Whether a sophisticated tone-on-tone color scheme or a delightful blend of bright hues, striped walls add bold interest to plain spaces. Plus, the pattern is easy to recreate with just a few affordable materials and your favorite paint colors.
While a steady hand and the proper brush can yield a charming hand-painted look, we recommend using painters tape to create crisp lines. Before you begin, grab some of your favorite paint samples, and test them out prior to painting stripes.
Plan to keep stripe colors similar in value. For a high-end look, use closely related hues of the same color—two shades of tan or three shades of blue, for example. A high-contrast striped wall can be used successfully in small areas, such as below a chair rail or on an accent wall.
In addition to color, consider the design of your stripes. Vertical stripes can make a wall look taller, a desirable effect for most rooms. Similarly, horizontal stripes can make a short wall appear wider, causing the entire room to seem larger. The width of the stripe is key, too. Wide stripes in a small room might be overpowering but stylishly suit larger settings.
Now that you have your paint colors and pattern picked out, follow our simple steps to learn how to paint stripes. Coupled with expert advice, you’ll have crisp, clean wall stripes in no time.