1. Put down dust sheets and mask up woodwork, plug sockets, switches etc. to prevent paint splashes.
2. Apply a coat of the base colour (here we used Flamingo Flock matt emulsion) and allow to dry for between 2-4 hours. Don’t forget to stir the paint before applying.
3. Decide on the location and size of your panels. Then, use a spirit level and pencil to mark them on the wall. To make sure your vertical lines are straight, you can use a plumb line or create your own (see Expert tip).
4. Place masking tape around the edge of the rectangle, rubbing the edges well down.
Expert tip: To make sure the vertical lines are straight, it’s useful to create chalk guidelines. Using a drawing pin, attach a length of string to the wall at the point where you want the top of your panel to begin (make sure the string is long enough to reach the bottom of the planned panel). Tie a small weight to the end of the string (a set of keys is perfect), rub the string with chalk and then ‘ping’ it against the wall so that the chalk leaves a light, straight guideline for you to follow.