Gradient Wall Paint

Gradient Wall Paint

Get your gradient on with these simple instructions for a fresh take on wall paint.

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Create a gradient paint effect on your wall by applying different colored paints in equal parts, starting with the darkest on the bottom and working up to the lightest on the top.

Painter’s tape
Large plastic drop cloth
Interior latex, satin enamel paint — 4 colors in graded color tones:
Dark color
Medium color
Light color
Extra light color
(8) Paint trays
(4) Paint rollers
Acrylic-based faux glaze
(4) Large decorator paintbrushes


  1. Use painter’s tape to mask off baseboards and place a large drop cloth on the floor under the wall to be painted. Remove switch and outlet covers and cover the holes with painter’s tape to protect them

Painting the wall:


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  1. Pour each paint color into its own separate tray

  2. The wall will be painted horizontally in 4 lines with each paint color covering about a quarter of the wall. Starting with the dark paint color, use a roller to apply paint to the bottom quarter of the wall. It doesn’t need to be a perfect quarter because you will be blending the colors later

  3. Paint the next quarter of the wall the medium color above the dark, taking you to the halfway point. Then, paint a quarter of the wall with the light paint above the medium color. Paint the remaining top quarter of the wall the lightest color. It’s OK if the paint colors overlap a little bit and if the lines aren’t perfect

Blending the layers:

  1. In fresh trays, mix one-part paint to one-part faux glaze for each of the four colors. These mixes will be used to blend the paint layers by making the paint slightly transparent
  2. To blend the paint, take a paintbrush for each color paint/glaze mixture and paint long sweeping strokes across the wall starting with the darkest on the bottom and working your way up to the lightest color. The sweeping strokes don’t always need to reach each end of the wall. Keep them loose and overlap them with each other
  3. To blend the layers further, add a little of the previous color’s paint to the mixing tray until you get a slight color variation in the following order: Add a little of the extra light color to the light color tray, a little of the light color to the medium color tray and a little of the medium color to the dark color tray
  4. Apply your newly mixed shades in sweeping strokes, concentrating each color blend across the sections of wall where the original two colors met. Continue applying strokes until the desired gradient blend is achieved

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