How to paint a honeycomb design on your wall

Discover how to master a statement honeycomb pattern to define your space with paint.


There’s much more to the transformative power of paint than simply using one colour to paint a room. To make a unique style statement in your home, why not create your own feature wall using a honeycomb motif? Inspired by Creme Brulee, the Dulux Colour of the Year 2019, it’s easier than you might think!

We’ll take you through the kit you’ll need and give you step-by-step instructions on achieving the perfect finish. But don’t be afraid to personalize the idea, you could paint your hexagons up high, down low, clustered around a key piece of furniture to zone your space or scattered at random. The options are endless…

You’ll need:

• A tin of each of your chosen paint colours

We’ve used:

00YY 26/220
50BG 11/123
10GG 26/046

• Paint rollers, standard and small
• Paint tray
• Measuring tape
• Pencil
• Plain card or paper
• Ruler
• Spirit level
• Masking tape
• Paint brushes
• Scissors

Step 1: Create your base

For best results start with a freshly painted wall. Not sure which shade to choose? See instantly how the latest Colour of the Year 2019 palettes could look on your wall with the free Dulux Visualizer app. Once you’ve applied your new background colour and the paint is completely dry, you’re ready to create your shapes.

Step 2: Create a base-line

Decide where your shapes will be and create a base-line for them using masking tape and a spirit-level.

Step 3: All angles

Using your ruler draw an equilateral triangle – the width will be half the width of your final shape – and cut it out.

Step 4: Build your template

Use your triangle as a template to draw a six-triangle hexagon. Duplicate this shape for as many honeycomb hexagons as you will need.

Step 5: Mask out your shapes

Using a tab of masking tape, arrange these hexagons along your base line, spaced as you like. Completely mask around the outer edge of each hexagon, then remove the cardboard shape, creating a stencil. Repeat with a smaller inner hexagon if you wish to create outlines rather than solid shapes.

Step 6: Pop on the paint

Using a small roller or brush, fill in the shapes with the paint colours of your choice.

Step 7: Peel to reveal

While the paint is still a little wet, remove the tape to reveal your shapes!

See 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.

Not sure which paint colours will work best for your honeycomb wall finish?

Visualize via the free Dulux Visualizer app

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