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Try This: Paint Square Color Blocks

Create an artistic block of paint colors to spruce up a room.

Create an artistic block of paint colors to spruce up a room.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
1. Start with a smooth wall in the color of your choice. Choosing from colors in the same family as the wall, select nine paint chips from your favorite brand of low- or no-VOC paint. Play with the colors in a block by moving paint chips around on the wall, noticing how they balance and interact with each other. Transfer the chips to a piece of paper to use as a reference.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
2. Using a level and a yardstick, measure and mark out a square on your wall. Ours is an 18-inch square, but if you have the space, a larger color block can be more dramatic. Divide the large square into thirds vertically and horizontally, making nine equal squares. Mark them lightly with a sharp pencil.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
4. Tape off the squares with masking tape. Using a small brush, paint the squares on the four outside corners with different colors. Be sure to remove the tape promptly, before the paint dries. Wait until the paint dries thoroughly before taping off and painting an adjacent square. Continue until all squares are completed.
Photo By Susan Wasinger
3. You can buy tiny paint-sample size jars from the paint store for your block colors. (Choose three or four, then mix together in different ratios to create all nine colors).
Photo By Susan Wasinger


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