If you want to add some colour to your walls but don’t want the hassle/commitment/fuck-is-this-too-overpowering set of emotions that come with painting an entire room one block colour, then Instagram has a solution for you: the half-paint job.
I jumped on the trend last spring, when I decided to deck out my son’s bedroom in half-yellow (Little Greene’s Pink Yellow, if you’re interested), and half white. I like the fact the colour has injected some fun and personality into the space, whilst still feeling fresh and open at the same time.
It’s something I’d seen a few times across social media (I’ve noticed a lot of kids interior brands use it in their styling snaps and was also inspired by influencers like Susie Verrill who did similar in their kids’ bedrooms).
Gemma has also got involved with the interior trend and opted to paint her hallway half green.
You can find incredible inspo over on both Pinterest and Instagram – I’m obsessed with both @katespiers and @charminglifebyjess’s half pink walls and am keen to give it a go in our spare room. It’s also worth checking out accounts from paint companies like @lick who regularly showcase their fave images from home accounts, including lots of half-wall styles.
Fancy trying it yourself? The trick is to measure how high you want it to go (we went with half way, but a lot of other styles go a little higher), mark it off at either end of the wall and then use tape (Frog Tape is supposed to be the best for minimal bleeding). You can add a dado rail, or you can do as we did, and leave the wall completely flat.
Interior know-all Kate Watson Smyth from Mad About The House, wrote a feature a couple of years ago with tips on doing it yourself (you can find the link to it here). She said: “It is, if you like, the modern version of the feature wall. It’s a technique that is perfect for modern homes and those with low ceilings, as well as those who want to add some drama and dark paint without going all the way.”
So, which room you going to paint first?