The Best way to Make a Glitter Wall

Updated May 8, 2024 | Posted May 3, 2020 | Professional insight, Miscellaneous, Product Advice | 2 comments

Glitter walls can look stunning in the right setting. Whether you’re decorating the inside of a salon and want to make an impactful feature. Adding subtle sparkle to a dressing room. Or even making a feature for a child’s bedroom.

In the blog, I’m going to talk about the best ways to make a glitter wall. There are different methods (which I’ll guide you through now), each giving you different results.


Using Glitter wallpaper


Glitter wallpaper can be very dramatic and will look awesome in the right place!! You can basically have a big block of “in your face” glitter spanning a whole wall. A bright pink paper with a lot of shine will be a big statement in a little girl’s bedroom, but this type of paper looks good in all sorts of room. If you want something like this it may be worth looking at Glitter Bug paper, which will give you the dramatic effect you want. It does take a skilled pair of hands to install Glitter Bug paper and it can be tricky.

Take care not to get any paste on the decorative side of the paper as it doesn’t wipe off very easily. Better yet, ask a decorator to install it for you. Glitter Bug is basically glitter on a heavy fabric, you apply it to the wall, then overlap and splice. Joints can sometimes show as well. There are a couple of pictures below. There are other brands of glitter wallpaper which are “butt joints”, so a lot easier to hang. Click here to see a selection. Make sure you read the reviews before buying a heavily glittered wallpaper. Some can show every join and look awful. You must be very clean when you work and do not over-handle the paper.
glitterbug wallpaper on a feature wall

Or, you can go for something a little bit more subtle and contemporary, maybe a light grey paper with a silver sparkle in an elegant dining room to add a little bit of glitz in a stylish way. Or even a patterned paper with glitter. There are loads to choose from online. Click here to see current prices and selection.


Adding Glitter to your Paint to Create a Glitter Wall

valspar glitter to add to paint

This one is an extremely easy method and it’s something I do regularly. The last time I added glitter to paint was for a lady’s dressing room and it looked mint. The time before that was for my daughter’s bedroom. All you need to do is choose your glitter additive online by clicking here and add it to your emulsion. You’re supposed to add one packet of glitter for every litre of emulsion, but it’s just a case of tipping it in, mixing it up and painting as normal. It does suit acrylic eggshell paint over matt and there are plenty of trade paint options at the Decorating Centre online. Another tip is to only add your glitter to the final coat.

Oh, and just because the guidelines tell you to add 1 packet of glitter for every litre of paint doesn’t mean you can’t add extra. We all love a bit of bling and the more dramatic the better!!

Using Glitter Glaze Over Paint


Glitter glaze is another option. You decorate your room as normal, then just paint glitter glaze over the top. Dead easy to use, but doesn’t look very good!! One to avoid sorry. You can see brush and roller marks in it and the glitter won’t be very even. You could use it on furniture and get a good effect. Leave it off your walls though.


Using Silk Plaster


Silk plaster is a remarkably interesting option. It is massive in Europe but only just starting to become popular in Britain. It is made up of natural fibers (cotton) and glue. All you do is add the different colours of fiber, add water, allow to soak, then apply to your wall with a plastic trowel. Silk plaster can be a real talking point in your home.

There are a couple of different suppliers to look at. If you’re in Ireland head over to Glitter Walls Direct by CLICKING HERE or call Gareth on 053858493230. Gareth not only supplies silk plaster products, but he also installs them.

Or for England, Scotland and wales you should contact Silk Plaster UK ltd by CLICKING HERE. If you need any guidance you can always contact them by phone on 07951736212

silk plaster feature wall



What roller is best for glitter paint?

Choosing the best paint roller can make all the difference when painting. I’d recommend going to a medium pile microfibre roller when applying glitter paint. That way you can ensure an even coat without orange peel.


Can you put normal glitter in paint?

You may as well just buy Valspar glitter for the sake of it. It’s designed for use in paint and there is even a guide to help you add the right amount.


How do you seal a glitter wall?

It depends on what sort of glitter wall, but I’d recommend looking at Polyvine Decorators Varnish. This is a clear varnish designed to be applied over a painted or wallpaper surface to add protection.


What adds sparkle to paint?

Adding Valspar glitter to paint will make it sparkle.


Why is my glitter paint patchy?

This could be down to a couple of things. It might be that the glitter hasn’t been mixed properly before you apply the paint, so it isn’t even on your wall. The other issue might be rapid drying times. Try and keep a ‘wet edge’ as you work or add a paint conditioner.


How much glitter do I add to wall paint?

Valspar recommend adding 1 pouch to every 1 litre of paint, but I find you can add more than that to make it really pop! Another tip is to only add it to the final coat of paint.


Final Thoughts


I hope this blog has helped you. Creating a glitter wall isn’t too complicated, and it’s certainly something you can have a go at yourself. I’ve done loads over the years. Everything from glitter ceilings which sparkle as the sun comes through the window, to kid’s bedrooms, to salons and everything in between.

The easiest option is to simply add Valspar glitter to your paint, but wallpaper and Silk Plaster can be very dramatic and look stunning once complete.

This blog was written by Mike Cupit, a Professional Decorator of over 20 years and owner of Decorators Forum UK.

Updated May 8, 2024 | Posted May 3, 2020 | 2 comments

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.


  1. Michelle

    Plerase help. Looks like dried paste marks on my new glitter wallpaper. Can anyone recommend how i can remove without raking glitter off walls. Praying someone can advise

  2. Wendy Ball

    Just wondering how easy/hard the glitter paint is to cover when you redecorate?!
    We had a loft conversion and when our bedroom was plastered there were no edges to the ceiling, the walls and ceiling are all one if that makes any sense?
    So whatever we paint it with it goes straight from the walls into the ceiling.
    I would like to paint our bedroom a shimmery white (or ivory) but I don’t want big glitter flakes. Don’t really want it silver/gold or any colour in it, just a shimmer.
    I think the glitter paints I’ve seen so far look too chunky and I’m also concerned that it may be difficult to get rid of in the future when we want to change it!
    Any ideas please?!


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