How to Achieve the Suede Paint Effect

People love the look of suede. It’s used to make handbags, shoes, clothing and so much more. Bringing this classic look to your bedroom or dining area is very easy by just following a couple of steps.

The sued paint effect is created by the use of a single color! It is your specific painting techniques that will bring the effect out.

This “touchable” texture is created by using a few fundamental paint techniques making it the perfect simple way to achieve texture on any wall. Before you start making a sued paint effect, make sure you have enough time as this process, although simple, can be quite time-consuming.

Color selection is important when creating the suede painting technique. Use realistic earth tones- something that reflects the nature of suede in real life.


Cut in all corners:

1.) Trim in corners, ceilings, and molding adjuncts with your trim brush in 36” wide swaths. After you have covered this 3-foot area with appropriate cut-in, continue cutting in the wall and floor areas until the entire wall is finished.

Apply the base coat with a roller:
2.) Use your special finish roller and begin painting vertically from top to bottom of the area you have just prepared with the cut in. After you have filled in the cut-in, revert back to step one until the room is completed.
Note: Your specialty suede finish roller will provide an uneven base coat Do not worry, these irregularities are present in natural suede and your wall will look more realistic.
Let Dry for 4 hours:

3.) After the entire room is prepared with the base coat let dry for at least 4 hours.
Crosshatch pattern application:

4.) Prepare your 3”-3.5” brush with paint and begin a 6” x 6” crosshatch or “x” pattern up and down the wall. Make sure you overlap your strokes in a random pattern. The crosshatching or x pattern is the longest step but will give you an incredible natural-looking sued effect.