Here's the step-by-step instruction on painting your walls with pretty stripes. Don't miss the tips and tricks section and our additional color suggestions as well.
In a sophisticated tone-on-tone color scheme or delightfully bright circus-tent colors, stripes add quick interest to plain walls. A steady hand and the proper brush yield a charming hand-painted look. Taping lends the feel of precision, with a crisp line.
The possibilities are seemingly endless when striping a wall. Don't miss our alternate colors and advice as well as the step-by-step photos and instructions. You'll be striping it rich in no time!
The soft shades of green and blue are minty sweet. A blue base coat (Fountain Sprout) provides one stripe; green (Spirit Whisper) forms a second for a pattern that looks more complex than it is.
These stripes are hand-painted along a pencil line to give them a slightly imperfect edge. For a straight line, use painter's tape to mask off the stripes. For bolder stripes, choose brighter colors or a pair with more contrast.
Tone-on-tone variations of the same hue give a wall a subtle, classic look. The sheen also can vary, with one stripe flat and the other glossy.
1. Using a paint roller, base-coat a clean, dry wall with Fountain Sprout; let dry. Apply a second coat if needed and allow to dry. Use painter's tape to mask around doors, windows, the ceiling, and the floor if desired.
2. Measure the width of the stripes. Divide the wall into even increments. The stripes shown here measure 5 inches, but you may need to adjust the width to fit your wall or for the look you want. Using a colored pencil that matches the stripe color, make a light hash mark at each increment.
3. Draw the vertical lines. Using a carpenter's level, lightly extend the hash marks vertically from ceiling to baseboard. Periodically measure the stripes to make sure they remain parallel and even.
4. Cut in the left edge. Cut in along the ceiling with a trim brush and Spirit Whisper. Paint the left edge of the stripe, covering the pencil line. Reload the paintbrush as needed so the color is opaque and even.
5. Fill in the center. Paint the center of the stripe using long, vertical strokes.
6. Cut in the right edge. Edge the right side of the stripe, covering the pencil line. Cut in along the baseboard. Repeat for each remaining stripe. Touch up any uneven spots.
Painter: Patricia Mohr Kramer