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Painting Geometric Shapes

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Decorative elements, such as painting geometric shapes, can highlight color depth and increase light reflection for to create a radiant glow. Use elegant finishes such as Studio Finishes® Metallic Glaze (620) by themselves, or blend them with our latex glazes to add a translucent, veiled effect to walls, trim, and accent pieces.

Tools and Supplies


  • Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze (620)
  • Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405)
  • Studio Finishes Latex Glaze Extender (408)
  • Regal® Paint, Eggshell Finish (N319) with Advanced Particle Technology™
  • Regal Paint, Pearl Finish (N310) with Advanced Particle Technology


  • 3-inch or 4-inch Benjamin Moore paint brush or soft rags (brushes lend a textured look, while rags give a softer, more diffused appearance)
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Water for cleanup

How to Paint Geometric Shapes on Walls

Step 1 - Apply the Base Color
Apply your selected base color onto properly prepared and primed walls. For this project, we selected Benjamin Moore Central Mauve (1412) as our base color. We suggest using Regal Paint, Eggshell Finish (N319) with Advanced Particle Technology or Regal Paint, Pearl Finish N310 with Advanced Particle Technology for your base.

Step 2 - Plan Your Layout
Using graph paper, sketch the layout of your color blocks. The size of your wall will determine how large you will need to make the squares/rectangles for a balanced effect.

Planning ahead for the number and placement of the shapes you will use will give you an idea of how to apply each color to achieve the effect you want.

Step 3 - Create Your Block Design
Using a level to make straight lines, mark off your block design on your wall with a white pencil or chalk. Tape off several squares/rectangles of varying sizes with painter's tape, taking care to choose shapes that do not touch one another.

Step 4 - Apply Glaze
Apply Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze (620) onto the taped off shapes, using an additive ragging technique. Allow glaze to dry completely and once it is dry, remove the tape.

Step 5 - Create A Pattern
Create a pattern by outlining and taping off additional squares and rectangles over original shapes.

When it comes to painting these geometric shapes on your walls, use a rag to apply different colors of Studio Finishes Metallic Glaze (620) within the outlines. Keep adding glaze until you achieve your desired look.

Professional Tips Painting Geometric Shapes

  • Add Studio Finishes Latex Glaze Extender (408) to the glaze mixture to allow for more "open time," which keeps the mixture wet and workable longer.
  • Use a T-square to ensure the accuracy of lines and angles.
  • Use light pencil marks to outline where your tape should be placed.
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