How to paint a two-tone wall

How To Divide A Wall With Two Paint Colors

So you have decided to give your walls a two-tone paint effect, because why settle for one color when you can go for two.

And to be honest, you’ve made the perfect decision to paint your walls with two colors in 2021 because the trend for it is on the rise.

But, the thing is, you are still trying to figure out how you will split the paint on the wall to get those straight and crispy lines.

To divide a wall with two paint colors, choose a point where you want the colors to separate, apply the top color first, mark where the split will go in pencil, apply masking tape along the line, roll on the second paint color and finally peel off the masking tape.

Before You Begin

The key to a beautifully painted room is to make sure that your preparation is done properly from the beginning. So make sure you fill in any holes or indentation with crack filler and then sand that down.

I’m considering that you’ve already decided on the paint colors that you’ll be using, but, in case if you haven’t, to give you a general idea, use the lighter color on the top part of the wall and the darker color on the lower.

You will also need to decide the height where you want the colors to meet on the wall. If you’re confused about it, then I would recommend going with the eye-level height.

Apply the top color first

Start with painting the top part of the wall first.

We do this because if we paint the bottom part of the wall first, then there are pretty high chances of it getting ruined due to dripping paint.

While painting the top part, go slightly over the point where you want to start your bottom color.

Once the first coat has dried, apply a second coat of paint if required.

Mark the dividing line

You’ll need to mark a temporary line on the wall (using a pencil or chalk) so that it divides it into two parts.

This line will work as a guide for applying the masking tape in a perfectly straight manner.

There are many different techniques for marking a dividing line on the wall that you can use for painting two colors on one wall.

The two that we’ll be talking about in this article are as follows.

Using a level

Two-Tone Wall Painting Using a Level

If you’re not aware of what a level is, it is a device that is used to determine whether a surface is horizontal or not.

Use a level to go from one side of the wall to the other while marking the line using a pencil.

You just need to be sure that the bubble is exactly centered on that level to get a perfectly straight line.

You can buy a level for as low as $12 and, this can be easily found at any hardware store around you.

Using a string

Two-Tone Wall Painting Using Chalk & String

If you don’t like the idea of using a level tool, then you can always go old-school and use a string.

To mark a dividing line using a string, first of all, take a piece of string that is equal to the length of your wall.

Rub this piece of string with some chalk.

Stick both the edges of the string to the corners of the wall, at the same height, so that the string is running across the wall horizontally.

Now ping the string to leave a chalk line on the wall.

Apply masking tape

Now that you have your dividing line ready, you can go ahead with the application of masking tape.

For the tape, we’d recommend you to go with Frog Tape’s ‘Delicate Surface’ as it works really well on freshly painted surfaces.

There’s another good reason for using this tape, which we’ll talk about in the next section.

Start applying the tape on the wall, going from one side towards the other, following the dividing line you’ve just drawn.

Seal the bottom of the masking tape

Now the other good reason for which we’ve recommended the above tape is that it has paint block technology, which gets activated by the latex in the paint.

But why do we need this technology?

Well, it’s quite possible that the edges of your tape are not completely secure and has some tiny grooves from where the second color could bleed in, especially if your wall is textured.

This is where this technology comes in handy and allows us to get that super crisp line between the two colors.

So, to seal the bottom portion of the tape, simply take the paint color that you’ve used for the top part of the wall and apply it over the tape using a brush.

Let this paint dry before moving on. It shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes for it to dry.

Roll on the second paint color

You can now go ahead with painting the bottom part of the wall with the second color.

While painting the bottom part, you need to keep in mind that you have to go over the taped line so that you don’t miss any spots.

But you also need to be careful enough that you don’t go past the top of the tape line into the top color.

Peel off the masking tape

Finally, as soon as your second color is on, you don’t need to wait for the paint to dry.

Take off the masking tape while the paint is still wet, as this helps prevent the tape from taking off any other paint on the wall.

At this point, you should be able to see that super crisp line that separates your wall with two colors.

But, in case, you see any imperfections, you can fix them using an art brush, although if you follow the above instructions, this is highly unlikely to happen.

Dividing Vertically

Although, the most common way of painting a two-tone wall is by dividing it horizontally. But not all rooms and walls are the same.

You might find that dividing your wall ‘vertically’ makes much more sense and works the best for your room.

To divide a wall with two paint colors vertically, choose a point on the wall where you want the two colors to meet, apply the first color which goes past that point, mark a vertical dividing line with a pencil or chalk, apply masking tape following that line, apply the second color on the remaining part of the wall and finally take off the tape.

Video Tutorial

I am planning to bring you a detailed video of practically implementing the above techniques and showing it to you on our YouTube channel shortly.

For now, you can watch this video as they have also used the same techniques which will give you a better idea.

That’s a wrap!

Congratulations! You have now learned the art of painting a two-tone wall successfully.

So go ahead, try this out by experimenting with different color combinations and styles, for example, dividing vertically or even diagonally. And let us know how it turns out for you.

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