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.