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Herringbone Ceiling

Wahoo!  The entryway and Master Bedroom are DONE!  You have no clue how excited I am!  Today’s project comes from the Entryway.  It started off a few months ago with Octy the Purple Chandelier.  We have all seen the beautiful herringbone walls that are floating around blogland and Pinterest like this one from Girls With Good Taste.  So so beautiful.  I decided to change it up a little though. (I know you are shocked.)

Herringbone

How to paint a Herringbone Pattern

 

Most Herringbone wall treatments have the same color for the entire horizontal row, like this one from Girls With Good Taste:

 

It is so cute but I wanted the color to alternate spaces which was probably more work but I think it turned out amazing!

I used flat paint so that the texture of the ceiling doesn’t take away from the herringbone pattern and I am SO glad that I did.

Start by finding the center of your ceiling.   Then divide your space evenly.  I have 4 sections in mine.  Remember to take into account the width of your tape and adjust accordingly

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I used a template to mark my spaces for the horizontal lines.

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You will want to mark almost the full width of the tape because you will be using that mark from both sides.

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Starting in the left corner I marked at the full width of the template. Same for the second line.  The secret to having perfect even lines is to take mark #1 from one side and connect it to the corner and then take mark #2 and connect it to mark #1.

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Now if that made your brain hurt hold on cause its about to get worse.  To alternate colors and have them the same sixe when you are finished you need to adjust to accommodate your tape.  The pieces that are staying white have a little tape mark in them so that I don’t paint them.   You will also notice that the tape is always on the INSIDE the tape of the unmarked section.  They best way to do this is to tape on the inside of your marks when you are doing a section that is the same as your base color and on the outside of your mark when you are doing a section that is the new color.  And if you mess up its ok, step back and try again!

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Hooray!! You have made it through!  Now you are ready to paint!

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Paint each section that is not marked and remember if you paint it with your base color first and then your accent color it will prevent any bleeding!  I cant give you the name of the base color because it was something that I mixed myself!  Sorry guys!

When it is done peel your tape of and go get a Diet Coke cause you deserve it!

Herringbone

How to paint a Herringbone Pattern

Love Your Guts

74 Comments

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper 06.12.2011 at 16:13

    SO awesome, mandi! maybe my fave project yet of yours!

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  • Crafty Texan 06.12.2011 at 16:22

    Good grief you’re fantastically creative! Love it!

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  • BluBabesCreate 06.12.2011 at 16:24

    So amazing and very elegant!

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  • Gentri 06.12.2011 at 16:26

    Wow. Just wow. You are amazing mandi!! I love it so much!

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  • Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl 06.12.2011 at 16:29

    Oh my gosh, Mandi…are you kidding me right now???? I wish I had half your talent & creativity…you are so awesome!!!

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  • Colleen @ MuralMaker&More 06.12.2011 at 16:29

    Get OUT!!! This is too cool. Kudos to you – both for the herringbone AND the ceiling! I do anything I can to avoid painting art on ceilings.

    Any chance of you moving to No. Calif :p

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  • strbrte 06.12.2011 at 16:32

    Ok I love this!

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  • Sarah @ Just The Bee's Knees 06.12.2011 at 16:34

    this.is.amazing.

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  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts 06.12.2011 at 16:34

    that adds such depth to your ceiling — wowza!!

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  • Kari Sweeten 06.12.2011 at 16:35

    WOW!! This is really awesome Mandi!

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  • Char @ Crap I've Made 06.12.2011 at 16:35

    It’s flippin’ fabulous!

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  • Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest 06.12.2011 at 16:35

    AMAZING!! That is about all I can say…

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  • Kelli 06.12.2011 at 16:39

    Wow! No words for how fabulous that is! LOVE :)

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  • Stacy 06.12.2011 at 16:42

    So fun! You know I love me a painted ceiling 😉

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  • Brandi 06.12.2011 at 16:48

    Oh my goodness! This is seriously like soooooooo awesome!!! You have so much patience! It seriously looks 3D!

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  • Kara @ June & Bear 06.12.2011 at 16:49

    shut up. you are amazing. i love that shot from right under the chandelier. love it so, so much.

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  • melanie 06.12.2011 at 16:59

    That is MEGA! SO fun and creative! So you… it looks great with the purple chandelier! I want to see the rest of the entry way….

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  • Leanne 06.12.2011 at 17:00

    Amazing Mandi! I would sleep in the entry so I could stare at it as I go to sleep.

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  • A Vintage Green 06.12.2011 at 17:01

    Mandi you are totally awesome. To figure out the how was tough but your tutorial was very clear. The purple chandelier pops and the ceiling looks SO high.
    Joy

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  • Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com 06.12.2011 at 17:07

    Looks great girly! xoxo

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  • callie 06.12.2011 at 17:11

    Do you have a textured ceiliing? I have a beautiful tray ceiling in my room that I’d love to do something fun with but I’m not sure because it is textured

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  • Mandi @ Vintage Revivals 06.12.2011 at 17:16

    Callie!
    I do have a textured ceiling. You can see it pretty well in the template picture.

    Love your guts
    mandi

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  • aimee 06.12.2011 at 17:30

    wow it looks amazing xxx

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  • Jennie 06.12.2011 at 17:35

    GIRRRRLLLL…Fabulous!! I LOVE it!! My eyes were weirding out a little…I was like, “what a cool ceiling how it comes down in the middle!” Heeeheee! It was the lines that were playin’ games on my jacked up eyes. I really do love it :)
    Rock on sistah!

    Jen

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  • Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating 06.12.2011 at 18:04

    AMAZING!!!! I absolutely love a herringbone design, and I never would have thought to put it on a ceiling! Absolutely incredible.

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  • Melody Strayer 06.12.2011 at 18:04

    I want to make out with your ceiling. Fore real! LOVE it!!!!

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  • elaine 06.12.2011 at 18:23

    I love this! Looks fantastic and really makes the chandelier stand out. Amazing work girlie!

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  • Jenny 06.12.2011 at 18:23

    Looks amazing!

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  • Creative Raisins 06.12.2011 at 18:29

    Oh my gosh this is stunning, looks like a lot of work and it was well worth it.

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  • Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful 06.12.2011 at 18:34

    Wow…that is awesome. Love the illusion it gives that the ceiling is vaulted.

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  • Tricia 06.12.2011 at 19:28

    You are BRILLIANT! it looks AWESOME!!!!

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  • Rebecca 06.12.2011 at 19:38

    I love it!

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  • Kim @ Sand and Sisal 06.12.2011 at 19:45

    When it comes to thinking Out of the Box, you BURST out with full force! LOVE IT! My hubs would never let me do this but I’m SOOO glad yours does, so we can all admire and dream of what could be!

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  • Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers 06.12.2011 at 20:00

    Whoa! This is awesome!!! It kinda seems to trick the eye a little bit, but it looks amazing with the purple chandelier. You seriously come up with the coolest ideas. This one is definitely a fave!

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  • Sarah AKA The Thriftress 06.12.2011 at 20:23

    Super coooool! Love the gray with the pop of purple!

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  • Suesan 06.12.2011 at 20:31

    You just rocked my socks off. This is why you are a force to be reckoned with! Just awesome.

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  • Julie 06.12.2011 at 21:04

    Loving this graphic art. It captures attention..and with that light! Truly a wonderful display of how creativitiy with paint can make a dramatic impact.

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  • Jessie @ Imperfectly Polished 06.12.2011 at 21:23

    This is gorgeous, Mandy!!!! Kudos to you for hanging in there and painting that whole thing!

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  • Ivy 06.12.2011 at 21:27

    Holy crap, that is so dang awesome. I can hardly stand how cool that looks!!!! Gah!! You are full o’ skilz, girl!!!

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  • Molly 06.12.2011 at 22:30

    That is absolutely beautiful. And the part about alternating the tape spacing made perfect sense. Love it!

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  • One Purple Dandelion 06.12.2011 at 23:33

    I’m one of those white-only-for-the-ceiling kind of girls, but this is soooo pretty! I would’ve never thought to paint my ceiling, let alone paint a design on it. Stunning! (And I love the optical illusion it creates up there!)

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  • Dixie Sargent Redmond 06.12.2011 at 23:35

    This looks amazing. Says #41 in the comments. 😉

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  • Susan @ homeroad.net 06.12.2011 at 23:47

    A-MAZE-ING! It looks like your ceiling is pitched! Fabulous!
    Susan

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  • Vanessa 07.12.2011 at 01:06

    Hi, Mandi

    Awesome!

    Vanessa

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  • Callie 07.12.2011 at 01:15

    Thanks Mandi! Can you tell I looked @ that on my phone?! It’s amazing how much more you can see on a computer screen 😉

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  • Jenn 07.12.2011 at 01:53

    this is totally rad! love it.

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  • Alison @ Oopsey Daisy 07.12.2011 at 01:55

    This is absolutely amazing!!!

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  • Jenna@TheLifeoftheWife 07.12.2011 at 02:50

    That is ridiculously fantastic!! Can you just design my whole house for me?! Love it!!

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  • Korrie@RedHenHome 07.12.2011 at 03:42

    Oh, this is so utterly cool! Doesn’t it just drive you crazy, though, if someone has the nerve to come to your house and NOT look up?? I’d have to keep rolling my eyes to the ceiling to give them a hint!! 😉

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  • Amy @MaisonDecor 07.12.2011 at 03:58

    Holy moly…I cannot believe you did this!! It is totally amazing.

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  • Sandy & Butch 07.12.2011 at 04:08

    Seriously? You blow my mind every time you reveal a new project! I am so in love with your ceiling right now, I am not even kidding! Also, I think it looks more like herringbone having the color alternate like you did it rather than have one whole row the same color. If I were you I would just be laying in my entryway staring up at my ceiling all day. It is perfect!

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  • Andrea | HomageStyle.com 07.12.2011 at 04:13

    Love it! You’re so clever!

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  • Cass {MySaneSafeSpot} 07.12.2011 at 08:03

    Wow that’s crazy, so creative! Love it!

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  • Nicole Metters 07.12.2011 at 15:11

    Mandi you are SUPER amazing!! I absolutely love this!! love how it makes the ceiling look like it has peaks!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!!! Plus, as you already know, I luuurrrvvve your purple chandy. Sure wish I could find a space in my home for one!!!! “love your guts” Nicole

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  • Linda 07.12.2011 at 15:47

    Holy Cow! This ceiling is amazing. The thoughts of doing that work on a ceiling gives me anxiety. :) Truly amazing as always!

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  • astr!d 07.12.2011 at 16:39

    wow, thats pretty elaborate for a ceiling! it made my neck hurt in compassion for all the working about your head stuff! but it does look amazing!!!

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  • Jessie 07.12.2011 at 17:04

    Looks amazing! Ceilings are so awesome painted, but man it hurts your neck!!! The finish product is worth the pain. lol

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  • ashley @ design build love 07.12.2011 at 23:48

    seriously Mandi… you are AH-MAZING!!!! Love the herringbone ceiling! Considering it for one of our smaller rooms or maybe the bathroom! You might just win the title of “creative painting queen!”

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  • Alyssa 08.12.2011 at 08:32

    Love. I saw a picture on Pinterest and I actually thought the ceiling was angled! It’s a perfect backdrop for the chandy.

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  • Attempting Aloha 23.12.2011 at 03:51

    Stunning!! Just stunning!

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  • Carey 29.12.2011 at 20:42

    This is so FAB!! What paint colors did you use?

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  • Trish Helmke 03.03.2012 at 22:15

    Hey Mandi! In the process of copying your herringbone ceiling on the stairwell ceiling to my finished basement :) I’ll send pics! saw it on Nate Berkus, so glad to have found you!

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  • Amanda @ Burlap and Denim 13.03.2012 at 20:53

    I’m a huge fan and follower, starting with THIS ceiling, AMAZING! I’m hosting a chevron party on my blog and would love you to link up!
    http://burlapanddenim.com/2012/03/party-on-mondays-2/

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  • the Blah Blah Blahger 14.06.2012 at 16:24

    Holy crap…that must have been exhausting, but well worth it!!!

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  • Anonymous 15.07.2012 at 11:49

    Taped up the wall in my son’s room at the house we’re moving into last night, painting today. Hope it turns out half as well as this.
    Walls are already blue; we chose a color that coordinates with them and with his new Ikea rug. I did not put the long straight pieces down the middle of the sections–figure that leads to more space between the color spots. Do you think that will work?

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  • Anonymous 16.07.2012 at 23:58

    Me again. That wall of my son’s room is complete, but based on comments we are trying something different for the adjacent wall–op art that either swirls into a tunnel “out” or

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  • Anonymous 17.07.2012 at 00:02

    Got done with that wall of my son’s room. Now plotting the adjacent wall. It will start with the same kind of herringbone, alternating colors, but then will either wrap into an op art tunnel or the grid will become wavey until it splashes off water droplets at the end. Haven’t decided yet. Hoping to get help from his art teacher.

    Thanks for the idea that got us started!

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  • Telisa Van Leeuwen 19.07.2012 at 14:09

    I have been SEARCHING for ideas for my teeny tiny bathroom and when I saw this I could finally sleep!! I love it and thank you for sharing your AAaaaamazing talents!

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  • Toni 09.12.2013 at 03:05

    Thanks for the great idea! Painted the spare bedroom sub-floor with this herringbone pattern. I’m very pleased with the result! So glad to have come across your website! You have inspired me!

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