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Transition Color on a Living Room Wall

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Do you have a long white wall with no architectural break? Learn how you can change color mid-wall in a natural flowing, stylish way.


Pick the spot on the wall surface where you want to change from one color to another. It does not have to be in the middle of the wall. Then pick one of our of color transition techniques. These designs work with a number of interior styles, and each has easy-to-follow instructions.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Squares Technique:

  1. Prime the surface with Fresh Start® Primer.
  2. Decide where you want your color division to occur. Then paint one side one color, and the other side the other color. Use low-tack masking tape to make the line clean between colors.
  3. When both colors are dry, mask off squares that will bridge each color. For our wall, we used six squares. They run from just under the ceiling, down to just above the floor molding.
  4. Paint each square a different color. Our color recommendations for the pictured wall are in the supplies list. The colors are lighter and darker versions of the two wall colors.

"S" Technique:

  1. Prime the surface with Fresh Start Primer.
  2. Paint your first color, and allow to dry.
  3. Mask off your "S" shape on the painted section. Thinner tape, ½ inch or 1 inch, is easier to use when making an "S" shape.
  4. Repaint your second color up to the "S" border.
  5. Make the circles using the lid off a gallon can of paint. Simply trace the circle with a pencil and mask off with tape. Then paint it the opposite color.

Stripes Technique:

You can create a gradient effect by painting stripes varying in size from wide to narrow.

  1. Prime the surface with Fresh Start Primer.
  2. Paint your first color (this should be the lightest color) and ensure that it covers the wall well past your selected color transition point. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  3. Mask off your stripes with tape. Our stripes measure approximately from 1 inch wide up to 4-inches wide. Keep your width exact (for example, for a 4-inch stripe, place two rows of 2-inch tape down the wall).

  4. Paint second color (this should be the darker color) on the open stripe section and continue to paint the balance of the wall. After stripes are painted, remove tape immediately while paint is still wet.

White Wide-Stripe Technique:

This method creates a border zone where you can hang decorative objects.

  1. Prime the surface with Fresh Start Primer.
  2. Select your display objects. They can be pictures, photographs, ceramic plates—almost any collectible that can be hung.
  3. Add an additional 8 inches to the width of your display objects to determine the width of your border zone.
  4. Decide where you want the white border section to occur. Ideally, it will not be behind a piece of furniture.
  5. Mask off the border section with low-tack masking tape.
  6. Paint each side of the wall outside the taped off section with the two wall colors you have chosen.
  7. Remove the tape, and allow the wall to dry.
  8. Hang your display items.

Supply List

  • Drop cloth
  • Benjamin Moore rollers
  • Roller tray
  • Benjamin Moore paint brushes
  • Low tack masking tape


  • Fresh Start Primer
  • Wall colors: Regal® Eggshell Finish interior latex paint in Twilight Blue 2067-30 and Semolina 2155-40.
  • Squares for Square Technique: Regal Eggshell Finish interior latex paint in Gold Mine 2155-20,Yellow Marigold 2155-30, Suntan Yellow 2155-50, Summer Blue 2067-50, Blue Lapis 2067-40, and Starry Night Blue 2067-20.



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