Why paint a wall halfway up, in two-color mode?Painting the base of a wall is a technique usually used in stairwells to not only reduce the effect of height, but also to protect the bottom of walls from fingerprints and other snags. In our interiors, painting only part of the wall makes it possible to widen a room, to give an impression of depth, without crushing and breaking the balance. In a child's bedroom, a two-tone wall brings a modern and playful touch that will certainly appeal to the little ones. Tip: the two-color wall works equally well on the 4 walls of a room, as on a single wall. Also think about your headboard which can be raised with this touch of color.
Even more original, let see the strokes at the border between the two colors.
How high to paint to create a two-tone wall?As a rule, a base is painted on the first third of the wall. For example, for a standard ceiling height of 2.60m, you measure 86cm, which corresponds to the height of a worktop. The idea is also to play with the height of the elements present in the room: furniture, table, sofa window, radiator ... In order to enhance them. But the rules are made to be broken, and especially in decoration, right? You can just as easily choose to paint your wall two-thirds to wink at the height of the ceiling. Another option: paint only a quarter of the wall. A choice all the more subtle if you choose two neighboring colors like dark blue and Klein blue. In this case, choose the darkest color for the bottom quarter. Note: the higher the base, the smaller the room will appear. Conversely, the lower it is, the more it will feel like the room is large.
This sideboard is one with the two-tone wall for a discreet and design effect.
What colors should you choose to paint a base?On a two-tone wall, color matching is essential for a combination of the best effect. If you want a base of a sustained color, opt for white above, or even a creamy white or a velvety beige. On the other hand if you prefer to apply a soft color you can very well associate two different color tones: gray and green, gray and blue, pink and yellow… Also think about the finish of your paint: matte, shiny or satin, which undeniably impacts the final effect! Advice: make a reminder of the color of your base in the rest of your decor with a table, a cushion or a frame for example.
In the nursery, the two-tone gray and white wall creates an adorable cocoon effect.
How to paint a wall halfway up?Before you start body and soul in your painting workshop, follow a few steps for an optimal result: 1- Protect your floor 2- Clean the wall you are going to paint 3- Apply an undercoat if necessary 4- Test the color on a small piece of wall 5- Draw in pencil a line that will mark the limit of your future base 6- Apply masking tape over it 7- Apply two coats of paint and allow to dry 8- Carefully remove the adhesive and admire! Tip: don't hesitate to paint the doors and built-in cupboards that are on your way for an even more sophisticated effect.
We give you the basics but it's up to you to appropriate them!