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Two Tone Walls in Bedroom: How To Paint Straight Lines

Wondering how to paint straight lines? This tutorial for our beautiful two tone walls will teach you just that! I just love how the paint in our bedroom turned out.

Thank you to FrogTape for sponsoring this two tone walls tutorial! All opinions are entirely my own. This post also contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.

I mentioned in our hardwood floor tutorial that we had been staring at paint swatches for a year and a half in our master bedroom. 

It’s true. 

The room was a disaster filled with gross brown carpet, tan walls with paint swatches, and patched walls that were never re-textured. 

Before Pictures

Here’s what we started with: 

Our old master bedroom before the two tone walls makeover.

Our messy under construction master bedroom with unfinished paint and torn up walls.

The entrance to our master bedroom, with unfinished paint and torn up walls.

Paint samples on the wall next to our bed, testing out the colors for our two tone walls

Yikes, right? 

Well, I can’t WAIT to show you how it looks now and teach you how to create two tone walls in your house too. 

P.S. we also got rid of the U-G-L-Y carpet recently! Check out our new hardwood floors here!

UPDATE: Check out the finished master bedroom reveal here!

How to Paint Two Tone Walls: Video Tutorial

So we’re going to make this really easy for you…we made a video tutorial too! So you can either watch the video below…or read the full tutorial.. or both if you’re really jazzed about it all. 

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Are you ready to see how to paint straight lines for two tone walls??

Supplies for two tone walls: 

 Step By Step: How to Paint Straight Lines on Two Toned Walls

Step 1: Decide the height of two tone walls.

First, take your tape measure and decide just how far up you want the two tone walls to start.

I decided that I wanted my darker color to stop at my eye level. There really wasn’t any rhyme or reason than that and I just love having the two tone walls right where I can see them.

I also wanted it to intersect with all of the wall decor, which will be hung at eye level. 

Step 2: Paint ceilings & trim (optional). 

If you’re going to be repainting your ceiling and trim, do that first. I would recommend it. If you’re going to all of the trouble to paint the walls, new paint on the trim and baseboards and ceiling makes everything feel nice and fresh.

Logan painting the first coat of paint on the top half of our two toned walls in the master bedroom.

Step 3: Paint the top color. 

When we are painting a room, we already start at the top and work our way down. So we painted the top color (this perfect white color).

We were very sure to paint beyond where we knew our line would be to transition our two tone walls.

Step 4: Wait for the paint to dry.

Now you should really wait as long as possible for that top layer of paint to dry. This helps the paint cure, which is helpful when you are placing the tape on top of it.

We were on a time crunch and wanted to paint the 2nd color the very next day (just about 24 hours later), so we opted to use FrogTape’s delicate surface painter tape. It is designed for fresh paint (that has dried for at least 24 hours).  And spoiler alert, it worked like a CHARM. 

Using a level to measure out the two toned walls in our master bedroom; half the walls are painted white, the lower half remains unpainted.

Step 5: Draw a level line around the room.

Actually, maybe I should preface this step with another one – take a deep breath.

To be completely honest, remaining calm while you try to put a PERFECTLY straight and level line around your entire room is harder than it seems.

If you followed along on our IG Stories, you know that when Logan and I were getting our line on the wall we tried 3 times (YES, 3 times!) before getting it right.

Granted we had purchased a laser level (just for this project, might I add)….and it was always off by an inch…three times in a row. 

So we settled on this method when putting up a level straight line. It’s old school, but it works perfectly! 

Measure and make a mark on the wall where the line will be where the two tone walls change color. Once you have the mark drawn, grab your 4 ft level.

Start your first line by getting the “bubble” perfectly in the center, and I mean perfectly! If you don’t try to get the bubble perfectly center the line will move over the course of an entire room by a noticeable amount. This is the key for how to paint straight lines.

Continue making your way around the room making a level line.

Step 6: Apply FrogTape.

After your line is drawn, grab your FrogTape and start putting it directly on the line for your two tone walls.

Again you have to be as exact as possible just like when you were drawing the line. Any slight differences will result in a line that changes noticeably over an entire room. 

Painting the lower half of the two toned walls using frog tape to ensure straight lines.

Step 7: Activate the paint block technology.

Once your tape is up you’ll need to activate the paint block technology of the FrogTape. It’s activated by the latex in the paint, so all you need to do is simply take the first layer of paint you did and paint over the bottom side of the tape.

This method is the key for how to paint straight lines and preventing any bleeds that may occur due to texture and other imperfections on your walls.

Let the paint on the tape dry thoroughly before moving on. 

Adding the bottom paint color for our two toned bedroom walls; the color is a rich jade.

Step 8: Paint the bottom color. 

Now it’s time to finally paint the bottom color of the two tone walls. Start by carefully cutting in around trim, doors, and baseboards. If you’re not very experienced with cutting in, definitely tape things off first.

Logan is painting the bottom half of the two tone walls in our bedroom with a deep jade color paint. We're using Frog tape to ensure we're painting straight lines.

Then just grab your paint roller and tray and slap on the second color you chose for your two tone walls. Just be careful when you get up to the tape not to roll up too far and pass the tape.

Step 9: Remove the tape right away. 

This next step is super important. If you asked how to paint straight lines then you don’t want to skip this.

Once you get your bottom color paint on, you need to take off the tape as soon as possible. This prevents the tape from taking off any other paint on the wall.

Peel slowly and at a 45-degree angle if possible.

Perfectly painted straight lines on our two tone bedroom walls, the top part of the walls are white, the lower part is painted a deep jade green.

Look at those super crisp and straight paint lines!

Perfectly painted straight lines all around our bedroom, creating two toned walls - the top portion of the walls are white, the lower portion is a deep jade green.

I’m SO obsessed with how our master bedroom is turning out. With the new hardwood floors and these gorgeous two tone walls, it’s making for a crazy great transformation – am I right? 

A look at our two toned master bedroom walls, our bed, and the outside patio doors.

These two tone walls make such a big difference and create a unique and unexpected look in the bedroom, which I love. 

The entrance door to our master bedroom, two toned walls painted white and jade green, and a tall mirror leaning against the wall.

I’m so glad that we decided to incorporate a dark and moody color – which I haven’t really done in any of our homes yet. It is bold and some say risky…but I’m in love. 

A two toned painted wall, with perfectly straight lines made using Frog tape. The walls are white and jade green in our master bedroom

I can’t wait to get it finished off with decor, furniture, and bedding! (Update: Check out the finished master boho bedroom here!)

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Our king bed, up against a two toned wall painted white and jade green.
Another view of the entrance to our bedroom, a floor-length mirror, and the two toned white and jade painted walls.

Let’s take one more look at the crazy before and afters! 

A pair of photos showing the before and after of our master bedroom makeover; before painting the walls and after painting two toned walls with white and jade paint
A pair of images showing our master bedroom and large bed, before and after painting the two toned walls.
Before and after photos showing the entrance of our master bedroom, before painting and after, with two toned walls painted with white and jade green paint.

Where would you paint two tone walls in your home?? 

Let me know in the comment below.

How To Paint Two Tone Walls in Bedroom

How To Paint Two Tone Walls in Bedroom

Yield: 1
Active Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $200

Want to learn how to paint straight lines, the expert way? Here's how we achieved two tone walls in our bedroom, and our expert trick for painting straight lines around the whole room.

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Instructions

  1. Decide height of two tone walls
  2. Paint ceiling and trim (optional)
  3. Paint top color
  4. Wait for paint to dry
  5. Draw level line around room with pencil
  6. Apply Frogtape along line
  7. Activate the paint block technology by painting the first (top) color over the edge of the painter's tape
  8. Paint bottom color
  9. Remove tape right away

18 thoughts on “Two Tone Walls in Bedroom: How To Paint Straight Lines

  1. I totally want to do this in our bedroom! Love that green and the two-tone look is so pretty. Thanks for always sharing how you do projects like this!

  2. How would this work if you have cathederal ceilings? We own a manufactured home that has the cathederal part of the ceilings running the whole lenght of the center of our home. I love this look but not sure it would work for us. Thanks

  3. Did you apply two coats of the green paint? If so, did you remove the tape after the first or second coat?

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