Having patterns on the wall is ideal for a number of things. It can create visual interest in your space, it is one way to introduce colours or motifs that tie up with the "theme" or style of your home, and it can even distract guests from the fact that your kitchen or room is small. Many homeowners choose angular motifs, but one shape you can consider is the honeycomb. Dulux shares the know-how on achieving a honeycomb pattern at home.

Here's what you need to paint a honeycomb pattern:

  • Three different paint colours. In this tutorial, we opted for Dulux’s Colour of the Year, Spiced Honey (also known as Creme Brulee), Global Waters and Thundercloud. 
  • Paint rollers, standard and small
  • Paint tray
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Plain paper
  • Ruler
  • Spirit level
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors


Step 1: Paint the area of your wall with a single base colour

For this example, Dulux went with Global Waters, but if you have another colour in mind, use the Dulux Visualizer app to see how different colours would look like on your walls before you commit to a purchase. Or, how about lucky colours according to your horoscope? Once the base paint has dried, it’s time to mark the “trajectory” of the honeycombs. 


Step 2: Use a masking tape to create the “trajectory” for the honeycombs

Ensure that the tape is straight by using a spirit-level. When you’re happy with the general placement of the honeycombs, you can now start creating the templates for the honeycombs.


Step 3: Draw a triangle

Use a ruler and pencil to draw and cut out a triangle that is equally long on all sides. Using this triangle, create as many hexagons as you will need for this project.


Step 4: Use masking tape to mark the outer edges of each hexagon

Next, remove the hexagon for a stencil. If you would like to create an outline instead of a solid shape, repeat this step using smaller hexagons inside of the stencil.

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Step 5: You’re now ready to paint!

Use a small brush or roller to fill in the shapes with the paint colours of your choice. You could use the same colour for all your honeycombs, or even mix things up a little by using different colours.


Step 6: Peel the tape

While the paint is still a little wet, remove the masking tape to see the honeycomb pattern. Ta-da!

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Photos and tips courtesy of Dulux.