How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

Two-Tone Walls Helped This Woodland Nursery Bring the Outdoors In

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When Camille Simmons of Planning Pretty began planning her first child’s nursery, she had a lofty goal: capture the magic of hiking in the forest. With an apartment in Los Angeles as the setting, she had her work cut out for her. But by using natural, textured accents and one unexpected design choice — two-tone walls with a bold ceiling paint color — she found a way to create a woodland nursery that’s airy, serene, and incredibly stylish.

How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

For her gender-neutral nursery, Camille chose a muted palette of cream, mint, and grey, with warm wood tones scattered throughout the room. One of Clare’s most soothing shades, “Chill,” coats the majority of the walls, and “Headspace,” our soft blue-green, draws the eye up to the ceiling and the portion of the wall above the picture rail. We have to applaud Camille’s skill, because two-tone walls aren’t exactly easy to pull off. Here’s how she made it work.

Headspace - a light blue-green paint color by Clare

Headspace

A universal favorite, this soft and airy blue-green hue brings a sense of calm to any space.
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How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

Keep the Palette Subdued

For a peaceful vibe like Camille’s, choose analogous colors — or rather, shades that are close to each other on a color wheel. Because analogous colors occur in nature, your two tones will feel like a subtle shift instead of a jarring stripe. Picture the ombre edge of a sunset fading into the night sky, or the gradually lightening blue-green of the ocean as it stretches toward the shore. That’s what you’re going for.

How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

Camille’s walls, ceiling, curtains, and even the accent pillow on the rocking chair are all slightly different versions of the same hue. Paired with neutral trim and fabrics, along with the soft boho chandelier and warm wicker basket, the entire space feels calm — perfect for a brand new baby’s first home.

Use Trim to Separate Your Shades

Like we said: Two-tone walls can be tricky. The easiest way to avoid an amateur, juvenile look? Create a clear border with mouldings. That way, you won’t have to worry about a sloppy line between the colors. So much easier! Camille used a narrow picture rail between her two colors, and the result is upscale and professional — and, we might add, pretty unexpected.

Play With Proportions

It’s not super uncommon to see a blue-green ceiling paint color; in fact, they’re popular on Southern porches to ward off unfriendly spirits called “haints.” But Camille took her decor a step further by drawing the shade down onto the upper wall.

How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

This actually makes the ceiling feel larger, creating an expansive “sky” for her son’s forest retreat. And while a palette full of cool tones could easily feel cold and sterile, drawing the ceiling down creates a cozy, cocooned vibe. (The sweet animal accents don’t hurt, either.)

Create Contrast

With analogous colors on the walls and ceiling and neutrals on the floor, Camille’s tranquil woodland nursery could have easily slid past soothing into snoozy. To punch things up, she added a black ladder, dark brown woven accents, and dramatic drawer pulls.

We’ll be honest: We’re kind of jealous of Baby Simmons. Can you imagine falling asleep in this soft, ethereal space? Sign us up for a shift in that mint green crib, please.

How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint
How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint
How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint
How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint
How to Decorate With Two-Tone Walls - Woodland Nursery Decor with a painted ceiling in Headspace by Clare and Chill by Clare Wall Paint

Ready to try out your own two-tone walls? Try one of these perfect pairings:

Frozen & Good Jeans:

Frozen - a light icy blue paint color by Clare

Frozen

An icy, pale blue fit for a castle. This cool hue is a confident classic you’ll never want to let go.
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Good Jeans - a medium blue with gray undertones paint color by Clare

Good Jeans

A medium, grayish blue you can count on, just like your favorite pair of broken-in denim.
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Wing It & Cosmic Vibes:

Wing It - a light pink paint color by Clare

Wing It

A pale, sophisticated, barely there pink, inspired by our favorite all-ladies social club that made pink our new favorite neutral.
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Cosmic Vibes - a medium purple paint color by Clare

Cosmic Vibes

A mysterious, medium dusty purple. Straight out of the Milky Way.
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Timeless & Greige:

Timeless - a warm off-white paint color by Clare

Timeless

The off-white you’ve been searching for that no one’s ever managed to nail. (Until now.) With creamy undertones, this inviting shade envelops your space in warmth and reflects light beautifully.
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Greige - a medium gray - beige - greige paint color by Clare

Greige

The perfect mix of gray and beige combined to create this extremely versatile neutral with a warm, cozy medium hue that looks great in any room.
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Vacay & Sublime:

Vacay - a medium blue - teal paint color by Clare

Vacay

A color that feels like a permanent vacation. This vibrant blue-green hue makes you feel like you’re looking out over the Caribbean Sea.
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Sublime - a dark teal paint color by Clare

Sublime

This is a risk worth taking. A stunning, vibrant teal with a transcendent payoff.
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