If You Want to Paint Stripe Walls in Your Home, Use These Steps

Home Improvement

It’s easy to paint stripes on walls as long as you have the right tools and a positive attitude. Why spend money on a house painter when you can do it yourself?

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Here are seven easy steps on how to paint stripes on walls:

  1. Prepare your materials and tools. To start off, get all the tools and materials needed to do your own wall-painting.

Paint materials

If you don’t have a straightedge, you can always improvise by using a meter stick. Common interior paint finishes would be flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. However, high-gloss is not recommended for striped paint because the gloss itself draws too much attention. Satin and semi-gloss is well-suited to be paired with flat or eggshell paint for the wall stripes. Alternating flat and glossy stripes add dimension to a room. The safer option though is to pair flat with flat.

  1. Decide on vertical or horizontal stripes. Horizontal stripes make a room appear more spacious; vertical stripes make the ceiling appear higher. Choose the stripes that best suit the room space. Leave diagonal stripes for now, and do them once you master the art of measurements.
  1. Paint base coat and then dry. First, paint the base coat on the walls. The base coating will be one of the stripes. Use a flat paint that is similar to the stripe to be painted on. It’s also important that the base coat dry for at most 48 hours before you start working on the stripes. Base coating should be the flat one if you want to alternate flat with glossy.
  1. Measure and mark the walls. Recommended width of every stripe is between 4” to 12″ wide. This range makes the stripes not too narrow and not too wide. Also, measure the whole length and width of the wall first so you can evenly distribute the stripes in the whole wall. If you have a straightedge or meter stick, you can trace the lines with a chalk or pencil. If not, just mark the edges of the wall. Use a straightedge to make sure your lines are perfectly vertical or horizontal.
  1. Tape the wall along the markings. You can paint striped walls without bleeding as long as you have a painter’s tape. Tape the area that you want to retain the color, not the area you are supposed to paint over. Make sure that the tape’s edge is fully sticking to the wall without any air bubbles so paint won’t seep under the tape.

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  1. Apply second paint. Paint over edge of tape so linings are straight. Use a paint roller with roller pan if your stripes are wider. A decorator’s brush is recommended for narrow lines. Make sure that the chalk/pencil markings are also painted over.
  1. Remove tape. The second paint doesn’t need to be fully dry before removing the tape. For glossy paint, there is a tendency that the paint line is damaged the moment the tapes are removed. To get crisp, straight lines, remove the tape prior to the second paint fully drying.

Just a reminder: no one wants a house full of stripes. Try to combine plain wall sheens with striped painting to give variety to a room’s overall interior. Limit the picture frames and hanging decorations on a striped wall since the wall itself is already eye-catching. Also, color combinations should be of low contrast (same color but different shade), unless you want to recreate a circus inside your home.

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