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Accent Wall DIY with Emerald and Black | Behr

Colour block wall
Jenna LaFevor / rain on a tin roof
Jenna designer stories
CREATE A BOLD ACCENT WALL TO ADD INTEREST TO A SPACE
ADD A BOLD PUNCH OF COLOUR

Sometimes a continuous wall colour in a room can make it feel a little blah. Every once in a while, you just need a bold punch of colour to liven up a space! This colour block wall will do just that with very little effort.

TIME
BUDGET
COMPLEXITY
BEHR colour palette
Sparkling Emerald

Sparkling Emerald
P430-7

Colour Details

To start with, you’ll want to choose what paint colours you want to use. To do this, I painted samples of various shades on my wall.

I knew I wanted black to be on the wall for sure. For that reason, I painted a sample in the middle of the wall, then painted samples of other colours around it. In the end, I went with Black and Sparkling Emerald.

Start with the lighter shade of paint you are using and pour it into the paint tray. Using a good paintbrush, brush the paint along all the edges of the wall first. After painting around the trim and edges, roll the paint onto the walls with your roller.

 

After letting the first paint colour dry for at least 24 hours, use a measuring tape and measure over on the wall how far you want your second colour of paint to come. This can be any measurement of your choosing. I opted to bring in my second colour a little more than halfway over on the wall at 36”. Make multiple marks with a pencil along the wall at the measurement of your choosing.

Using a long level, place it along the marks you made on the wall and draw a line vertically along the level to connect the marks. Using delicate surface painter’s tape (because your paint job is so fresh), run a strip of tape right along the line you just drew. Be sure to firmly press your fingers along the edges of the tape to seal it and prevent paint bleed.

I knew I wanted black to be on the wall for sure. For that reason, I painted a sample of Limousine Leather in the middle of the wall, then painted samples of other colors around it. In the end, I went with Limousine Leather and Sparkling Emerald.”
WHAT YOU NEED
"Once you have your paint picked out (which is over half the battle) it's quick and easy to get that colour up on the walls!"
SHOPPING LIST
  • paint
  • Rollers
  • Angled Brushes
  • Painter's Tape
  • Paint Tray
  • Drop Cloth

Pour your other paint colour into the tray. Once more, use your paintbrush to paint along the trim and edges of the wall first. Then, roll your paint colour onto the wall, making sure to not go past your tape line onto the previous colour you just painted on.

BEHR colour palette
Sparkling Emerald

Sparkling Emerald
P430-7

Colour Details

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"Sometimes the continuous wall colour in a room makes it feel a little blah."

"Every once in a while, you just need a bold punch of colour to liven up a space. This colour block wall will do just that with very little effort."

THE BIG REVEAL
BEHR colour palette
Sparkling Emerald

Sparkling Emerald
P430-7

Colour Details

Repeat another coat or more as needed. Immediately remove the painter’s tape after you apply the final coat of paint. Let the paint fully dry before decorating the wall. After the wall is dry, accessorize as you wish!

Do you have any walls that could use a little effort accent wall with a big punch?

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