How to Paint Swirls on Walls

Written by joseph rodriguez
  • Share
  • Tweet
  • Share
  • Pin
  • Email
How to Paint Swirls on Walls
Swirls add a funky touch of style to any room's interior. (Light blue swirls image by Fenia from

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room. Adding stylish details such as painted-on swirls can add that extra flair to any room's interior design. Whether in the kids' bedroom, the kitchen, art studio, or even the office, adding swirls on top of a fresh coat of paint is quick, fun, and sure to catch any visitor's eye.

Skill level:

Other People Are Reading

Things you need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Primer
  • 2 to 4 shades of paint
  • Roller
  • Roller pan
  • Medium-sized paintbrush
  • Water

Show MoreHide


  1. 1

    Move all furniture away from the room's walls. Cover the floor and all contents of the room with plastic sheeting to prevent splatter stains.

  2. 2

    Prime the walls you plan on painting to prevent undertones from reappearing and to achieve a professional look. Use white primer for light colours and darker primer, such as blue or black, for dark colours. Let the primer dry before proceeding.

  3. 3

    Using the paint roller and pan, apply at least two coats of the base colour you want to appear beneath the swirls. By using paints with similar shades, the swirls will fit in with the overall appearance of the room. Let each base coat dry before moving on.

    How to Paint Swirls on Walls
    Apply at least two base coats to the wall. (handpaint image by sumos from
  4. 4

    Practice painting various swirl designs on a piece of construction paper. This will prevent major mistakes when painting freehand on the wall.

  5. 5

    Pick a neutral colour as a filler. Apply a thin amount to the paintbrush and begin applying in light, circular motions. Paint small sections of the wall at a time, generally around 4 to 6 feet per swirl. When finished, clean the brush with water.

  6. 6

    Choose another colour, preferably darker, and apply a good amount to your paintbrush without dripping. Highlight the neutral tones, following the lines of the swirl. Repeat with various colours, cleaning the brush in between.

  7. 7

    Let the paint dry before coming in contact with the surface. Touch up any missed spaces with a brush.

Tips and warnings

  • Cover mistakes with the base coat colour, let it dry, and then repaint the swirl(s).
  • Make sure the room you are painting is well ventilated before starting.

Don't Miss

  • All types
  • Articles
  • Slideshows
  • Videos
  • Most relevant
  • Most popular
  • Most recent

No articles available

No slideshows available

No videos available

By using the site, you consent to the use of cookies. For more information, please see our Cookie policy.