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How to Paint Two-tone Walls

the trick to two tone wall paint

The Trick to Two-tone Wall Paint

You may have seen two-tone wall paint in homes that have horizontal molding, but you don’t need horizontal molding to get a great DIY two-toned accent wall! Two-tone wall paint is a great way to get creative in your home without feeling like you’re going overboard. It’s also a great excuse to not have to choose between your two favorite paint colors!

Two-tone Wall Color Ideas

There are a variety of ways to apply two-tone wall paint. The most common application is dividing the wall horizontally and painting the top and bottom two different colors. You could choose one color in two shades for a monochromatic effect like our J.L. Hudson paired with Paris of the Midwest. Or, choose two totally contrasting colors, like Edna’s Noble White and Black Bottom Blue.

If you are painting a room with low ceilings, using a lighter color on top may help your room to appear more spacious. Some people divide their walls into thirds, instead of equal halves, to add some extra dimension. If you’re feeling especially creative, you could try painting with stencils or creating your own shapes and patterns with masking tape.

Gather Your Materials

Painting a two-tone wall is not much different from painting any regular accent wall. However, you’ll just need a few extra materials to help guide you through your project. In addition to your paint, brushesrollers, drop cloth, and paint trays, you’ll also need:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil
  • String
  • Chalk
  • Frog Tape

If you have textured walls, you may also need some glue to help seal your tape to avoid bleeding paint.

How to Paint a Straight Line

One of the biggest concerns with DIY painting a two-tone wall is getting a perfectly straight line, especially if you don’t have horizontal molding already there to divide your wall. Before you start painting, measure and mark with a pencil the height of where you want the line on your wall. You can mark several dots across your wall to act as a guideline while you paint.

After you’ve marked your wall, it’s time to begin painting. Start with the lighter color, as it’s easier to paint over a lighter color with dark paint than it is the other way around. It’s okay if you paint a little over your pencil markings, but there is no need to paint too far into the other color’s territory. Wait for your paint to dry and paint on the second coat if necessary. Once you’ve finished painting make sure your paint is completely dry before continuing on to the next color.

Before you start painting with your second color, you want to make sure your line is completely straight. If you’ve painted over all your pencil markings, re-measure and mark them across the wall. Take your chalk and run it over the string. Then, line the string up across your pencil markings and press it against the wall. If your measurements are correct, the imprint should be a perfectly straight line!

Put frog tape up against your chalk line and start painting the other half of your wall with your second color.

Wait for Paint to Dry

It is vital to wait until your paint is dry before removing tape or adding fixtures and other hardware back onto your walls. If you remove the tape before your paint is completely dry, it can cause bleeding and mess up your straight line. Adding fixtures back onto a wet wall can also affect the way the paint dries and damage your fixtures or distort your paint job.

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