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How to Pull Off Two-Toned Walls

One of the simplest and least expensive ways to add a little color and personality to your home is through a fresh coat of paint. Simply choose a color and create your masterpiece. Even if you find that the color you chose was not what you expected, you can always start back at square one. Even better, there are all sorts of painting techniques – including accent walls, stencils, texturizing and more.

two tone wall design ideas How to Pull Off Two Toned Walls
Two tone wall design ideas

by Jorge Castillo Design

In order to add a bit of variety, some homeowners choose to paint only the top half of the room and install wainscoting below the chair rail. However, another less used option is the two-toned wall. This technique is achieved by painting the area below the chair rail a completely different hue that the color above the chair rail. Some people fear that by attempting the two-toned wall style, they will create an unattractive, clashing look. To ensure aesthetically pleasing two-toned walls, consider the following:

1) Firstly, consider neutrals. Although this may seem somewhat boring, neutral shades open up the door for a whole host of options and allow you to add more wall decor without cluttering the space. These sorts of colors add dimension to the room without dominating the design.

teenage room with two tone neutral colored wall How to Pull Off Two Toned Walls
Teenage room with two-tone neutral colored wall

by Shagreene

2) Secondly, consider putting the lighter of the two colors on top as this will heighten the ceilings. This is not a steadfast rule, however. Depending on the size and shape of the room, you may find that a lighter color on the bottom half is more attractive.

Two tone wall in the dining room with beige and red

by Dona Rosene Interiors / Photography by Robert Peacock

3) Thirdly, experiment with different shades of the same color. For example, a navy blue on the bottom half of the wall could look beautiful when contrasted with a light blue on top. Additionally, a chocolate brown paired with a warm taupe can give any room a cozier feel.

Two tone colored living room with green and white

by Bud Dietrich, AIA

Of course, before you settle on your two tones, be sure to mix and match various swatches. Test out various shades until you find the colors that best suit your taste.

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