Try this subtle paint effect to add interest in your home
1. Painting the top segment of your walls white can help make ceilings appear higher. This extension of the ceiling will open up the space and stop dark-coloured walls from looking overpowering, which is a particularly handy trick in newer properties that don’t benefit from generous Victorian-style high ceilings.
2. To create a straight line around the room, you can use a chalk line to guide your painting. This can be done by measuring and marking the height of your line at several points along the wall, then using a chalk reel (a device containing string pre-coated in chalk) to mark out the line between the points. Remember to pull the string taut to ensure a straight line is left on the wall.
3. Alternatively, a laser level can be used to the same effect. This device needs to be mounted onto a sturdy tripod and switched on to project a straight line onto the wall. Use this line as a rough guide to paint your top section, then add masking tape to follow the line to mark out where you’ll need to begin painting the bottom section.
4. Always start by painting the top segment of the wall first. Don’t worry about going over the line too much when applying your top colour, as this will later be covered up by the second paint shade. Remember to allow the top section to dry thoroughly before applying masking tape and the second colour. Remove the masking tape straight away to avoid tearing the fresh paint. Step back and admire your crisp new line!
Feature and styling by Cassie Pryce / photo by Simon Whitmore