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A Burst of Grey – How To Paint Rays on a Wall

I am a creative professional working from home, and I spend a LOT of time in my office so I designed this wall to really POP!

For the past few years freelance, but also renting, I have been dreaming of the day when I could create my ULTIMATE creative space. That home office where the energy felt just right and the designs just flow right off my fingertips. So here’s the start, the first BURST of real inspiration.

Burst of Grey - Hand Painted Office Wall #creative #paint #office

How To Paint a Wall with a Burst or Rays #paint #tutorial #diy

To create a wall with bursts or rays like this, first pick the colors.

For my office I used two very light shades of grey (Behr Silver Drop 790C-2, Dolphin Fin 790C-3). I wanted the colors to be subtle. All my art is very bright and I wanted the pattern to stand out but not compete with the bright “pop” colors. I also used an eggshell on the lighter of the greys and a semigloss on the darker for an added little contrast. Then paint the wall the base color. I suggest the base be the lighter of your two colors.


wall-marksNext decide which corner you want the rays to come from. Next mark of 1 ft. segments on the floor and opposite wall. These are the points you’ll make your lines to.

For the next step, you’ll need at least another person, 2 is very helpful. Using a chalk line one person hold the end of the line in the starting corner (you might need to stand on a ladder for this) and the other person pulls the string down to the first mark. Pull the chalk string tight, so there is a lot of tension and snap it against the wall. Just pull back and let go. This is where the third person comes in handy. Have them snap the line. When the lines are long, it is hard to keep the tension on the line while holding it.

Once your chalk lines are set, decide which ray you want to start the color on. You’ll need to tape on the OUTSIDE of both of it’s chalk lines. Then skip a ray, and tape on the outside of the next 2 chalk lines. You’ll get the pattern. The tape wont be able to go all the way to the corner, so you will have to freehand the top little bit. Also, when you’re taping, don’t forget to tape off the walls next to it, so your edges stay clean.

Paint in your rays! :-)

Just really remember which ones you’re supposed to be painting in. You don’t want to get this far, and have to re-do it. After your first coat of paint dries, touch up any bit you need to and remove the tape.

And there you go! A Burst or Rays! I really love this effect!

I’d love to hear about any of your cool painting ideas or tutorials.

Also, let’s play a game… Can you see my other projects in the finished wall shot? Take a look!


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  1. Oh my goodness, this is totally awesome. What a fabulous look and your tutorial is wonderful. Don’t forget to link up to Inspire Me Tuesday. It will go live on Mon. at 2:30 PT. Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love this look! I’d love for you to add this to my link up party “Friday Follow Along Party”

  3. Wow, this looks really interesting! Nice effects.

  4. I love this! I’m a graphic designer too and it’s so nice to have a space that you love working in and feel inspired by.

    • Thank You! Great to meet another GD / Blogger out there! Do you work for a firm or a freelancer? Checked out your blog, really cute! Newest follower :-)

  5. Love this! I haven’t seen this one yet. Such a fun way to bring sunshine in.

  6. so so cool. can you come paint at my house?!? featuring you tonight!

    • Thanks Jocie!

      I love your blog, it’s one of the ones I follow :-) thrilled to be featured again :-)

  7. I love the sun ray wall! Brilliant!


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