Have a look at this link, number four “French country decor for walls”- http://www.dreamhomedecorating.com/french-country-decor.html
I have seen this decorative paint treatment before, generally in French country interiors and specifically at this beautiful renovation job which has featured in numerous French, American & UK magazines-see link-
Basically, there are two shades used, lighter above and darker below, and sometimes a contrast narrow band of paint separates the two . I had already tentatively marked out our little entrance hall and the first stairway with what seems to be the typical line of around about 1/3rd wall height, but have hung back a little over adding the narrow border in case it looks too much chez nous. I have also wrestled with myself over whether using broken paint effects is in the spirit of the place.
I have been in a quandary about whether or not to fit skirting/base boards in salon. I am not convinced that they will work in here and certainly not on the stairwells, though Trev struggles to envisage any space without them.
The answer to all three dilemmas appeared when I stripped this bit of the front salon wall back through seven layers of wallpaper to the original lime plaster from early 1800’s.
There, clearly, are remnants of a broken paint effect in two shades of blue and off-white, with a carmine red/bronzy shade at floor level, around 10″ deep. You can just about see a trace of the narrow dividing border between the two colours. (Right hand side has dried out ) At last, justification ( I know, why do I need it this time in France when I haven’t in previous projects?) that a painted skirting will work at this height in here and I can go ahead with my layered paint/wax effects with the decorative strip .
Blue/grey too cold in here for me so will go ahead with straw and bronzy/pinky/red/taupe at base. Another colour that exists only in my fevered brain!
I am so taken with this raw area under the window that I just might keep it as a reminder of an earlier layer of history here.