How to Divide a Wall Into Top & Bottom With Paint

Updated March 23, 2017

Add style and charm to any room in your home by painting the top and bottom half two different colours. With a variety of colour choices available, you can easily select two colours that complement one another as well as existing furnishings, flooring and window treatments. Select classic combinations in shades of light pink, light and dark blue, shades of yellow or neutral combinations of brown or beige. There are many colour combinations to suit each home.

Choose two complementary paint colours to paint the walls of your room. Gather paint colour sample cards at paint shops and home improvement stores. Hold up two colour cards at a time on the wall to find a suitable combination. Purchase paint and supplies.

Apply a paint primer on the walls before painting. Use a tape measure and a pencil to mark the height on the walls at which you want to place the painter's tape. Painter's tape separates between the top and bottom halves of the wall. Measure all the walls so that the painter's tape is at the same height on each.

Cover the bottom half of the wall with newspaper. Cover the floor and ceiling mouldings with painter's tape or newspaper to protect them from paint drips or spills.

Paint the top half of the wall and wait for it to dry. Remove the newspaper from the walls to paint the bottom half. Carefully remove the painter's tape after both halves are completely dry.


Paint the floor and ceiling moulding a shade of white so that other colours stand out. If you have a chair rail, paint using the same shade of white.


Purchase enough paint to finish a room completely as paint mixed at different times may vary slightly in colour.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall paint
  • Paint primer
  • Tape measure
  • Painter's tape
  • Newspaper
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