A feature wall in an instant with an eye-catching oval design
Oval graphic paint effect in deep neutral

How to paint an oval wall design in 5 easy steps

A step-by-step guide to painting graphic shapes on your walls

You’ll need:

All the kit you’ll need to paint an oval design
Equipment needed to paint an oval


• A tin of your chosen paint
• Paint roller – use a small roller if you’re making a small oval
• Paint tray
• A sheet of paper that’s bigger than the size of oval you want to create
• Masking tape
• Pencil
• Chalk
• Paintbrush
• Scissors

Step 1: Choose your base

First you need to choose your base colour
The base colour

First make sure you’re happy with the background colour of your wall. If it needs a fresh colour, now’s the time to do it. Not sure which shade to go with? Take a look at our Decorating Tips and Advice. Once you’ve applied your new background colour and the paint is dry, you’re ready to create your oval.

Step 2: Draw an oval

Draw your oval shape on paper and cut it out
Cutting out the oval

Lightly use your pencil to draw an oval shape on your sheet of paper and then cut out the shape.

Step 3: Tape the oval to the wall

Tape your oval to the area you’d like to paint
Oval taped to wall

Use small pieces of masking tape to tack the oval into the desired position on the wall.

Step 4: Chalk up

Use chalk to draw around your oval shape
Chalked oval on wall

Use chalk to draw a line around the oval piece of paper, then remove the tape and paper from the wall.

Step 5: Apply your paint

Paint your oval with a small roller and paint brush
Applying the final paint to the oval

Use your paintbrush to apply paint around the inner edge of your oval, before using your paint roller to fill in the rest of the oval. You have your finished oval.

Unsure what colours will work best for your oval wall design? Take a look at our Decorating Tips and Advice .

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