While it never hurts to give the rooms of your house a fresh coat of paint, you don’t just have to paint them a solid color. In fact, a creative way to update a room is by painting a stripe pattern onto the walls, and it’s surprisingly easy for anyone to accomplish.
This project can go a long way toward making small rooms look even more spacious, using high-contrast, narrow stripes alongside neutral-colored, wider ones to give the impression of expansion. If this DIY project is for you, our guide will demonstrate how to measure, draw lines, and tape your walls off for a set of vertical, painted stripes. Without further ado, let’s get started!
Tools and Supplies
- Painter’s tape
- Stripe paint
- Roller plus 9-inch cover
- Paint tray
- Drop cloth
- 2-inch trim brush, tapered
- 4-inch roller cover, mini
- Color pencil
- Stir sticks
Directions for Painting Stripes on Walls
- Before painting, you must measure the wall horizontally. Begin at the ceiling (or however tall the stripe will be on the wall) and make marks at five-inch intervals using a color pencil closely matching your wall’s color. Remember, move along the wall horizontally—measurements can vary based on how wide the stripes will be.
- When marking, begin measuring opposite of the corner of the room that is least seen and continue from there. Allow stripes to fold around corners, or you can adjust measurements when necessary to ensure a stripe ends up in the corner.
- Note: If the room you’re striping has four contiguous walls, measure the wall’s last four feet and adjust the stripes’ widths in order to properly fit the space.
- Once you’ve finished with your horizontal marks, you must now draw the vertical lines, which is where your strips of painter’s tape will end up. Extend every stripe vertically using your color pencil and level.
- Tape off the walls using your painter’s tape along your marks’ outside edges. Firmly press down on the tape’s inner edges to ensure a straight stripe. There will appear to be two separate widths of stripes—the widest stripes are the ones that will be painted over. Make light “X’s” on the stripes that are to keep the base color coat, which should help to keep track of everything.
- Paint a base coat of your wall’s color onto the stripes to avoid the accent color bleeding through the tape.
- Once your base coat has dried, apply your first coat of the accent color using your mini roller. Once that has dried, paint on a second coat if required. Remove the painter’s tape.
- Keep painting on stripes until you’ve completed the entire room. Remove all of the remaining tape, carefully, once you have applied your last coat of paint.
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