If you’re looking for kitchen ideas to soften up hard surfaces and add interest to the heart of your home, a relaxed tie dye effect is a great (and fun) DIY to try on kitchen walls.

Watch the video above, or read below for the step-by-step guide.

You’ll need:

  • 2 paint colours (one base colour, one for the effect). We used Stonewashed Blue and Timeless
  • A4 sheet of paper for templates
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Coloured chalk and plumb line
  • Low-tack masking tape
  • 3” paint brush
  • Dust sheet
Tie Dye Effect Copy Image

Step 1: Paint your wall with the base colour and allow to dry. While drying, create a template by folding an A4 sheet of paper in half, then in half again. Fold the open edges diagonally outwards, then unfold the paper again to reveal a diamond shape. Cut out, then repeat to make at least 20 templates.

Step 2: Measure and mark points along the top of the wall at 30cm intervals. Draw a piece of coloured chalk over the plumb line and anchor the string to each mark with tape. Allow the weight to settle then snap the string against the surface. Repeat on each mark to create straight vertical lines to follow.

Step 3: Position the templates along each line with rolled up masking tape. Once you have the columns lined up, paint the space between the first two columns and repeat to complete the wall

Step 4: Once dry, remove templates and soften the diamond shapes by lightly brushing inwards over the edges using horizontal strokes. Allow to dry

Step 5: Mix a thinned-down wash of your base colour and working from the centre of the diamond, use horizontal outward brush strokes to complete the effect.

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