There is something about accents walls that I just love. Learning how to paint a chevron wall in my son’s room was perfect. The project was quick, bold, easy and inexpensive to do. Talk about instant gratification! In this room, we’ve stuck with classic colors but injected a modern graphic with wall paint.
If you’d like to replicate something similar, here is an easy tutorial to follow. When I decided to paint a chevron design, I truly didn’t spend a tremendous amount of time going through paint swatches. All I did was venture down into the
dungeon basement, grab the leftover paint from his room. I added some black paint until I was happy with the color and then went to town painting.
Oh… and the black paint I used to mix in was acrylic art paint. I didn’t go to the store at all for this project. Sometimes it pays just to roll the dice and hope everything turns out.
- Latex acrylic paint, in two colors. You pick the colors, but I’d personally coordinate. If you’re buying quarts for a wall, choose one light color and on the same swatch, go down two shade colors. BUT: your house, your choice. If you want to save a little cash, pick a paint that coordinates with the current wall color and purchase one quart.
2. Painters tape. Make sure you use painters tape and not masking tape.
3. Paint roller(s)
4. Pencil or chalk
The first thing to do is paint that wall the base color (if it is not already painted). The paint finish I prefer in bedrooms, and the entire house is an eggshell finish. It wears well but doesn’t give a lot of shine to the walls.
If you’re painting the entire wall a new base color, wait 24 hours before applying the chevron accent. The 24-hour timeframe allows the paint to cure before throwing painters tape on it!
Good gravy, when Sister Marie Dorthory told me math skills are vital in life little did either one of us realize those skills would be put to use painting a chevron wall years later! Thank you, Sister!
You’ll want to take the width of your wall and divide by 3 or 4. I divided by four. Make a light mark on the wall with pencil or chalk. If using chalk, you can make a long vertical stripe on the actual wall because chalk wipes right off. Use that level!
Ok, vertical marks are made. Now, you want to mark your horizontal lines. Take the height of the wall and divide by 6. I think six is the perfect number because you will get an even amount of chevron. If you want a wide chevron pattern, and in equal quantity, divide by 4. If you want odd numbers, divide by 5. Again, your house, your choice. I like symmetry, so these measurements work best for me.
As an example, my walls are 96″ tall. 96″ divided by 6″ = 16″. So the chevron is 16″ wide. Easy breezy.
Now, every 16″ down each vertical line, make another mark. (I’m SO sorry I don’t have pictures of this).
With your markings done, bust out that painters tape. You will now connect the dots diagonally. You’ll see the chevron pattern come to life! When taping off the stripes, be aware of what stripe is the base color. The tape will primarily lay on the base color. As a tip, I marked my base color pattern with spots of painters tape. This way, there was no mistaking where I should paint.
Painting the Chevron
The painting part of the project was fun! Plus, it was fast. The greatest amount of time is spent measuring and taping. Those who enjoy DIY projects are keenly aware that considerable time is spent prepping for work versus actually executing the project.
Grab your handy dandy roller and roll away on the non-marked chevron pattern. I went with a lighter color for this application.
You might want to do a paint seal before painting the stripes. Paint seal is painting over the edge of the tape with the base color. The base color seals off color bleeding and will produce a beautiful solid line.
While the paint is still wet, remove the tape. If you wait until the paint dries, there is a risk of paint peeling off. Not good. Use care when pulling off the wet tape to not make a mess. It’s easy, and you’ll be glad you pulled that tape off when the paint is still wet.
Here is what the wall looks like once it is completed.
We still need to get this kiddo a headboard! There have been zero issues with this chevron wall treatment. It’s a cool accent wall for a teenage boys room. Let me know what you think or if you’ve ever tried a similar type of accent wall in your home.