Creative wall design with celebrity interior designer Eva Brenner

Deliberately pink – geometric wall designs in pastel

With pastel shades you can enjoy the spring all yearround! But in pink? Surely that's just for little girls? Wrong! It's true that white is timeless and always looks good – but what if we really crave a splash of colour? DIY expert Eva Brenner reveals how easy it isto completely transform a living room in a short time using a paint sprayer.

Inspired by a beautiful, antique pink armchair, Eva has chosen an effect-based wall design in pink. The colour is beautiful, but with pastels, less is always more! Using a wall as a coloured accent is much more harmonious than painting the whole room. It's more effective to repeat the “louder” colour in the accessories or furniture – this creates a more subtle, mellow ambience. Pink is available in countless shades and, if used correctly, doesn't look at all gaudy.
Once you have decided on a colour, the design must still be determined. If you're looking for a new wall design, classic stripes are hard to beat. But if you'd prefer something a little more exciting, why not try some geometric shapes? With the help of crisscrossed masking tape strips, various shapes such as triangles, squares or polygons can be easily created to suit your taste.
So if you want to finally put the trauma of maths lessons at school to bed, you can refresh your knowledge of geometry with this practical approach to DIY.

Pastel colours not only look good in the living room – they also have a calm and relaxing effect in the bedroom.

This is how it works:

Cover your furniture and decorations with dust sheets – or remove items from the room. A painter's dust sheet will protect the floor from paint and provide a secure footing. To prevent the sheet from slipping, we recommend fixing it to the skirting boards with masking tape. This lets you kill two birds with one stone – the substrate stays in place and the skirting boards are already masked off. Now thoroughly mask off all surfaces that will not be painted before you start spraying. These may include the adjoining walls or even the ceiling. 15 – 20 cm will be sufficient. If you want to change the basic colour of the wall, the first step is to spray the entire surface in your chosen colour. Our wall is already white, so we can start right away. Once the new paint has fully dried, you can create your unique pattern using the masking tape. The masked areas will remain white, while the rest will shine in the chosen colour.

If you've decided on painting a relatively large wall, ask a second person to help with the masking work. This saves time and is also twice as much fun! Sticklers for precision can mark out the pattern in advance using a pencil and a laser spirit level. This projects a straight laser line at the desired angle on the wall and then it's simply a case of aligning the masking tape.
Tip:
Don't skimp on the masking tape. High-quality tapes adhere better to the wall with minimal gaps between the tape and wall surface.

Wall paint is often rather viscous, therefore, check the container to see whether dilution with water is possible. Stir the paint well afterwards to remove any lumps. After a quick test spray and adjustment of the paint and air quantity, the spray system is ready for the paint application.

How can you achieve clean, straight edges for colour transitions? What is sealing?

For clean edges always pre-spray the wall in the base colour. This is especially important on uneven surfaces, such as woodchip wallpaper. For this purpose, it is a good idea to “seal” the taped area with white paint (for example). In other words: simply paint over the edges of the masking tape. The base colour will fill in any uneven areas and stops the desired colour (in our case, pink) from running underneath the tape.

When the wall is dry, you can change the paint and get ready to spray the surfaces in your chosen colour. Eva sprays at a constant distance and squats down when applying the paint in the lower area so that the paint jet hits the wall as close to a right angle as possible. She also takes care to ensure that the sprayed paint stripes overlap slightly – this ensures good coverage in a single pass.
Pull the masking tape off the wall while the paint is still damp and allow the new wall paint to dry. Eva is thrilled with the clean and sharp edges!

Eva Brenner

 

As a professional, I naturally pay attention to every detail in projects like this.
Clean edges are very important in terms of the overall impression – and I have to say they are really perfect here.

Eva Brenner

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