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Lime Wash Paint Technique for Neutral Colors

lime wash colors

JH Neutrals using Tone on Tone
Lime Wash Technique

Most of our clients want to lime wash their entire interior space whether it's residential or commercial.  They want to choose a neutral lime wash color and then maybe add some lime wash colors to powder rooms, bedrooms, offices, etc.  

We developed a JH lime wash technique that will add the dimension and texture similar to the aesthetic of a lime plastered space.

The technique is called a JH Tone on Tone for light lime wash neutrals.   It is where you take a darker neutral as the base coat and then apply a contrasting lighter neutral on top.  

Let's look at some beautiful tone on tone applications using this JH lime wash technique.

This Pennsylvania home features 106 as the base coat with 103 on top as second coat.

One of our most popular Tone on Tones is in this Joshua Tree AirBnb.  This customer brushed on 2 coats of 103 first then one coat of 101.

This pretty Los Angeles kitchen features 103 and 101.

This gorgeous bathroom features 103 and 102

When doing a JH Tone on Tone please be sure to let each coat dry completely overnight so the colors do not blend together.  After the first coat of lime wash is applied, wait at least 12 hours to apply the lighter color with a dilution of 50/50 with water.  This will create a beautiful mottled lime wash effect.

Please keep in mind the more of a contrast of the two neutrals the more texture and mottling you will see.


Both of these beautiful modern spaces features 108 as the first coat and 101 on top.

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram for many stories (see below!) with beautiful lime wash combinations like this!   We also have a customer tutorial showing the layered tone on tone look on our Tutorials page.

We provide a highly customized service to help you with your next lime wash project!