How to paint a circle wall design in 3 simple steps

Eager to experiment with an easy paint effect? Paint a statement circle on your wall with our step-by-step guide.


You can express yourself with paint in many ways, it’s not just about repainting your four walls in a single shade. A circle motif is a simple and effective way to make a statement, zone your room and create a talking point. We’ll take you through it step-by-step, including all the basic kit you’ll need…

You’ll need:

A tin of each of your chosen paint colours

We’ve used:

30YY 78/018
00YY 26/220

• Paint roller
• Paint tray
• Measuring tape
• Pencil
• Ball of string
• Scissors
• Drawing pin
• Slim paint brushes

Step 1: Create your base

Apply your base colour of fresh paint in a shade that will contrast well with your circle motif. For inspiration on which colour  to choose, why not explore the Dulux Colour of the Year 2019 palettes? To see instantly how the latest shades could look on your wall, download the free Dulux Visualizer app . Once you’ve applied the new background colour and the paint is completely dry, you’re ready to create your circle.

Step 2: Sketch your circle

You need to choose where you want to position your circle, so consider where your furniture and accessories will go. Tie a piece of string to the pencil and the other end to the pin point, which should then be pushed into the wall where you want the center of your circle to be. The length of the string will determine the outer diameter of your circle. Holding the string taut, draw a circle on your wall. Next, tighten the string slightly to draw the inner edge of your circle outline.

Step 3: Fill it in

With a fine straight brush, carefully paint in between the two penciled circles, working away from the top, in both directions in turn, to avoid any smudges. More circles can be created in this way as desired.

Not sure exactly which paint colours will work best for your paint effect?

Get more inspiration on how to use Creme Brulee, Dulux Colour of the Year 2019 ‘How to use COTY in your home’ , and find a look to suit your style.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, find your perfect colour match with paint testers. You can order them here or via the free Dulux Visualizer