A split wall effect is a great way to add personality to a room – and it works whether you’re after a traditional or a contemporary look. Dividing a wall at dado or picture rail height can give the illusion of a period feature; but, for a more modern feel, you can divide your walls in unexpected places – creating a horizon line at the base of a wall, for example, or painting bands of colour where the walls meet the ceiling.
Russell and Jordan created a classic feel with their split wall but gave it a modern edge by carrying the colour over the door. This wraparound effect helps to give a cohesive look to a room but, if you plan on doing something similar, make sure to mask the door carefully to keep the lines straight.
It’s always a good idea to use a lighter colour for the top section of a wall to make the room feel more spacious, and to choose colours that will set off your existing furnishings. Separating the two main tones with a band in a darker shade can be very effective and it allows you to add an accent of a bolder colour without overpowering your scheme.
Watch the video to see Steph Howles, one of the Changing Rooms A-team and a Dulux Select Decorator take you through the process or follow the simple step-by-step guide below.