Painting Stripes on Walls Made Easy
Time Required: Over 1 day
While painting a room can make for a lively update, creating a striped pattern with paint takes it up a notch. Want to make a small room look more spacious? Try narrow, high-contrast stripes. Wide, neutral-colored stripes will make a tight space seem more expansive.
This guide will show you how to measure, draw the lines, and tape off the wall for your painted vertical stripes.
- Start at the top of the wall and mark every 5 inches with a colored pencil that closely matches the wall color. Move horizontally across the wall. Your measurement can vary depending on how wide you'd like the stripes to be.
- Start measuring opposite the least-seen corner and continue around the room. Allow the stripe to fold around the corner, or adjust your measurements as necessary to end with a stripe in the corner.
- If you are striping a room with four adjoining walls, measure the last 4 feet of the wall and adjust the stripe widths to fit the space. Continue the pattern, making certain that you end with the appropriate colored stripe.
- Tape off using painter's tape along the outside edges of the marks. Press down firmly on the inner edges of the tape.
- You will appear to have two widths of stripes. The wider stripe is the one that should be painted. Make a light “X” on the stripes that should remain in the base coat color to help you keep track.
- After the base coat dries, apply the first coat of accent color with the mini roller. After it dries, apply a second coat if necessary. Remove tape.
- Continue painting stripes until the entire room is completed. Carefully remove all remaining tape as soon as the last coat of paint is applied.