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To divide a wall vertically?

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dontpointatme Thu 11-Apr-19 14:56:53

I'll prefix this by saying I'm the least design minded person ever, I have no vision...

I have a 1.5m recess on my landing that I would like to make into a dressing table sort of nook, but the wall that the table will face runs all the way along the stairs, divided by a solid banister.

I want to paint the nook a different colour from my stairs, but the top of the wall above the banister goes all the way along so I can't just have two paints next to each other as I think it will look awful.

Any suggestions on what I can do to break them up? A friend said for a border vertically but I think it would look as bad as the paints next to one another.

Any ideas??

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Kismett Thu 11-Apr-19 20:42:20

I think I know what you mean and I wouldn’t want to paint a vertical line down the middle of a wall. Is there any particular reason you need them to be different colors? Are you just looking for a way to divide the space? Or is there a color you really want to use?

Do the colors themselves go together?

The only thing I could think of would be to paint a sort of rectangle instead, where one color is inset within the other. Like how people paint headboards sometimes? So you can still get a bit of that color in that space and make it a focal point.

dontpointatme Thu 11-Apr-19 20:54:40

Just to separate the space really, and the landing bit is a little gloomy so could do with a lighter colour. I thought maybe a double line of little mirror tiles that stick on could look passable but don't know how that would truly look.
This is a pic as it is at the moment - it was difficult to explain it, I'm sure there's a simpler way!!

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Mosaic123 Fri 12-Apr-19 01:32:05

I think a huge mirror hung/stuck on the wall where you are going to have the dressing table would be good. You can get mirrors cut to your exact dimensions at a good glass shop. Or maybe the kind of mirror that looks like a Georgian window in sections. It will double the light in the hall and be useful too.

bingoitsadingo Fri 12-Apr-19 10:39:34

I don't think you can really paint the wall two different colours and have it look good.

I would leave the wall one colour, maybe paint the solid divider white as that is really where it's dark (due to the shadow from the light) and then get a bigger mirror to break up the wall. Either a huge mirror that covers most of the wall, or perhaps a smaller one with lights around (if thats your style) to brighten it up. Either way I think the lighting is more important than the wall colour.

AwkwardPaws27 Tue 16-Apr-19 13:49:34

I'd paint the solid banister / divider white so it matches your other woodwork and divides the space more while brightening that corner.

ChishandFips33 Tue 16-Apr-19 16:58:25

I'd fill the dressing area space above your table with a large statement mirror with a light, wide frame.

Paint banister/divider a light colour

Or have the space as a little reading nook, cosy chair, nice floor lamp if there's a socket and a big piece of artwork on the wall

Excited for you, it's a nice little space

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