Color Block Wall—Quick and Simple Way to Add a Big Punch!

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4 Hours

Color blocking may be a newer trend but I hope it’s here to stay! It’s such a great way to add character to a space for the cost of some paint. If you don’t want to paint an entire wall, it’s a perfect way to add a splash of color. It’s perfect in a small space OR to break up a large space!!

Tape off your design

  • For my specific area, I chose to use the sloped ceiling as a guideline.
  • This made a trapezoid type design, but the options are endless. I’ve seen circles, semi circles, rectangles, etc.
  • I used painter’s tape and measured and marked 2 1/2 inches from each edge and put the tape all around.


  • With the painter’s tape, I didn’t even use a brush. A mini roller did the trick!
  • I painted two coats.
  • Let it dry to the touch before you take the tape off.

Admire your work and add style!

  • I added a little shelf using brackets and a piece of 2 x 6 pine cut to size.

Style it!

  • Some hand drawn artwork and sponge art work in Dollar Tree and Goodwill frames
  • a few faux plants
  • a couple of vintage items
  • a candle
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  • Katherine Somma
    on Apr 28, 2020

    I love this,its like your own little corner.Will definitely do SOON.Great Job.

    • Mari
      on Apr 28, 2020

      Right!!! It was so nice just to roll and be done!!! So quick and easy!! Thanks!!!

  • Lauren.
    on Apr 28, 2020

    Mari, you didn't mention the name of the paint color. It's a lovely green that I really enjoyed looking at. Any particular brand or color name??

    • Love this!! Accent walls make such a statement, it's one of my favorite things to do. You did a fantastic job with the colors you choose combining with the natural wood tones. Great Job!!

      Not sure if anyone checked out the paint can at the bottom of the post that Hometalk added but when I clicked on it, the color looks really similar to the one that you used:

      American Pine by Kilz Tribute

  • Yvette Scheiman
    on May 6, 2020

    Am I seeing this correctly? Did you paint over wallpaper? It came out beautiful, but did you do any special prepping to successfully paint over wallpaper?

    • Mari
      on May 6, 2020

      Not wallpaper! It was a painted design!!

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  • Paula S.
    on Apr 28, 2020

    Ok, so being a female licensed painting contractor, let me let you in on a little secret regarding blue tape and clean lines with no bleeding! Once you place your blue tape down, apply caulk (any cheap painters caulk tube will do) over the blue tape and onto the area that will be painted. This will ensure that no paint will bleed under the blue tape like it sometimes does. Then paint as usual and then pull the blue tape off just like your normally would do and presto - super clean line. I know you can buy Frog Tape (green) but it is so much more expensive than blue tape.

    Paula Stone

    • Mary McDonald
      on Jul 23, 2020

      A lot of work. I use a straight edge, tuck it into the separation line, paint and done. Once all the corners and edges are done then I do the middle. Using a nice angled brush and a steady hand will work but it takes some practice.

  • Paula S.
    on Apr 30, 2020

    No Mary, it doesn't. Just apply the caulk, then use your finger to go over the wall and blue tape. The reason is to make sure that paint doesnt penetrate under the blue tape. You don't need a lot of caulk. I know it seems wierd. Try it on another surface like on a peice of cardboard and see how it works before you do it to a wall. You'll be surprised.

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