Interior hack: Expert shares how to create ‘popular’ scalloped wall trend

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Interior trends come and go over the years, with certain colours, techniques and textures becoming popularised by social media. One paint trend that has surged in popularity is the scalloped wall effect. The trend can look simple yet effective and is particularly popular in children’s bedrooms.

To create the look, Helen Goddard, owner of the Decorating Centre Online (DCO), has shared a how-to guide exclusively with

Helen said: “The scalloped wall effect is a very playful, and simple way to add a touch of charm to any room and although they’re at their most popular in children’s rooms, this creative trend is also growing in popularity in other spaces such as bathrooms and home offices too.

“Scallops look perfect in any colour and are really versatile.

“Whichever way you do yours, from a half wall feature to a ceiling feature, from bold contrasts to subtle blends, longer ‘art deco-style’ arches or small little frills, the scalloped effect can add lots of character and dimension to any room.

“And it isn’t as tricky to achieve as it might look!”

What you will need to create the look:

  • sharp pencil
  • scissors
  • a piece of card
  • a round utensil depending on the size of the scallop you want (like a dish or a lid)
  • a small good quality cutting-in brush such as the Axus precision brush
  • a larger brush such as the ProDec synthetic brush
  • a roller such as the Axus blue mini roller kit, for the block areas
  • paint and container
  • painters’ tape

The Decorating Centre Online can colour match the exact shade you want.

Particularly popular colours are pastel shades, sage greens, earthy tones and baby blues.

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You will need to ensure the wall has a base colour that you’re happy with before you start painting your scalloped effect on.

Make sure the base paint is fully dry before measuring a line where you want your scallops to sit on the wall.

Mark the line out with a pencil using measuring tape and a leveller to get an even line.

When it comes to creating a stencil, you can either cut out a cardboard stencil or use a dish.

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Helen suggests using the base of an old paint tin or an embroidery hoop to achieve the effect.

She also suggests sticking some tape on your stencil with a little on the bottom to help with consistency.

Lining the tape up with the straight edge on the wall will ensure each scallop is the same depth.

She added: “For the tricky bits like the corners, you can simply bend the card stencil into the corners.”

How to create the look

Tape the area you are painting the scalloped design onto and paint a rectangular colour block.

When this is dry, you should lightly sand down the top line of the rectangle in order to avoid any raised edges of paint.

This means the scallops will blend in when you eventually paint them in.

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Helen continued: “Next, go around the whole room marking out the scallop shapes using your stencil with your sharp pencil.

“Using the cutting-in paintbrush, paint along the inside edge of the scalloped lines you have just drawn.

“It is easier to set about your room in sections if it is a large space.

“With the larger brush, you can fill the shape of the scallop blending it in to your colour block.

“Once dry, apply a second coat which will help even out any imperfections, then voila! Your look is complete.”

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