Scotch: Geometric Wall Accent 01:09

Add a bright geometric wall accent by using Scotch Blue Painter's Tape.

Introduction

How to Make the Pattern

Our 70s revival pattern makes for a refined retro feel that can add a fun sense of energy to a space. It works well on accent walls to add dimension and personality to your home’s most lived-in rooms, like the kitchen or bedrooms.

High-contrast colors create an energetic style with a modern edge, and the larger, more over-scaled look of this pattern can really open up your space and fill it with a sense of whimsy.

To create our 70s Revival Pattern, you’ll be using a printable template, available here, along with these steps.

Step 1

How to Make the Pattern

Find the right tape for your project. 

We used ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Multi-Surface with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector and ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Delicate Surfaces with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector.

Step 2

Choose a Base Color

Choose a base color (or use an already painted surface), and prepare the surface for the pattern. (Check out our Guide to Taping for prep tips.) 

Step 3

Tape Baseboards and Corners

Tape off any surfaces that you want to protect, like baseboards and corners. 

Step 4

Trace onto Cardboard

Trace the printable pattern onto a cardboard template and cut it out.

Step 5

Use the printed pattern template to mark the pattern on the wall with pencil lines.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Trace the Template on the Surface

Use the template to space the design evenly on your surface, tracing the edges of the template in pencil.

Step 6

Use the printed pattern template to mark the pattern on the wall with pencil lines.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Apply Tape

Tape around the pencil guides for the first color area, cutting tape to make clean lines as necessary. (To cut tape easily, just hold a putty knife against the tape at the angle you want to cut it, and tear your tape along the line of the blade.)

Step 7

Mark areas for your first color and apply your paint. Once your first color is dry (at least 24 hours), remove the tape from those areas to prepare for your second color.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Mark Sections

Mark each section that will be painted your first color with a dab of paint, using our 70s Revival pattern as a reference, to make sure you’re painting the right areas.

Step 8

Paint First Color

Paint all of your marked areas in the first color.

Step 9

Remove Tape

Slowly remove the tape from your painted areas, pulling it back on itself at a 45° angle.

Step 10

Tape out the areas for your second color and apply your paint.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Apply Tape for Second Color

Let the first color dry for at least 24 hours. Then, still using your pencil guides, tape the shapes for your second color.

Step 11

Paint Second Color

Paint all the shapes for your second color.

Step 12

Photographed by Eliesa Johnson for 3M and Zeus Jones.

Photo by: Eliesa Johnson

Eliesa Johnson

Reveal the Finished Look

Once you’re done painting, slowly remove your tape to reveal the finished look.