Changing the Color or Material of a Single Wall

Reference Number: KB-00005 Last Updated: 10-18-2013 02:13 PM

The information in this article applies to:

Chief Architect Premier or Chief Architect Interiors or Chief Architect Lite


I want to change the color of a single wall in my room to create an accent wall, but when I use the Material Painter tool in a 3D view, it changes the color or material of all the walls in my room. How can I change the color of just a single wall?


The Material Painter will paint the entire room when you try to paint a wall. In the Wall Specification dialog, you can adjust the material of a single wall by going to the Materials panel or by using the Wall Covering panel.

To change the material of an entire wall 


  1. First, use the Select Objects  tool to select the wall that you want to adjust and click on the Open Object  edit tool to display the Wall Specification dialog.  


    You can select the Wall in either a 2D floor plan view, or in a 3D camera view, to open its specification dialog.

    If you are in a 3D camera view, and the entire room highlights first, click on the Next edit button, or press the Tab key on your keyboard to select just the wall itself.

  2. Go to the Materials panel, and select the surface of the wall that you want to change, such as the Interior Wall Surface.

    Remember that when drawing walls in Chief Architect, you want draw in a clockwise fashion so that the exterior surface will display as outward.

    Interior walls have an "Interior" and "Exterior" surface, based on the direction the wall was drawn.

  3. Click on the Library Material button to display the Select Library Object dialog.  

  4. Click the arrows  in the catalog list to browse the various categories available, and expand them to locate the material you want to apply to the wall.  Notice that a display of the selected Material displays to the right in the Select Library Object dialog if you have the Preview and Selection panes active.

  5. Once you have selected the material that you want to use, click OK to close the Select Library Object dialog.

  6. Click OK again in the Wall Specification dialog to apply the change in material or color to the wall.

In some cases, such as when an exterior wall runs the length of several rooms, we may not want to change the material of the entire wall.  Alternately, we may want to apply different colors to several different sections of the same wall to create a striped effect.

If you are in a 3D camera view, return to your 2D floor plan view for the following steps.


To change the material of a section of wall vertically

To apply a different color or material to a section of a given wall, Wall Breaks will need to be placed on either side of the section that we want to change.

  1. To use the Break Wall tool, select Build> Wall> Break Wall  and click on the wall where you want to place the wall break.
    • The Break Wall  tool remains active so you can continue to place as many breaks as needed. When you are finished, select a different tool, such as the Select Objects  tool. 

  2. After you have used the Break Wall  tool to place break points on the wall for separate wall sections, use the instructions above to change the material on just that section of the wall. 


    Note: The Break Wall  tool applies a break in a wall. Once a wall is broken, the two wall segments are separate walls that can be modified independent of each other.

    If a wall break is placed near the intersection of two walls, the break is positioned at the center of the intersection. 

    Walls separated by a break can be rejoined. Select one of the segments, then click on the end edit handle located at the break and drag it a few plan inches (mm) away from the break