Color Blocking Your Walls For A
Quick Room Makeover

Color blocking is a neat trick to create some visual interest without painting an entire wall. You introduce a coordinating color by masking out an area on the wall and painting within it.

Imagine a band of red running horizontally
or vertically down a white wall.

It can span the entire wall or it can float on the wall as a focal point and unique backdrop for artwork. You can place one on a colored wall too. Make sure the colors complement each other or pick another shade or finish for a classy, custom look.

Color blocking projects may seem best suited for rooms or homes with a contemporary or modern edge, but can actually work with practically any design style. Check out some of the completed projects below and perhaps they will spark some ideas for your home.

Silver Color Block

Silver Color Blocking

The silver block of this motorcycle themed office spans the entire length of the room. It is on the main wall you see when you enter the room and it connects two flat black accent walls. The silver background for the horizontally placed artwork elevates the modern, industrial feel we were trying to achieve in this space.

Besides providing an interesting background for the black framed artwork, it creates a break between the wall and the angle of the ceiling, and unifies the space between the accent walls.

Bathroom Color Block

I love the look and feel of this half bath. This proves how easy it is to elevate the grandeur of a small space. This room not only uses the blocking technique, but it also has an accent wall of the same color to which it connects.

Bathroom Accent Wall

The color for both the accent wall and block were pulled from the matting of the artwork. Notice how nicely the black frames of the artwork and mirror stand out and create cohesion in the space.

The use of an over-sized mirror on the focal wall really adds some drama to this room and helps create depth in a small area. A good trick to remember.

Do you have an area that would benefit from a color block?

Kitchen Wall Art

The area behind this wall art is a great location for one. The opposite wall in this room is an accent wall in flat black. Placing a vertical block of flat black behind this artwork would create additional cohesion in the space by introducing flat black to this side of the room.

This vertical element would also accentuate the height of the room by drawing your eye upward and provide a bold background for the artwork.

Ready to Color Block yet?

  • This is a relatively easy project. You need good quality painter's tape such as Frog Tape or ScotchBlue. Consider buying a wider width tape if possible. You will have less chance of painting over the tape onto the other wall color.

  • Use a level, a laser-level or a yardstick to block your tape in straight lines and be sure to adhere your tape well to avoid paint bleeding beneath it.

  • Use a smaller roller for painting along the edge of the tape for greater control and neatness.

  • Allow the paint to dry fully between coats if a second is required.

  • Remove tape before paint fully dries if possible. This will reduce or inhibit paint peeling with the tape removal.

Tip: If you are placing a color block on a wall that was recently painted, wait at least the recommended number of days for full curing. I would wait at least a week before doing this project. This is just a precaution to minimize any possibility of the wall paint pulling up with the tape. The tape is designed to inhibit this but you can never be too careful.

This type of wall design looks best with precision and patience. You want a clean, sharp edge or line between the block and the wall once the tape has been removed.

Frugal Tip Use leftover paint that complements the room rather than purchasing new paint. If you will be masking other rooms in the future for accent walls, color blocks or painting trim, consider buying the more economical bulk packages of painter's tape.

Remember, color blocks don't have to span from wall to wall or from floor to ceiling. You can float them on the wall as a background for a picture. Creativity rules. Each application will be based on your needs and your room's layout and design. Do what fits your theme best.

If you are just getting started and need to paint your wall's base color, review my Painting a Room guide.

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