When faced with the endless number of paint color options (there are so many beyond ROYGBIV), it can feel impossible to choose a single shade. Well, maybe you don't actually have to.
Pulling inspiration from minimal Scandinavian design, DIY content producer Trisha Sprouse decided to showcase how using two contrasting paint colors can create an impactful-yet-playful design with a fun half-wall feature in her twins' bedroom.
"Ever since we got rid of their cribs, I've been meaning to give their room a refresh, but I always had trouble picking a theme because I didn't want it to skew too masculine or feminine," Sprouse says. "When I saw the Riverdale color on the Behr® Express website, I thought it was the perfect neutral color that could also infuse a lot of charm and whimsy into the space when paired with the right accessories." And with that, she got down to business.
Keep scrolling for the step-by-step instructions on how Sprouse gave her children's room a neutral-yet-sweet makeover.
Supplies you'll need
Before diving in, you'll need to gather the essentials, like the Behr Express kit — a five-piece painting kit that includes a metal tray, tray liner, roller frame, shed-resistant 3/8-inch nap roller cover, and a two-inch thin angled sash nylon and polyester brush.
You may also need:
- Drop cloth
- Paint sticks
- Putty knife
- Tape measure
- Two-foot level
- Painter's tape
Step 1: Pick Your Colors
To figure out which Behr Ultra Interior Paint color she wanted to go with, Sprouse ordered BEHR peel-and-stick paint samples, which are simple to apply and remove, to decide which colors looked best in the space.
Pro tip from Sprouse: "For a half wall, choose a lighter color for the top half and a darker color for the bottom half — it makes the ceilings look higher."
Step 2: Order your paint
Once you've tested out some peel-and-stick samples, place your order on the Behr Express site, and have your paint and supplies conveniently delivered right to your doorstep.
Step 3: Prep the walls
Before you get down to painting, Sprouse suggests cleaning any dust or cobwebs from the corners of the room.
Fill any holes with spackle, and smooth out with a putty knife. Once dry, sand lightly and wipe away any dust.
Step 4: Tape off trim and ceiling
Tape off the trim and ceiling areas with painter's tape. Press firmly to ensure paint does not seep under the tape.
Pro tip from Sprouse: "Don't forget to lay a drop cloth down to protect your floors and furniture."
Step 5: Mark where the colors will meet
Use a tape measure to decide where the two paint colors will meet on the wall, and mark the measurement (Sprouse decided on 40 inches) at regular intervals along the walls.
Pro tip from Sprouse: "Avoid having the colors meet at the exact center of the wall, as it makes the colors compete visually. It's more pleasing to the eye to have a slightly asymmetrical placement."
Use a level to connect the marks and draw a line that is completely level.
Step 6: Cut in around top half of wall
Now that you're ready to start painting, stir the paint with a paint stick, then dip an angled brush into the can. Paint along the taped areas to create a border around the top half of the wall. Clean the brush when done.
Step 7: Roll paint onto top half
Remove the cap on top of the paint can by turning it counter-clockwise, and attach the pour spout by turning it clockwise. Pour paint into the paint tray.
Dip the roller into the paint, and roll it over the tray to remove any excess. Roll the paint onto the walls in a "W" motion to ensure even distribution — bringing the paint slightly below the line you drew. Then, Sprouse says to wait one to two hours, and re-coat once dry. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
Step 8: Tape off bottom half of wall
Just as in step five, use a tape measure to mark where the colors will meet on the wall again, and mark the distance at regular intervals.
Use a two-foot level to connect the marks with a pencil.
Adhere painter's tape along the line, pressing firmly to ensure no paint seeps under it.
Step 9: Cut in around bottom half of wall
Open the second paint color, and stir it up with a paint stick. Dip a clean angled brush into the paint, and paint along the taped areas on the bottom half of the wall.
Step 10: Roll paint onto bottom half
Pour the second color into a clean liner tray, dip the roller into the paint, and roll paint onto the bottom half of the walls in a "W" motion. Just like the top half, Sprouse recommends waiting one to two hours, and then re-coating when dry.
Step 11: The big reveal
While the paint is still wet, remove the tape around the trim and along the line dividing the two colors. And voila — Sprouse's finished twins' room gives off those airy, neutral vibes she was aiming for, while easily passing for bedroom inspo on Instagram.