How to paint with metallic paint

Metallic Paint Accent Wall

How to paint with metallic paint

Accent walls are very vogue right now.  With all these gray walls, we somehow need a punch of color in our room so that we don’t go stir crazy.  What better way then to create a wall that will make the room stand out.

I’ve always wanted to try painting with metallic paint but was a little apprehensive.  It seems a bit daunting but I recently did a room makeover for our entryway hallway.  I think entryways should really make a positive powerful statement when you walk into your home.

Painting with metallic paint.
Trying different colors to make this boring wall pop!

Accent walls are really great AND an inexpensive way to make a room really stand out.  Here is the wall in question on the right.  Plain and boring.  I tried sampling various shades of gray but it wasn’t giving me the “wow” factor that I was looking for.

So after much internet research, I came across a picture of an entrywall on the Ralph Lauren website where I fell in love with the metallic accent wall and the stunning accessories.  I decided to give metallic paint a try.

One design aspect I learned at college was that it’s okay to have an inspiration piece like a picture, pillow, rug etc.  Something that gives you an idea as to what you want your space to look like, or colors or furniture that you want to incorporate.

Here is my inspiration picture below:

Ralph Lauren Speciality Paints, Burnished gold metallic accent wall.
Ralph Lauren Speciality Paints

Photo via: Ralph Lauren Paints.


The first step to painting with metallic paints is to clean and prepare your wall like you would with before painting using any paint.  I taped off the sides since I was doing an accent wall and just wanted paint to be on the one wall.  Using a roller I started at the top and painted in a “V” shape working my way down the wall.  See how fast I was going?  My arms are a blurr (lol.)

accent wall in progress








Here is the other wall after one coat of paint.   I let the paint dry for a couple of hours in between coats. The instructions said not to paint right up to the edge of the wall.  I actually touched the side of the wall after the photo below was taken.

accent metallic wall








The next step is to put on a second coat of paint using the same “V” method of rolling the paint from the top down.  For the second coat, Ralph Lauren sells a special roller for the walls and a sponge for the edges of the walls so you “dab” the edges with paint.  I’m not sure if I put the paint on too thick, or if the paint color was too dark, but I didn’t get the “special effect” that this $20 Ralph Lauren roller was supposed to give me.  I actually like how it turned out better without the special effect.


Metallic Paint Accent Wall
Metallic Paint Accent Wall

I decided on the color Copper Luster.  It goes on quite bright but dries darker. I chose the color because it went beautifully with the pictures that I hung on each accent wall.  Metallic accent walls on it’s own are not the current trend, but one of my  favorite go-to decorating tip (especially when I’m staging and getting a house to sell) is to put a large trendy “wow” picture on the wall.


Entryway Makeover
Metallic Paint Accent Wall

So what do you think?  Are you willing to give metallic paint a try?



I’m Debi Collinson and I am a Designer.  For over 10 years I have been staging houses helping clients make their home stunning but also adding value to their home at the same time.  The results were amazing – our clients earned money for their home beyond their expectations. Meanwhile, my fixer upper at home sat waiting for ME to fix IT up.  

BUT now it’s MY turn!  Come join ME as I renovate our fixer upper.  I’ll share my tips and secrets along the way on how you can make your home stunning  AND to make sure what you’re doing will Add Value To Your Home for when your ready to sell.



  • Avatar <cite class="fn">JEAN MYLES</cite>

    Love the effect you get with the metallic paint In the first pic [ look like tulips] how do we figure out what size the art work should be? Is there a formula ?

    • Avatar <cite class="fn">Debi Collinson</cite>

      Great question Jean! Typically the rule of thumb for artwork is that it should be 2/3’s the size of your space. For example, a picture should be 2/3’s the size of the wall, or a picture should be 2/3’s the size of a couch for artwork going above a couch. Does that make sense? You can use 2 pictures in that same size of space instead of 1 if you have 2 that would fit the 2/3’s rule. When you put two pictures together, leave approximately 4″ apart. Most people space co-ordinating pictures too far apart.

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