Simple Solutions: Half-Painted Wall

published Sep 22, 2015
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It seems like we’re always looking for an easy way to add a little color and contrast into our homes without sacrificing too much money or time. But finding the one color that is the right one for your room can sometimes take more energy than the job itself. The simple solution? Half-painted walls. We’re loving this super easy, personalized, and colorful way to change your home in 24 hours. Still split in two as to how to get started? Here are our two-toned tricks:

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High or Low

Painting your wall with two colors is an easy way to give the illusion of higher or lower ceilings. To add height to a room, a darker shade on the bottom half of the wall will draw the eye up, as the heavier color will really ground the room. If you’re lucky enough to have ultra high walls, switch it up and go top heavy and bold by putting the lighter color below the darker one. This will achieve a cozier, more intimate setting.

Subtlety or Contrast

The key to choosing a half-and-half wall design is determining how bold – or subtle – you prefer the look to be. This trending painting trick allows you to add subtle color to your space without being excessive. By choosing two colors of the same family, your subdued walls will look soft and sophisticated, while not overpowering the room. Looking for a showstopper? Paint your room two contrasting bold shades for instant color blocking. Either direction you take will add dimension and visual interest to the room.

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Neutrals or Brights

The colors you choose for this project will establish the overall ambiance. Choosing a bright, happy color will increase the room’s good vibes, while sticking with a neutral will help to calm the space. If your rental was painted that off-yellow color that’s so popular with landlords these days, half-painted walls are an easy way to make your neutral walls pop. Whether you’re traditionally a Bright Betty or a Neutral Nancy, this is your opportunity to mix it up and figure out the best balance for the room at hand.

Perfection or Imperfection

The style of two-toned painting you choose can be as close to perfect or as imperfect as you’d like. You can forgo the perfect line and create a soft unfinished edge, giving a very eclectic, easygoing feel to the room. Or for those perfectionists (like myself) a perfectly straight line can actually help when arranging artwork to establish a solid focal point.

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Ready to go Dutch?

You’ll Need:
Dutch Boy paints (2 colors)

Woven roller covers and roller frame

Angled paintbrush

Paint tray and liners

Painter’s tape


Tape measure


Drop cloth

Clean, damp cloth


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you’re looking for ways to spruce up your place, but this easygoing Dutch Boy paints weekend makeover is the solution you need. Sometimes it’s the small, simple projects that can make the big differences in a room, and Dutch Boy paints has an endless list of DIYs and gorgeous color selection to help you make those beautiful ‘before & afters’. Dutch Boy paints’ Twist & Pour container is easy to open and easy to pour, so even if this is your first time picking up a brush you’ll easily be able to show off your two-toned transformation.

Check out other awesome projects from Dutch Boy paints that will let you take advantage of a free weekend. Then, let us know in the comments what kind of unfinished walls you plan on creating!