Creating Color-On-Color Wall Designs

Color-on-color paint designs allow you to add interest and texture to a room with just one color.

While a new coat of paint on the walls definitely improves the look of a room, the design can still lack depth – especially if you only used a single color in the space. If you want to stick to a single color but you still desire a more interesting display, a color-on-color design can be the perfect way to show off your gorgeous hue without adding more colors to the room's palette. 


Combining Finishes for a New Look

Some colors simply look better when used alone. The shade is perfect for the décor and captures the feel you're going for. You can keep it while also adding depth to  the room's appearance by combining different paint finishes. Combining a semi-gloss and satin finish in the same color can help you create stunning patterns and texture without sacrificing the simplicity of your design. 


Once you choose your color, use it in a satin finish to paint the walls first. After it's dry, use a semi-gloss finish to create patterns of your choosing on the wall.


For example, you can use stencils of a motif that's already in the room décor. The contrast between the finishes ensures the pattern stands out, but because it's in the same color, it won’t overwhelm the space or look tacky. Do you have floral or leaf patterns throughout the room? Use a leaf stencil to carry it into the walls. Use triangles or chevrons for a geometric print. There are so many stencils available that you're sure to find one that'll work for your room.




Color-on-Color Texture

You can also add an interesting visual to a room by creating texture in the paint. Sponging, which requires the use of a sea sponge cut in half, allows you to use only one color while still achieving a multi-tonal effect. The combination of the damp sponge, the paint, and rotating your hands throughout the painting process adds subtle texture that you control. You can leave larger spaces between the sponged areas, or you can spend more time overlapping them to create a subtler look.


Pink sponge texture


Using a rag in a similar way will add texture to a wall as well. Grab a piece of drywall and experiment with different methods of dabbing and swiping on the color before you do it on the actual wall. Some methods will work, but not all. Trying them out on a piece of drywall first will help you figure out which texture you like best. Then you're prepared to do it properly on the walls of the room you're decorating.


Color-on-Color Stripes

If using two contrasting colors for stripes is a bit too bold for you, you can use the satin and semi-gloss finishes mentioned above to create a subtler pattern. Make sure to use a level and painter’s tape to make sure your lines are straight and even. When measuring the width of the stripes, you’ll have to decide what look you're going for. If you want even stripes throughout the room, all you have to do is measure the wall and divide the width by how wide you want your stripes. If you want the room to be completely cohesive, you’ll want to divide your width by an odd number – this will ensure the stripes in each corner are the same finish, which will make the corners of the space stand out with larger blocks of color.


Brown Sofa in Small Room With Striped Wall


Color-on-color paint designs allow you to add interest and texture to a room with just one color. Whether you mix finishes or use a different painting technique, you can add your own personal touch to the room in an elegant and sophisticated way. 

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