Color Idea: half painted walls

Today I leave you a little inspiration in colors and walls (and also a possible diy idea for September): the half painted walls! It is a way of painting the walls that I like very much, perhaps it is because they have a vintage flavor that reminds me of old school classes or old taverns.

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But mostly I find them perfect for giving a hint of color to a room without letting the color become predominant and leaving space to white (which is always my favorite color for the walls). They can also highlight a piece of furniture by creating a sort of scenery that emphasize its shape or beauty or they can also be used to highlight the function of a corner of the room (for example, the studio area in a kid bedroom, or the “half color” of the wall can become the bed headboard).

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In short,they are perfect for any room and, if you also paint doors and furniture, the continuity effect and tromp-oeil effect will be beautiful!

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The color combinations and variations are many: you can take a meter and draw a straight line between the two colors or go for a blurred or jagged border; you can color the wall up to about one meter or continue higher (to resize a wall that is too high or, in the contrary, to give an effect of great height if the wall is normal). Also the color combinations are many, from a dark color in contrast to the white wall (my favorite effect) to pastel colors combination.

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In short, you can have fun creating your perfect wall!

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Comments

    • It should be around 1 meter. If you are painting the wall behind your bed, it should be a bit higher than the headboard. 🙂

  1. I was thinking of painting my kitchen walls a deep color .and top wall white . I don’t have a backsplash but what height ? Top of base cabinet , bottom of top cabinets or in between?

    • Hello Susan, yes I think it is a good idea to paint the kitchen with a deep color at the bottom and white at the top. I like your idea to paint the kitchen with a deep color till the base of top cabinet but only if your kitchen is not too small and really bright with natural light or if the kitchen is white. If it is not the case, use the deep color till the bottom of lower cabinets and then you can paint the backsplash with a waterproof paint in the same color but a lighter shade. I will avoid the “in between” option 🙂

  2. I have a narrow hallway… my plan is to paint the lower half a light grey and leave top white with matt black switches etc and black frames… Do you think having the grey up to approx 1300mm H will work in such a narrow hallway, I feel it will be more modern and didn’t want a standard 1000mm H

    • Hello Debs, I love the idea of painting the lower half a light grey and with matt black switched, super modern. Yes, since you are using a light grey I think 1300 mm will work well. I you decide to use a medium or darker grey, I will go for 1100 or 1200 mm max (another the hallway will appear even narrower.
      Let me know the final result!

  3. Hi Mariana thank you for the inspiration. I’m painting my living room and dining room a medium gray. I choose naval blue as an accent color so I’m going to do a half wall. I read you said to do it at about a meter height but I’m wondering if it would look weird not to do the same walls as the accent wall. I know I’m the end it’s what I like I just wanted a second opinion.

    • It depends how high are the ceilings. If the ceiling is not high, I would recommend the contrary, white at the top and blue at the bottom. Let me know!

  4. Loving the half accent wall. We are currently painting my bedroom in a light/slightly blue undertone grey. Will it look good to have a half accent wall with the grey on the bottom & white on top, while the rest of the room is the same grey colour?. It will be the wall behind my bed, but there is a window offset on the left hand side of the wall. Will having the bed & window make it look excessive?

    • I would rather choose one of these 3 options:
      – all four walls with the half accent;
      – the wall behind the bed with the half part below blue (darker than the light blue you are choosing) and the rest of the walls in the light blue tone.
      – no accent wall but simply the three walls in the shade you chose and the wall behind the bed in a darker shade of the same blue.
      Hope this would help you.

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  7. Hello! We are doing a half wall in our breakfast nook!

    We had some bleeding into the upper half of the wall! What is the way to make sure it a clean straight line with no bleeding!

  8. Are there any specific techniques or paint types for the watercolor looking half wall? Love that one and thinking about it for the bathroom!

  9. I have low ceilings, and I’m in a 2 bedroom ground floor flat. I want to do half walls, in my living room in a sage (bottom) , and white (top). I’m not sure what height to take the sage up to, to make the room seem bigger? Also should I do just one as a feature and the other 3 just white.

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