Color Block Your Walls

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We think it’s safe to say that we’ve all known and loved the accent wall. It has brightened up our small spaces and helped give training wheels to the color-shy. But enough is enough, the years of the accent wall are past and now ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to find your fifth. The fifth? Yes, the fifth. The fifth wall, also known as the ceiling, is the unsung hero of home design. And while we’re not suggesting you just paint your ceiling, the chic new trend in home decor is to color block your walls — that is, to paint your four walls the same color as your fifth, your ceiling.

Color Block Your Walls

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How high-end does this look, right? Painting your walls and ceiling the same color is also a useful trick for small and big spaces alike. For a small room, choosing to use one color gives a relaxing feel to the space, perfect for a small guest room or powder room. In big rooms, like living or dining rooms, painting the ceiling and walls one color focuses the attention on your furnishings, similar to how this decor in the dining room above pops.

Color Block Your Walls

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Another pro tip with painting ceilings the same color as your walls is to slightly whiten the ceiling color. Ceilings naturally have shadows and whitening the color is a good idea if you want to make your ceilings look higher. Depending on the color you’re choosing, this trick is also great for darker hues, like the grey pictured above here. According to Sherwin-Williams, for a not-noticeably lighter shade, ask your paint pro to dilute your wall paint with white paint in a ratio of about 80 percent white to 20 percent wall color.

Color Block Your Walls

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If your room has a vaulted ceiling or an angled ceiling (we have a lot of these in 1980s Atlanta suburban homes, don’t we?), think about continuing the wall color up the ceiling to highlight the shape and help create visual unity. We love how the room above kept a neutral color scheme, minus the pop of color on the wall and ceiling. This could get overwhelming so best to use sparingly.

And last thing, if you are going to try this at home (and we totally think  you should) make sure your ceiling and wall paints are not only the same color, but also the same sheen. Don’t distract from the beautiful monotone canvas you just created by color-blocking your walls!

So, what do you think? Would you try this in your home? What room?

1 Comment

  • Reply May 18, 2015


    I love the turquoise color that was used on the wall and continued up onto the ceiling! It looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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