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How to paint a polka dots wall

polka dot wall

Since I stencil the entry wall with the Otomi pattern (all the details are in my previous article How to stencil a wall), my daughter was begging me to do something in her bedroom. “Because it’s all white, mum, and it’s not nice!” She suggested a few crazy things, I went for something simple: a polka dot wall. As far as there is pink involved she is happy, so she agreed on my idea. 

I wanted a quick way to make polka dots on the wall, so I came up with the idea of using a sponge as a dot stamp. I always find it hard to pick the right paint color for your space. I end up choosing three different pink shade to give some vibe to the wall.

I started painting the dots on top of the wall next to the ceiling. I painted them more tightly above and more spaced on the bottom of the wall. It looks a little like confetti that falls from the ceiling. Also as the dresser and the bed are along this wall I didn’t paint many dots on the lower part of the wall as they will be covered by the furniture.

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How to paint a polka dots wall

Materials you will need:

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As you will need little paint to make the dots, the best is using small paint samples. You can make it even easier by getting shaped sponges.

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First, make your stamps. Use a round shape to draw a circle on the sponge. The center of the masking tape was just perfect, but any circular container will work.

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Use a utility knife or scissors to give the sponge a circle shape. Make as many circular sponges as color you will use to create your polka dot wall.

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Let’s start stamping polka dots on the wall! Start next to the ceiling.

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The three shades of pink I used are from Behr: Sweet Tart M160-3, Hot gossip P150-4 and Beauty Queen P120-5.

polka dot wall

Put some paint into disposable plates, dip the sponge in it, and applies the sponge on the wall. You just need a little paint on the sponge, you can remove paint excess on the edge of the plate if needed.

It works better if, once the sponge is on the wall, you turn it on itself a little. That way the paint is better applied.

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To make a random pattern applies one color at the time and paint more dots on the upper part of the wall. Once in a while look at the entire wall and adds dots where it seems necessary.

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And tadaaaaaam!!! It was the surprise when she came back from school, she likes it and wanted to kick her brother out of the bedroom…because “it’s only for a princess”. Of course, he didn’t agree and they still sleep in the same bedroom.

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They are a few more DIY in this room, so if you like to have a look at how was the dresser before I paint it read my dresser makeover post. The lampshade was made with a piece of cardboard and a plastic bottle, all the details are here: DIY lampshade. The flower frame on the wall was a tea towel…too pretty to dry dishes so I hung it on the wall. If you want to use nice fabric as wall decor, come to see this DIY How to use fabric as wall art.

I only painted one wall of the room and it took me about 2 hours to complete. It’s a very simple and quick decor upgrade. What do you think about this idea? Where would you paint a polka dot wall in your house?

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polka dot wall


polka dot wall

Want to remember it? Save this DIY polka dots wall in your favorite Pinterest board.

polka dot wall

Look this nice wall with blue polka dots, thanks for sharing Franziska!

polka dot wall diy

Love this modern black dots accent wall painted by Bohemian Farm life.

diy accent wall dots




You will find all the tutorials featured in the video on my “Best DIY” page.


Safiya Ansari

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Vry Beautiful! I would like to knw the colour used on it Acrilic??? Kindly guide me.


Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

Hello Safiya, the paints I used are acrylic paints from Behr. The colors are the followings: Sweet Tart M160-3, Hot gossip P150-4 and Beauty Queen P120-5. As you need little paint for this project you can buy sample size containers. Have fun decorating!


Wednesday 19th of August 2020

Really really a good idea for me. this is a helpful post for painting wall. Thanks again for share this idea with us.


Saturday 22nd of August 2020

Hi Laurel, I'm glad you like it. Let me know if your give the polka dot a try. I love to see what you make using my tutorials.

William Nichols

Tuesday 26th of March 2019

I love this idea! I’ve been looking for something like this for my 4 year old daughter. We’re painting her a ‘big girl room’, and this will do the trick.

May I ask where you got the kitchen sponges, or what brand they are?

Thank you for sharing such a neat idea!


Monday 1st of April 2019

Hello, The polka dot wall is so easy to make. I made it a few years ago and my daughter still love it. I don't remember the sponge brand I was the cheap one. I also saw that some brand already sell rounded sponges. It will make things easier if you can find them.


Wednesday 21st of June 2017

ive been looking for an easy DIY idea how to paint my little girl's room..this is awesome, will try this once her room is ready..thanks for sharing!

Ama Ryllis

Thursday 29th of June 2017

I'm glad you like it! Don't hesitate to share a pic when you are finished!


Sunday 14th of May 2017

lemme try this over the weekend thanks for such a great idea !!