How to separate two rooms sharing the same walls with paint



Several rooms sharing a common wall is a common feature of open floor plans. If you wish to visually separate the rooms, then sticking a tape on the wall to divide it into two different sections and painting it in different colors will not work. In fact, it will look very awkward.The trick to separate two rooms sharing the common wall is to strike a balance between maintenance of the flow as well as breaking of the room into sections. And this can be easily accomplished with the use of paint in different ways.

1) Divide the common wall vertically into two sections with the help of a painters tape. Paint one section of the wall in a solid color tone. In the other section, apply painters tape horizontally at a distance of three to four feet from the ceiling. The portion above the tape needs to be painted in a darker shade of the color chosen, and the portion below the tape needs to be painted in a lighter shade of the color. This effect is perfect for separating a formal living area from an informal dining space.

2) Divide the rooms by creating a vertical stripe with the help of painters tape. Paint one section of the wall in chalkboard paint. As the chalkboard paint is available in grey shade, mix it with any other color shade and use this new created shade to design patterns and stripes on the other section of the wall.   This effect is a fabulous solution for basement area where home office or gym shares the common with children’s activity area.

3) A subtle transition may be created between two rooms by painting one side of the wall in several shades lighter than the shade used in the other section of the wall. Remember that the color should remain same and the difference should only be in between the shades. This effect works perfect for dining area and open kitchen plan.

4) Paint the room with two varied sets of stripes. Let the stripes in one section begin from the top right corner and in the other section from the top left corner. Allow the stripes to meet in the center where the room gets divided.{the last pic is from Amanda Runyon}.


Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on April 6th, 2011

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