How to Make a Modern Arches Color Block Wall

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8 Hours

I love white. Nearly every wall in my home is white. I love the clean, calming look of it.


Sometimes you just need to add a little color and fun to a wall! Especially a wall in your young daughter’s room.

Let me share with you the super simple steps to creating a gorgeous, modern accent wall. And bonus: The wall will remind you of Neapolitan ice cream and your fun, carefree childhood days.

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Apply a fresh coat of paint to your entire wall

This might not always seem necessary but it’s a great way to make sure that you’re starting with a really clean wall as the base for your design.

Draw the design on the wall with a pencil

Using a level, measuring tape, pencil and string, draw out the design on your wall. To make my design, I first free handed it to get a really solid idea of what I wanted. Then I went back and measured everything out to ensure that it was perfect. 

To make perfect arches I used a pencil and a piece of twine. You could use string instead of twine. It doesn’t matter. Tie the pencil to the end of the twine or string. Place the other end of the string in the center of the circle. Move the pencil around in a circular motion, drawing a line on the wall. Since I was making arches instead of circles, I simply only drew half of the circle onto the wall, creating an arch.

Use a mini roller and paint brush to paint each section of the design

A mini roller is a good size for this design. It allows you to cover the area quickly but it isn’t so big so that you accidentally go outside of your design lines. A paint brush with stiff bristles like the Purdy Clearcut Elite paint brush will help you cut along the trim and also create perfect lines within your design.

Move from one color to another, allowing enough dry time in between colors to avoid any issues where the colors meet.

Apply a second coat of paint to your design

Most of the time paint needs a second coat to make it cover perfectly. I applied a second coat, which fixed any areas I might not have gotten full coverage on the first time.

Now your wall is done! Painting projects are some of my favorite projects because they are inexpensive, easy to complete and can make a HUGE difference in a space!

Interested in other modern home DIY projects? Check out my modern console table and wall decor tutorials here!

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