Are you looking for a fun way to add some personality to your space? This wonderful DIY ombre hexagon wall could be the perfect design idea for you. We just love how this wall decor idea for our girl’s nursery came out. Learn how to create this painted pattern design for an accent wall idea.
Other Painted Wall Designs
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. You may also want to consider these other painted wall designs.
- Handpaint Brushstrokes
- Herringbone or Chevron Wall With Painter’s Tape
- Handdrawn Designs Using Paint Markers
- Ombre Wall With Blending Colors
- Neutral Rainbow Design
Concerns About Wall Painting Idea
If you are nervous about creating this geometric design, just take it one step at a time. Consider the following tips to help with your wall.
- Sketch out how you want your wall to look.
- Which way will your hexagons go? If they don’t fit evenly across where will the design get cut off
- Measure your wall carefully
- Create a base shape that can easily fit together
- 1″ Frog tape (do not buy a cheaper brand)
- Several Small foam rollers (click here to see the ones I use)
- Several small paint tray liners (These are great because they are sturdier and cheap)
- Paintbrush for trimming
- Paper or cardboard
- Plastic Bags
- Utility Knife
- Paint colors of your choice (around 3-5 from the same paint swatch)
Pink Valspar Paints Used
- Brushed Rose
- Bisque Salmon
- Snow Pa
You can also mix your base wall color with your paint samples. Our colors were mixed with SW Softer Tan which was the base coat used in this room. A beige before I knew how much I love grays.
Do you need help deciding what color of paint to use?
We recently just tried Samplize and it totally beats having to buy individual paint samples. These 9″ x 14.75″ samples will get shipped directly to you and save the hassle of clean-up (we loved that).
You can also check out our post, see our review and hopefully get the answers to those frequently asked Samplize questions.
How To Make A Hexagon Wall
Before You Begin
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.
Step 1: Create Your Hexagon Template
Create a hexagon template out of cardboard or paper. I just used paper and mine turned out fine. Now you will have to decide what shape you want your hexagon. Equal or a little skinnier?
Dimensions Of Our Hexagon
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 their post about math.
I didn’t overthink it and was able to get a hexagon that would tessellate or go together like a puzzle.
Step 2: Tape Your Hexagon
Line up the middle of your hexagon template on that spot and tape it to the wall.
Step 3: Tape Around The Hexagon
Begin using painter’s tape to tape around the hexagon. We recommend using this type of painter’s tape for clean and crisp lines on accent walls.
You may have to carefully use a utility knife to cut away the extra tape in the corners.
Step 4: Line Up Template And Tape
When taping the 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.
Pro Tip: Use your fingernail, old credit card, or foam roller without paint to really press the tape in before you start painting.
Step 5: Continue Taping Hexagons
Continue lining up the hexagon template and repeat taping out the accent wall design. If a side is touching another hexagon, you only tape the areas that don’t have tape yet.
For my wall design, I 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 it was totally worth it.
Step 6: Start Painting
Once the taping is all done, you get to start painting your patterned wall.
- Use 5 samples of grays from the same paint swatch and 2 samples of a coral pink color or the color of our choice.
- Use a small foam roller to roll on the paint. You can also use small paint tray liners. This will make this DIY project easier.
- You can also store your paintbrushes in gallon-sized plastic bags to keep them fresh, while I went to another color.
You can see our set-up at the bottom of the wall.
Step 7: Keep Painting Lighter Colors
As you go up the wall, use lighter and lighter colors. You can even leave a few of the spots empty so that the base color of the wall shows through.
Step 8: Wait For Paint To Dry
This is always the hardest part. I normally only wait until the paint is dry to the touch. You chance having a harder time getting clean lines if you want too long.
Step 9: Carefully Pull Tape Off
Carefully take off painter’s tape. Use a utility knife near the molding and pull the tape straight out.
Step 10: Remove All Tape and Clean-Up
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 the blemishes you may have.
Clean-up! Enjoy your new DIY ombre hexagon wall (or any of these DIY accent wall ideas) and start decorating your new space.
Cue the music, all doubts were left at the door! With patience and hard work, this DIY paint project 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
Also, if you like this accent wall idea here are a few other painted wall designs from some of our DIY friends. Did you know you could paint a shiplap wall?
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 colors with some of the paints to get a variety at the top of my design.
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.
Both designs use hexagons, however, a honeycomb design normally has a flat side on the bottom and top. You can see in our hexagon wall that the hexagons are turned so that a point is on the bottom.
Either design can be created following our basic steps. You just have to make the decision when you place your first hexagon on the wall.
No, you can choose to design your painted wall however you want. We chose to leave a few empty spaces for a creative look. The design would still work if you had more or less negative space.
We do not recommend using masking tape to create DIY painted accent walls. Using high-quality painter’s tape meant for multi-surfaces is your best option to get clean lines and shapes.
My daughter absolutely LOVED her painted accent wall and I hope it inspires you to do a DIY painting project for someone you love!
Hexagon Wall Painting (Ombré Accent Wall)
- Pair of scissors
- Utility Knife
- Drop cloth
- Paint samples in variety of colors
- 1″ Painter’s tape
- Paper or Cardboard
- Find the middle of your wall.
- Create a hexagon template out of paper or cardboard. See image for the dimensions of our hexagon.
- Tape hexagon template int he middle of wall and trace the outside with 1" painter's tape.
- Use your fingernail, small clean foam roller or old credit card to help push the tape completely on the wall.
- When taping the next hexagon 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
- Continue lining up hexagon template and taping around unitl your wall is complete.
- Use a small foam roller to start with darkest color in some hexagons at the bottom.
- Repeat paitning hexagons in the pattern of your choice. Each hexagon will need at least 2 coats of paint.
- Let paint dry.
- Carefully take off painters tape.Use an utilty knife near molding and pull tape straight out.
- Touch any areas that had bleeds.
- Use your fingernail, old credit card, or foam roller without paint to really press the tape in before you start painting.
- Make sure you take your time and take breaks as needed.