Colour zoning is a technique that creates a geometrical division of different paint colours on walls. This is an inexpensive way to dress up a room or to frame decorative elements such as paintings, mirrors or photographs. It creates striking vignettes, contrast and dramatic impacts.
Inspiration can be drawn from many places; for example, from a fabric pattern or a painting. The effect drawn from using monochromatic tones in a particular colour family is more subtle and soothing. On the other hand, the use of high contrast colours creates an interesting and impactful effect.
Keeping it simple can also create a beautiful effect. To create a strong focal point, choose a different paint colour to highlight a featured piece of furniture or architectural element, such as a bed or fireplace.
Once the desired look is established in your mind’s eye, it is helpful to create a stencil, either by sketching it on paper or designing it on the computer. Make sure the design is well balanced and creates a visually pleasing, aesthetic arrangement. Depending on the degree of difficulty involved in the design, a paint brush and painter’s tape may do the job. For more complex designs, drawing out the pattern or projecting an image on the wall may assist in giving the project a finished, professional touch.