A two-toned paint effect is a clever interior decorating trick for adding instant impact to any space.

Create impact with a two-toned paint effect

Two-toned wall decor can give any space a whole new look.

If you’ve narrowed down the colour scheme of your wall decor to two similar shades but can’t quite pick between them, why not try pairing them together and creating a two-toned paint effect? This interior design look is inspired by horizontal moulding, such as dado (chair) rails, but there's no need for special architectural detailing to achieve this effect in your home.

The traditional interior decorating approach is to paint the top half of the room a lighter colour than the lower half. This makes the ceilings appear higher and will completely change the room decor look. Use a spirit level and a pencil to mark out a straight line about one third of the way up the wall, and tape off the divide with masking tape. We recommend painting the lighter colour first, so if there are any drips they’ll be easier to cover up when you paint the lower half of the room.