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Try your hand at a ‘horizon line’ – this year’s hottest technique


Still in love with your old colour, but longing for something new? Enjoy the best of both worlds with an on-trend horizon line – a wall of two new, contrasting halves with a slither of your old shade in the middle. Think of it as a painted take on the dado rail, that period feature of yesteryear. In this nook, we’ve used Colour of the Year Tranquil Dawn for the top half, then painted the bottom half in Spiced Honey, leaving a line in the original colour in the centre. The effect is like looking out to a beautiful horizon. Try it today. 

 

You'll Need

  • Dust sheet or plastic sheeting (for covering furniture and fixtures)
  • Tape measure and pencil
  • String and chalk
  • Masking tape
  • Paint from colour palette (see below, left)
  • Stirring stick
  • Roller and tray  
  • 2 roller heads
  • 1” paintbrush

 

Take Away Tip

Freshen up the existing paint first – it’s this that will form the new horizon line.

 

1. Before starting, lay down a dust sheet to protect your floor from spills. Use a tape measure and pencil to mark out the width of your stripe at intervals across the wall.

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2. Coat two lengths of string with coloured chalk, then tape them along your pencil marks. Ping the strings against the wall to create guiding lines.

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3.Remove the string. Apply masking tape along the inside edges of the chalk lines so that a strip of your existing wall colour will be left intact. 

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4. Using a roller, paint the top half of the wall in Tranquil Dawn, taking the paint just over the edge of the tape.

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5. Change to a new roller head, then paint the bottom of the wall in Spiced Honey. 

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6. When the paint is dry, carefully peel away the masking tape. Step back and admire your beautiful horizon line. 

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Watch our how to video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1-bLz7X3Q8

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