How to Paint a Room in Leopard Print

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How to Paint a Room in Leopard Print
Show off your wild personality with leopard print paint on your walls. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Leopard print makes a daring accent and works well in a room already decorated with earthy colours. Leopard print is also an appropriate accent in a room decorated with bright, bold colours meant to create an atmosphere that is wild and carefree. If you make the decision to decorate your room with this type of pattern, go easy at first -- maybe only decorate one wall or a section of a wall, and then paint more later if you like the effect. Leopard print is obvious and inescapable. It's best to go a little at time, rather than a lot all at once.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Primer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paint rollers
  • Tarp
  • Gold, dark golden brown and black paint

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  1. 1

    Prime the wall with primer. Proceed just as you would with any wall you're planning to paint. Line the floor with a tarp, paint the large open space in the middle of the wall with a paint roller, then paint the outside edges of the wall with a paintbrush. Apply coats until it appears to be evenly applied. Wait until the wall paint dries before the next step.

  2. 2

    Paint the primed wall a golden colour all over, using the same methods to paint the wall in Step 1.

  3. 3

    Draw a series of spots on the wall using a pencil. Note that the larger you paint the spots, the fewer spots you will need to cover the area you're painting. The smaller you paint the spots, the more spots you will have to paint. These spots should be evenly distributed so each spot has approximately the same distance between itself and the other spots, and they should be -- within a margin of error -- approximately the same size. The space between the spots should not be the same size as the spots themselves, but should be about half as wide.

  4. 4

    Fill in the spots with a darker golden brown colour. Use a smaller paintbrush than the paintbrush you used to paint the golden colour on the wall, such as a medium-sized round paintbrush. Let the spots dry.

  5. 5

    Outline the spots with thick, uneven lines of black paint. The lines should be broken in places, thicker in some places and thinner in other places. Use a medium-sized pointed paintbrush.

  6. 6

    Leave the leopard print wall to dry overnight.

Tips and warnings

  • Spots should be more oval in shape, but organically formed so some of them look more like beans, some of them more circular and some more pointed. None of them will be a perfect geometric shape.
  • Use regular wall paint for the golden background, and acrylic paint to form the spots.
  • Use a standard room paintbrush and roller for the background paint and art paintbrushes for the spots.
  • Practice painting leopard print on a paper or canvas before doing it on your wall. Use the exact paint you'll be using on the wall to ensure you'll be using colours that look right together.

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