How to paint geometric shapes on walls

Updated July 20, 2017

Paint is a simple and inexpensive way to dress up any room in your home. Painting geometric shapes on your walls can be used to provide accents, or an all-over wallpaper look to a room. Geometric shapes painted on a wall can also be used to inexpensively create features such as a headboard or a frame for a picture.

Sketch out your design to scale on a piece of paper. Use the scale of 1 inch on your paper equals 1 foot of wall space.

Colour in your design with coloured pencils to help you decide on the colour scheme you wish to use. Use colours that contrast and coordinate to bring interest to your walls.

Draw the desired shape or shapes onto a piece of thick cardboard. Be sure to draw the shapes to the actual size you desire on the wall, because they will be used for stencils.

Cut out the cardboard shapes along the drawn lines with a utility knife.

Hold the cut-out shapes up to the wall and trace them lightly with a pencil.

Tape off your shapes with painters tape. Apply the tape outside the drawn pencil marks. Be sure to press the tape down firmly so the paint will not seep underneath.

Paint in your shapes with the desired colours. Apply as many coats as needed to achieve uniform colour. Be sure to allow the paint to dry between coats according to the manufacturer's directions.

Remove the painters tape before the final coat is finished drying. This will keep the paint from peeling along with the tape.


Shapes can be outlined with moulding strips for a more refined look. Stamps and stencils can be purchased in geometric shapes if desired. Before drawing, taping and painting shapes, paint the room with the desired base coat colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Coloured pencils
  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Painters tape
  • Paint
  • Brushes
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Based out of Texas, Lea-Ann Virnig began her professional writing career in 2010 after several years of teaching writing to elementary and middle school students. She has also written presentations and retreats for area churches and organizations since 1997. She studied communications at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.