Create a Geometric Pattern on Your Wall

by Diana Olvera

Gracing the cover of this year’s trend brochure is a living room with a spectacular geometric design on the wall. Adding a three dimensional design, such as is featured above, is a cost effective way to add an air of sophistication or whimsy to a room.  This entry will detail the steps involved in creating the look.

Materials and Tools Needed:


  • Molding (in desired width)
  • Brads/finishing nails
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Graph paper /Ruler/ Pencil
  • Miter Saw
  • Brad or nail gun
  • Measuring tape
  • Level

If you will be changing the wall color your pattern will be mounted on, we recommend doing so before applying your pattern.

Step 1: Measure your wall

You will need to know the dimensions of your wall to appropriately scale your design.

Step 2: Select a pattern/design

We borrowed the design from this site: Click here for pattern 

Step 3: Scale the pattern/design

Using the room dimensions as your space boundary, decide how much wall space you’d like your design to cover, and where on the wall it will be positioned. Create a size ratio scale and sketch your pattern to fit within the wall boundaries. Graph paper or digital design programs such as Photoshop or Illustrator are great tools that can help you do this.

Step 4: Prime the molding

If molding is pre-primed skip this step.

Step 5: Measure and mark molding pieces

Lengths will vary depending on whether you are making angled or straight cuts.

Step 6: Cut your molding pieces to size


Step 7: Check your work

As you make your pattern cuts, lay the pieces out in form to make sure they line up properly.


Step 8: Paint pieces

When pattern cuts are complete, begin painting. Apply second coat of paint (if necessary/desired). Allow to dry.


Step 9: Measure a starting point on your wall to begin applying pattern.

Using a level and a ruler line up a starting pattern piece. Make sure the piece is straight and in the correct position on the wall.


Step 10: Secure piece to wall

Hold starting piece on wall to measured starting point (draw a line, both vertical and horizontal on edge of the design to make sure it is level) and secure with brad gun.


Step 11: Finish applying pattern

Continue to apply remaining pattern pieces to wall, securing each with the brad gun.

Step 13: Touch up

Fill brad holes with caulking and touch up with paint if desired.


Wall: Fifth Olive-nue T16-08, Molding Pattern: Black Pearl T16-01, Trim: Ivory Keys T16-16


Colorfully yours,


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