Create a Wall Texture Using a Splatter Technique

What You'll Need
Drop cloth
Plastic for furniture
Old clothing
Newspapers, sheets or towels
Paintbrush roller
Paint trays

A wall texture can add a new dimension to any room in the house especially if it is a done with a splattered technique. It is a technique that can be achieved quickly and without much effort, even if you are not a professional artist or painter.

Oddly Unique

By splattering paint on a wall in either one, two, three or multiple colors, you can create a unique wall that looks like a professional actually did it. The finished product often looks like an abstract work of art that is a one-of-a-kind and something you can say you put your own stamp on.

Best Place

Usually white walls or light-colored walls are the best places to try your hand at the splatter technique. Try the technique in a child’s bedroom or smaller area like a laundry or mudroom first to see if you like the final result before applying it to an entire room.

Here is how to create an artistic wall design by using the splatter technique.


Step #1: Getting Ready

Put on some old clothing. Place a large sheet on the floor or over carpet and then put a drop cloth over it. Cover furniture and other items with plastic wrap and old towels. Add newspaper to areas where a drop cloth may not reach such as a tight or small corner.

Step #2: Clean Walls

Make sure the wall you plan to add the splatter technique to is clean and dry. Repair any cracks or remove marks, scuffs and hand-prints prior to painting.

Step #3: Paint Prep

Thoroughly mix and then pour a dollop of the paint color into a clean paint tray. If you plan to use several colors, do one color at a time. You might want to use separate paint trays so paints do not blend together in the tray.

Step #4: Brush or Roller

Dip the paintbrush into the paint tray and let it drip down into the tray just for a quick second so the brush is not overloaded with paint. You can also use a paint roller if you do not want to use a brush. A roller will leave winder, longer paint marks.

Step #5: Step Back

Take a step back and a few feet from the wall and then fling the brush in the direction of the area where you want the paint to land. Note: Sometimes, paint does not always land exactly where hoped.

Step #6: Please Wait

Wait a few moments until the paint adheres itself to the wall and dries. The more paint you put on the brush and fling, the larger the splat and the more splatters you will have.

Step #7: More Colors

If you plan to use more than one color, repeat Steps 3 through 7. You can overlap paints and add as many colors as you wish.

Step #8: Do Dry

Once you have completed splattering your wall, let it dry for at least 24 hours before adding more paint or finishing with a top coat. Most splattering does not need a shiny coat and could take away from the rustic appearance if used.