How to paint a wall with a roller: pro tips and techniques

Painter painting wall white with a roller on extension pole
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Knowing how to paint a wall with a roller is the quickest way to apply a fresh coat of paint. It’s 10 times faster than using an emulsion brush — plus, you won't have any ugly, unwanted brush marks and you won’t use as much paint.

When painting a wall you will need the assistance of a paint brush to get you started around the edges. But once you get your roller out you can blend the edges to create a smooth, seamless, even finish on your walls. 

Here we run through the painting process and give you some invaluable tips for a great job.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.