It's like color by numbers.
If only everything were that easy right? In an earlier post, we shared our guide to help you on what paint finish to select for what room. We got a lot more questions regarding and finishes and colors that we thought it might help to do another paint post.
Typically we like sticking to painting an entire wall one color. However, some of you like a two-tone traditional feel, but are a little lost on what colors to choose, what color goes where, and which shade is best.
Having a two tone wall will also help those of you who recently were affected by the flood in South Louisiana. Having to rip out half of the sheetrock and then repair it, can relate. Painting the newer sheetrock, or covering it with one of the treatments will help hide the non perfect match, and here's how.
DESIGNER TIP: When painting a room two different colors on the SAME wall, use the lighter color on top, and the darker color on bottom. Here's why.
You want the most amount of light reflection in a room as possible. (Unless you are a vampire) Having a lighter color closer to light sources like fixtures, windows, doors, lamps, etc. is going to allow for more reflection.
You want the darker color on bottom because it is going to be closer to a higher traffic zone. Think about it, your hands, feet, furniture, you brush up against the wall etc. So the darker the color, the more it will help hide.
If you are going with the two-tone look, we recommend separating the colors with a bright high contrasting color between the two. This will help break up the colors of the room and make a distinct differentiation between them. More formal and traditional rooms may opt for a chair rail or wainscoting (bead board) at the bottom.
So when going for that two-tone vibe, always remember to LIGHTEN UP! (Lighter color on top, darker on bottom) See how these rooms below got the look with light on top and dark on bottom and how wainscoting can get you that same feel.
We look forward to helping you with any tone you are trying to achieve in your home. If you want to lighten up or darken down any room, let us know how we can help. Send us your before and afters to be featured on the site!