, I didn’t overthink it and was able to get a hexagon that would tessellate (go together like a puzzle)!
3. Using the small pencil mark you made when measuring the middle of your wall, line up the middle of your hexagon template on that spot and tape it to the wall.
5. When taping hexagon wall, carefully line up the hexagon right on the edge of the other one. Your middle line should be equally coming out of the tip of the hexagon below. You will immediately notice if you do not do this because your hexagon pattern will start to be a little wonky.
Painting and Painter’s Tape Tip Alert
Use your fingernail, old credit card or foam roller without paint to really press the tape in.
6. Continue lining up the hexagon template and repeat taping out accent wall design. For my wall design, I just taped 1/2 hexagons when I got to the walls and ceiling. I think it worked out pretty well.
Don’t be shocked if you need to take a break and come back to this. This took me a few hours to complete, but I think it was totally worth it.
7. Once the taping is all done, you get to start painting. I chose to add a little pink for my daughter. I went to my local big box store and got 5 samples of grays from the same paint swatch and 2 samples of a coral pink color.
By getting different shades from the same paint swatch, you are helping ensure that your ombre wall will look cohesive. I used this same idea to create my own chalk paint samples to give a dresser an ombre look.
Paint samples are a great way to get a variety of colors while staying on a budget!
I even ended up mixing some of the beige base wall color with some of the paints to get a variety at the top of my design.
8. Use a small foam roller to roll on the paint. I used small paint tray liners (you can see them lined up at the bottom of the picture below) and a lot of gallon-sized plastic bags to keep my paint fresh, while I went to another color.
9. Wait for the paint to dry! This is always the hardest part. I normally only wait until the paint is dry. It is probably because I am too impatient, but I also don’t want to chance pulling away too much-dried paint that sat there for days.
10. Continue taking off all the painter’s tape. If there are a few spots that need to be touched up, carefully use a small brush to hide blemishes you may have.
11. Clean-up! Enjoy your new DIY ombre hexagon wall and decorating your new space!
Cue the music, all doubts were left at the door! With patience and hard work, the painted accent wall design turned out better than I had expected! If you want another perspective on how to create this ombre hexagon wall, feel free to visit Thistlewood Farm post here. They do a great job explaining some of the math behind trying to make your hexagon template.
Finished DIY Ombre Hexagon Wall in the Nursery
If you like how this nursery turned out, feel free to shop this room below by clicking on the products.
- Crib– This crib has last through all 3 kids and has the option to convert to a toddler bed. It is made of solid wood and for the price has really worked well for us. My husband did scratch some of the paint off when leaning over with his belt, but my guess is that it would have happened with any crib.
- Book Case-This is an inexpensive option to let your kids see their books. Before we bought this, we had books all over the floor. We actually own two of these. One is in my son’s room for his books.
- Video Monitor–If you see a small cord in the corner, that is because that is our video monitor system. In addition, this company has great customer service and we also own 3 more add-on cameras. We had a different video monitor at first, and it only lasted 10 months and the company was unwilling to help us out. That is not the case with this monitor. We have had a few times where we have had to contact this company with minor problems. Their customer service was great (the Amazon reviews will also tell you that) and they were able to fix our problems.
Also, if you like this accent wall idea you may want to check out my friend, Ashley over at Emory Farms. They show a great tutorial on how to make a Montessori Inspired Mountain Range Bed & Bookshelves.
After 3 babies in 4 years, I have a lot of opinions on the top baby items you may want to add to your registry! Check my list out!
What are you must-haves for babies? How do you save money by doing your DIY baby projects?