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Diamond Pattern

This classic-element of style is a simple and cost-effective way to add drama, dimension and personality to any room. With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and your favorite color palette, you can transform an ordinary space into an extraordinary experience for you, your family and your friends.

 

TOOLS

PREPARATION

  • Remove any wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures)
  • Fill nail holes, then use sandpaper to smooth the wall
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and completely dry

MORE INFORMATION

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Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Mask Trim

Mask along trim, baseboards and non-textured ceilings with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the basecoat (the lighter color) over the entire wall and let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3: Create Template

Create Template

Use cardboard to create a diamond-shaped template for your pattern.

Step 4: Start Pattern

Start Pattern

Measure and mark the center of your wall. Align the tip of your template with the center spot you just marked, then lightly trace an outline of the template.

Step 5: Extend Pattern

Extend Pattern

Continue the pattern and finish two complete rows, using a T-square to check your angles. Use a straight edge to extend the lines and finish tracing pattern over the entire wall.

Step 6: Mask Diamonds

Mask Diamonds

Tape the outside edge of every other diamond. Press down to seal all edges of the tape.

Step 7: Paint Dark Color

Paint Dark Color

Paint every other diamond with the darker color. For each diamond, start at the tape edge and move toward the center. Let paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 8: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Remove tape at a 45° angle. If adhesive begins to transfer, use a 90° angle. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints

Size & Scale Suggestions

  • Consider the size of the wall on which you'll paint the diamonds and figure out the look you're trying to create.
  • Sketch your vision on paper, drawn to scale. This will give you a blueprint of how the pattern will fit onto your wall.
  • Use tape to bring your vision to life and see it come together prior to painting.

Paint Pointers

  • Choose colors that complement one another and that enhance your furniture and accessories.
  • For a more subtle look, choose two different sheens (i.e., semi-gloss and flat) in the same color.
  • Before you buy, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to get an idea of how the colors will look together in your spaceIt's a great way to avoid time-consuming painting mistakes.

TAPE TIPS

Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Skip the Template

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Good with a tape measure? Skip the template and draw your pattern using a pencil, tape measure, level, and straight edge.

DÉCOR IDEAS

  • Add depth and dimension by accessorizing with rounded shapes such as candles, vases and lamps.
  • Decorate with pillows, wall hangings, cushion covers and other elements that complement and enhance the colors of your diamond pattern.

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