Color Block Wall, before and after
Jenna LaFevor portrait

Color Block Wall

Create a bold accent wall to add interest to a space

Jenna LaFevor

Rain on a Tin Roof

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

Behr Color Palette

This color is Sparkling Emerald

Sparkling Emerald

P430-7

This color is Black

Black

Black

Color options on wall
Green color with paint brush and Behr can

To start with, you’ll want to choose what paint colors 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 colors 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. Mask off the baseboard trim with painter’s tape. 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. Apply a second coat, if needed, after the first coat has dried.

Immediately remove the painter’s tape after you apply the final coat of paint

After letting the first paint color dry for at least 24 hours, use a measuring tape and measure over on the wall how far you want your second color of paint to come. This can be any measurement of your choosing. I opted to bring in my second color 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.

Mark the wall where you want the edge of the color block
Apply delicate-surface painter’s tape along the line

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.

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

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

Every once in a while, you just need a bold punch of color to liven up a space.

Visualize It

Green and black wall drying with painters tape

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Color block room with elephant accent table and chair

The Big Reveal

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?

Jenna LaFevor portrait

Jenna LaFevor

Jenna LaFevor is a mover, a shaker, and freak flag flyer. She loves pearls with t-shirts, Conway Twitty, a good accent wall and 80’s rock. She’s never met a leopard print she didn’t like and always prefers to go bold or go home.