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One of our most frequently asked questions is how to achieve the scalloped wall colour block that's popping up all over Instagram and Pinterest accounts! It’s not hard to see why this is one of the biggest interior trends of the moment. It’s such a simple way to create a soft and playful feel in any space.
Sounding like something you fancy giving a go? Well, you’re in luck! We decided to pop together this handy guide to show you all just how simple this project is when you know how!
In this guide we’ll cover:
If video tutorials are more your thing, you can watch our handy youtube tutorial here for painting a scalloped wall in your home!
I know a lot of you have been admiring this interior trend from afar but assume it’s going to be a bit too tricky to try out for yourself. I’d be lying if I said the thought of tackling this project wasn’t a little bit daunting at first. Thankfully I surprised myself with just how easy and effective this scallop wall was.
The only things you need are a few decorating essentials and a slightly steady hand; so make sure to limit yourself to one Baileys to steady your nerves and save the rest to help celebrate when you’re done!
Don't feel scared or worried about something going wrong. The worst that can happen is a slight mistake and this can be very easily fixed! After all, it’s only paint.
Do see this as an opportunity to get creative and have some fun with your space. It's so easy and cost-effective to create a real statement in your room so why not go all out?
The colour we used on this project is a designer colour match shade which we code NTB295, you can just type this into the colour match box on the website if you want to order the same shade! If you’re not very confident in choosing colours just remember our team is a message away!
>The prep is never something I really look forward to because I just want to get stuck in with the painting. It was such a relief knowing the prep for this project could be completed in 3 super easy steps.
It’s finally time to get that all-important first coat of paint on! We found it easiest to start by cutting in and then filling in the centre which is just a straight line colour block at the moment (we’ll get to the scallops in a moment!). Make sure to wait for the appropriate recoat time and then get the second coat on for full coverage. Once that’s dry to the touch it’s time to remove the masking tape and allow the wall to fully dry.
Once your straight line colour block is dry it's time to use your sanding pad (I find these less abrasive to work with as they have the spongey centre) to gently sand that blocked line to it's not a harsh edge.
Now it’s time to create that scallop effect. Start by grabbing your chosen plate shape (dinner plate, side plate, any plate you like!) and determine how big of a scallop you would like. This may be at the halfway point of the plate but for me I liked it at pretty much a ‘10 and 2’ position like you should have when you’re driving. I marked this position with a piece of tape so I could draw the scallop from the 10 until 2 position exactly the same for each scallop. Once you’re happy you can start drawing around the plate with a pencil to create a guide. We started in the centre of the wall and worked out from each side of this as we were just doing one feature wall of the scalloped colour block.
Now its highly unlikely that you’ll get to the corner or a door frame exactly where your scalloped shape would end. This is where your cardboard comes in! Draw your scallop shape onto some cardboard and cut it out. You’ll find that you can then bend this into the corner to draw your shape. Technically you could do this the whole way around your room but I find the plate so much more robust and therefore I’m less likely to make mistakes.
Now for the time consuming part (let's be honest but it's so worth it!) painting in your scallops. This is where the Axus Pointed Precision Brush really came into its own. I tried flat head brushes first in small ½” size but they aren’t as easy to draw around the scalloped shape so it was taking a lot of time. The pointed nature of the sash brush makes it the perfect choice for something intricate like this and I was a whizz at it after my first few scallops!
Ta-da!. Can you believe you now have a surprisingly simple yet effective scallop effect wall! It’s such an easy and cost-effective project once you know how to do it. Now pour yourself a well-deserved glass of Baileys and take in your beautiful creation.
I hope this guide has given you the inspiration and confidence to try this stunning interior trend in your home. If you’re still not 100% sold here are some gorgeous inspiration shots of the beautiful effect done in completely different colours and ways to hopefully persuade you to just go for it!
If you’ve recreated this look make sure to tag us @decoratingcentreonline and as always don’t hesitate to get in touch we’re always happy to chat over any additional questions or advice you need!