Which half of a wall should be painted the darkest color, the top half or bottom?
By Kathy from OK
If you want the ceiling to look higher, light on top, and vice versa. If either color is close to or matches the floor color, put that one on the bottom because it will make the room look bigger.
It really depends on how much difference there is in your colors to me, but I totally agree with Omanana on the other points.
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My foyer and den which have approximately 20 foot walls. I would like to paint, but I want to divide the room in half top to bottom. Any ideas on using different shades of paint, borders, etc.?
Gilberto Gomez from El Paso, TX
I just saw a picture in a Menard's ad. The room was painted one color on top and another color on the bottom. They had molding down the center. Then they used molding to make squares along the bottom half of the room. It looked really nice. It was in this week's Menard's ad if you want to see it. (01/10/2006)
In a few of my rooms I have one color on the bottom and then at about chair rail height a border and then I finish with a lighter shade of the same color. You could also put up a chair rail to divide the colors, and it would be optional if you wanted wallpaper border as well. Just have fun playing around with it. (01/10/2006)
Go to a paint store and find a swatch in the colors you like. Paint one end of the room a slightly darker shade, the opposite end the darkest shade and all of the other walls the lightest shade.
Since they are color coordinated from the beginning, they will be harmonious. (01/11/2006)