You guys know I love my white walls. Almost our ENTIRE home is painted white. And I love it. I even recently went BACK to white on a couple spaces I haven’t shown you because I couldn’t handle the darker tones. With that said, today I am branching out… WAY OUT.
Today I’m so excited to share a rainbow accent wall that we put into a spare bedroom to make it into a creative space. I have always wanted a rainbow wall, and it’s finally happened!
We partnered with Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan to create this accent wall and loved working with their product! This paint has a beautiful matte finish and dries darker than it appears. When I first saw the paints shown here, I thought the colors were wrong compared to the swatches, but don’t worry—it dries darker.
Here’s how I planned out my wall—
I cut apart the Annie Sloan swatches to see how the colors would look together. These are all their pre-mixed colors by the way. I was extremely happy with the selection for a rainbow. The colors mix so well together. I knew as soon as I saw them laid out like this that it was going to work!
Next, I chose the design. You can see above I chose between two designs. Ultimately I felt like the vertical lines were going to be less busy and easier to decorate a room around. So I went that route. The only thing that would have been cooler about the diagonal lines is that you’d be able to see more colors in a frame. I definitely think about my rooms in photo terms, since I love to take photos in our home.
Maybe one of you will try the option I didn’t choose so I can see how that would look as well?? The colors I used (from left to right) were Henrietta, Antoinette, Barcelona Orange, Arles, English Yellow, Antibes Green, Provence and one of their newest colors, Giverny. If you’re looking for these colors or others, you can use this link to find a stockist near you!
-paint brush or mini paint roller
-painter’s tape (We used frog tape and would highly recommend it for super clean edges!)
-measuring tape or ruler
Step One: Start by measuring the length of your wall. Then, figure out how many colors you’re going to be using and divide the length of your wall into however many colors you have so that each color is an equal size. For example, our wall was 144″ and we used 8 colors. 144 divided by 8 is 18, so we knew to mark our walls every 18″.
Step Two: To get your lines perfectly straight up and down your wall, get a measuring tape (or a ruler is easier!) and measure 18″ from the top of one side of your wall and mark little 1/2″ lines every 6″ or so all the way down the wall. Continue this process over the entire wall until completed. Now you have a guideline for your tape! Next take your painter’s tape and tape off every other color using your pencil marks to get a perfectly straight line.
Step Three: Paint those colors doing as many coats as needed until your surface is completely covered. (It’s very important to make sure you have enough coats so you don’t have to fix it later!)
Steps Four-Five: Let dry completely for 1 to 2 hours, and then it’s time to peel off your tape and repeat the process with the remaining colors.
I’m so so so so (!!!!) excited about this space. Since my sunroom isn’t winterized, I am planning to move my painting studio here for the winter. There’s nothing better than a bright, colorful space to get creative in.
What do you think? Do you have a space in your home for a rainbow or color blocked wall? xx -Elsie
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Elsie Larson, Collin DuPree, Laura Gummerman, and Jeremy Larson (haha—that really was a group effort!). Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.