Drop Shadow Effect On Wall With Block Colour


Treat your wall as a blank canvas and create this dramatic drop shadow effect on wall in the boldest of colour block ideas.

This is the simplest three-dimensional colour block painting effect, the impact of which increases with the size of the shapes. The selected colour for block painting on walls can be as subtle or as bold as you choose. If the style of the room is based around neutral colours, then using two tone of stone grey will create a subtle panelled effect as suggested by Art Educator, ‘Ellis A. D’[398] in book “A Practical Manual of House Painting, Graining, Marbling and Sign Writing”. On the other hand primary colours with black shadow on a white background will make the blocks of colour appear to leap off the wall. It mostly depends upon the room’s shape, size and purpose. But it is important to exercise caution – a bedazzling optical effect could soon become very tiresome in an everyday living room. To make sure that one does not go overboard with tiring colour, check out Trending Ideas of Best Colours for Living Room.

Things Required To Kickstart Drop Shadow Effect On Wall

Supplies required

There is a set of particular supplies that are required to create colour block room design. They are mentioned below:  

  • Colour for blocks
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil or chalk
  • Plumb line
  • Ruler or straight-edge with spirit level
  • Set square
  • Shadow colour
  • Small roller and tray
  • 2.5 cm paintbrush

Please Note:  A forty-five-degree set square and ruler or straight edge are the essential tools for the job.

The Step-By-Step Process to Create DIY Colour Blocks Effect

Process to create colour block effect with shadow

The editor ‘ Fiona B ’[386] in “The House Book” gave a methodical description to produce drop shadow effect on wall and it is as follows.

  1. Measure the area and calculate the size and positions of the colour blocks. Drop the plumb line to use as a vertical guide, and use the straight edge to mark out rectangular shapes in pencil.
  2. Place a strip of masking tape around each of the shapes, and then apply the colour block painting on the wall with the small roller. Leave to dry and then peel off the tape. Leave overnight until bone dry.
  3. Use the set square to draw a shadow box at forty-five-degree on one side and the base of each block. Place a strip of masking tape around the shadow area, including the two inside edges of the block, to complete the colour block idea. Masking tapes are very important to provide a finishing touch to paint, hence it’s necessary to choose the right masking tape for the project.
  4. Paint the shadow with the brush and leave the paint to dry before peeling off the tape

Finishing Point!

Grab the supplies, choose your favorite colour and design, and set up for the creative transformation of the room. When it is done, sit back and revel in your work of art!

To add more oomph factor to the wall, also check out

How To Do A Colour Block Wall With Vibrant Contrast Colours?

Author Bio

Huta Raval – An English Literature and Journalism Topper, Huta Raval has graduated from the L D Arts College, Ahmedabad. Post serving for 23 years in the NBFC and Public Library Sectors her desire for ‘writing the unwritten’ brought her to the creative field of content writing. Her clientele comprises of NGOs, Blogging Platforms, Newspapers, Academic Institutions, et al.

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