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Transform an ordinary wall into an extraordinary focal point for little cost, effort, and time!

Transform an ordinary wall into an extraordinary focal point for little cost, effort, and time!
Bland to Grand
This is the fourth of four Home at Home issues that will showcase a fashionable wall treatment, allowing you to dress your house for less!

Band Aid

Create this stunning accent wall by painting bands of rich, warm, and relaxing colours. Soften the look by blurring a few lines, turning a plain wall into art.

Bev Bell suggests "Choose a monochromatic palette for a more sophisticated look with less drama."

Shopping List
  • multiple colours of paint to coordinate with your room design
    Colours shown: Pristine Waters NPC25-0, Northern Reflections NPC29-0, Breathtaking NPC27-4, Defining Moments NPC28-3, Gaspe Current NPC32-4, Lush Tundra NPC36-0, Peatlands NPC37-4, Patriot Love NPC44-3, Hiker's Moon NPC40-0, Pelee Monarch NPC45-3, Klondike Spirit NPC42-4, and Pitcher Plant NPC47-3. Note: some colours can be in a sample size instead of a litre, depending on your wall.
  • chalk line and chalk 1019-196
  • tape measure 1049-065
  • spray bottle 4512-807
  • disposable cloths 4532-802

Here's How View video.
  • Paint the entire wall in the lightest colour. Let dry.
  • Measure and mark bands on the wall with a chalk line. Bands should vary in width.
  • Paint every other band a desired colour using the chalk lines as a guide. Let dry.
  • Paint the remaining bands in desired colours, creating an entire wall in colour bands. Let dry.
  • To soften edges, brush a line along the bottom of the band using the same colour, and mist with water. Control the runs with the dry cloth. Note: I recommend working one to two feet at a time.




Dividing Lines

Bland to GrandSimplicity is the best design, and this paint technique is just that - so simple! Once your basecoat is dry, you can easily complete this stunning graphic wall in an afternoon. View video.

Bev Bell suggests, "To save wait time, plan your design on paper first so the basecoat colour is between your accent colours."

Shopping List

  • Beauti-Tone paint colours in Designer Series matte finish
  • Colours shown: Grey Seal NPC2-0, Rugged Beauty NPC5-3, Inuvialuktun NPC30-0, and Cobblestone Beaches NPC3-0
  • painter's tape 1670-917
  • drop sheet 1643-379
  • paint kit 1656-504
Here's How
  1. Plan your design on paper first so the basecoat colour is between your accent colours. This allows you to paint the entire design without waiting for paint colours to dry.
  2. Paint the entire wall the basecoat colour. This should be your lightest colour. Shown: Grey Seal NPC2-0. Let dry 48 hours.
  3. With painter's tape, mask your design on the wall. Paint your accent colours in designated areas. Shown: Rugged Beauty NPC5-3, Inuvialuktun NPC30-0, and Cobblestone Beaches NPC3-0.
  4. Remove tape before the paint dries, and admire your artistic talents!

Note: An illusion of a spotlight was painted behind the sofa to draw the eye to the area.



Dotted Affair
Bland to GrandPolka Dots have multiple personalities from classic, to contemporary, to casual. Simply change the colour scheme and size of dots to achieve different looks.

Bev Bell suggests, "Achieve a sophisticated Kate Spade look with oversized dots in a classic black and white colour scheme."

Shopping List

Here's How
  • Paint entire wall the desired base colour. Shown: Dark Hue-more. Let dry 48 hours.
  • Cut 6 stencils to desired dot size using a hobby knife. We used a 26.5 cm dinner plate as a template.
Create a grid
  • Mask out a grid with tape for the placement of dots. We spaced the 26.5 cm dot at 46 cm intervals.
  • Work vertically across the wall with a laser level and tape every 46 cm.
  • Place tape horizontally at the top of the first vertical row and then measure down 26.5 cm from the bottom of the tape. Next measure 46 cm from the top edge of the tape (which will be the bottom of the dot) and place the bottom edge of the tape in position (which will be the top of the next dot). Repeat the taping process of alternating between 26 cm and 46 cm until you reach the baseboard.
  • On the next vertical row, measure down 60 cm from the top of the wall. Tape the position. Next, measure 46 cm from the top edge of the tape (which will be the bottom of the dot) and place the bottom edge of the tape in position (which will be the top of the next dot). Repeat the taping process of alternating between 26 cm and 46 cm until you reach the baseboard.
  • These first two rows allow you to use the laser level to mark the top of each dot across the wall to create the polka dot pattern.
Create the dots
  • Spray the back of the stencils with spray adhesive and position them into place across the wall. Paint with foam roller.
  • Remove the stencils and continue across the wall. Respray with adhesive as needed.
Tips: Rolling the paint into the circle opposed to rolling out of the circle will produce sharper dots.

Create a smaller, more traditional polka dot by dipping the rounded end of a 10 cm foam roller or felt pad protectors in paint, blotting off, then pressing on the wall.



Sticky BusinessBland to Grand
Choose this graphic wall treatment that uses painter's tape and paint to create an amazing accent wall with little time and cost.
Bev Bell suggests "Run a credit card along the taped edges before painting the top coat."

Shopping List:
  • tape: available in 3 sizes
  • laser level 1037-215
  • Beauti-Tone paint in choice of two colours (shown: base coat colour: Charmed I'm Sure SC141-0; top coat colour: For the Twill of It SC143-0)
Bland to Grand
Here's How:
  • Paint the wall with the base coat colour, and let dry 48 hours.
  • Measure the width of the tape down from the ceiling, and use the laser level to mark a horizontal line. Run a line of tape along that line. Run another line of tape exactly below the tape you just placed, and then run another line of tape immediately below that line.
  • Remove the middle line of tape, and run it below the lowest line of tape. Continue this pattern until you reach the baseboard.
  • Decide how wide you want your vertical divisions (shown: 3 feet). Use the laser level to mark and tape the vertical divisions.
  • Run a credit card along the taped edges before painting the top coat.
  • Remove the tape immediately after the final coat of paint, removing the vertical tape lines first, and then the horizontal lines.


Simply Stated
It's so easy to create a dramatic feature wall. Paint three free-form bands of coordinating colours. That's it! Simplicity is always the best design.

Shopping List:Bedroom Wall Treatment
  • 7227-128 white chalk
  • 3 colours of Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte Paint.
  • Shown: bottom SC170-4, middle SC169-0, top SC142-0)
  • Brush and roller

Here's How:
With chalk mark the free flowing lines dividing each colour.
Bedroom Wall Treatment





Bev Bell suggests
"Choose a monochromatic or an analogous colour scheme with the same tonal values for best results."






The Bold and the Beautiful

Graphics are strong in today's design trends. Fortunately, they are easy to create with painter's tape and Beaui-Tone paint.

Bev Bell's Helpful Advice: Bland To Grand
A white chalk line is usually the best colour and leaves little residue.

Shopping List

  • painter's tape 1670-111
  • chalk line 1019-303
  • your choice of one lighter and one darker Beauti-Tone paint colours tinted into Designer Series Matte or Satin 1858-234/913.
    Colours shown: Romancing the Stone SC139-0 and Dark Hue-mor SC140-3.

Here's How

  • Paint the entire wall one colour. It is easier if you choose the lighter colour for the base.
  • Mark your graphic design on the wall with the chalk line.
  • Place painter's tape on the inside edge that you want to remain the light colour.
  • Paint the other areas the darker colour.
  • Remove tape.

PHOTO OP
Create a collage of your favourite photos for a phenomenal personal art gallery.

Shopping List

  • cork sheet 48" x 96" 2573-255
  • metal tile edging
  • Beauti-Tone Designer Series Matte
  • spray lacquer (if required to change the colour of the metal edging)
Here's How
  • Paint the cork with a desired colour of latex paint, or leave natural. Colour shown: Dark Hue-mor SC140-3.
  • Spray the metal edging a desired colour. Colour shown: gold lacquer 1730-130
  • Glue the metal strips to the sides of the cork.
  • Secure to the wall with screws. Paint out the screw heads.