How to Paint a Room & Contrast Color for One Wall

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Painting is the quickest way to completely transform any room or any house. A little color can go a very long way. A popular recent trend is painting a contrasting wall. This adds depth, drama and an interesting focal point to the room. When doing this method of painting, try to use a larger room that already has a focal point such as a fireplace or large piece of art.

Bright contrasting wall.
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Things You'll Need

  • Painter's tape, 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide
  • Paint rollers
  • Primer
  • Neutral or light wall color
  • Contrasting color
  • Optional for rooms with a striped wall:
  • Contrasting color (flat)
  • Contrasting color (high gloss)
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
Step 1

Tape all the edges of the wall with painter's tape, including the floor and the ceiling.

Tape off walls, floors and ceilings.
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Step 2

Prime the walls with a regular primer, using a roller. It is especially important to prime the wall that will have the darker, contrasting color so the color will take easier to the wall.

Prime walls  first.
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Step 3

Paint the walls the color of your choice. It's best to go with either a neutral color or a much lighter shade of the contrasting color. For example, if the contrasting wall will be dark red, the other walls should be a medium shade cream or beige. If the contrasting wall will be dark sage, the other walls should be a light green.

A light green wall will contrast dark sage very well
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Step 4

Allow 24 hours for the color to dry.

Wait 24 hours for paint to dry.
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Step 5

Tape the corners of the "normal" walls so the contrasting color will not leak through.

Tape off the corners of each wall
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Step 6

Paint the contrasting color onto the wall. Several coats may be needed. Allow 24 hours between each coat (for dark colors such as red, four to six coats will be needed to get the desired color).

Red paint can take four to six coats for the perfect finish
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Step 7

Remove all tape, and enjoy the new room.

Enjoy your lovely room
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Step 1

Tape all the edges of the walls as usual.

Tape all the edges of the walls using painter's tape
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Step 2

Prime all the walls with a regular primer. Paint the entire room the same flat color. Allow 24 hours to dry.

Prime walls with a regular primer
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Step 3

Measure the length that you would like each stripe to be (1 to 1 1/2 ft. works well). Mark a tiny dot with a pencil at each point. Apply tape from the ceiling to the floor directly on each pencil marking.

Apply tape from the ceiling to the floor directly on each pencil marking
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Step 4

Mark every other space with the pencil. Those will be spaces to paint.

Mark every other space with the pencil
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Step 5

Paint the marked spaces with the same color as the walls but in a high-gloss paint. Remove the tape. The wall will have unique and elegant painted stripes.

Paint the marked space with the same color as the walls but in a high-gloss paint
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Tips & Warnings

  • Taping the ceiling is extremely important when using a dark color. It will create a perfect straight edge between the wall and the ceiling. Without taping the ceiling, the color from the wall will look jagged and sloppy.
  • Remember to paint the walls using a "W" shape. This will help saturate the wall and even the color out.
  • For a tutorial on wall stripes, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oIblNDh-zs&feature=related

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