I love stripes. I think every room should have a little stripe in it, albeit in a pillow, decorative object or how about creating a statement by painting stripes on your walls? All are great ways to add that touch of haberdashery into your space, but today let’s focus on striping your walls with a little paint…
When Can I Paint Stripes on My Walls?
Not all spaces can handle striped walls. Smaller rooms are best suited for striped walls, either as an accent wall or all around patterning. We’re not usually big fans of accent walls here at GHID, however we do occasionally enjoy a striped accent wall as a means of creating a statement ie: behind a bed, in a kitchen nook or entry foyer area.
As a general rule of thumb, if your space is really large and you have tall ceilings I would stray away from striping a wall, or the room in general, to lessen the risk of your space looking like a circus tent.
10 Tips on Painting Stripes on Your Walls:
Painting stripes on your walls can be a tricky little DIY project, so you may want to look into hiring your painter to do the job for you, however if you’re looking to tackle this project on your own, here are a few tips that will help you complete the job with more accuracy and ease.
Step 1: Choose a Stripe Design
Do you want your stripes to run vertically or horizontally? What size of stripes do you want? What colors are you thinking of using? If you’re having a hard time deciding, I would recommend visiting houzz to research a little and see what kinds of stripes/designs you’re most attracted to.
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
- Measuring tape
- Painter’s tape
Step 3: Prep Work
Like any painting project, prepping for the job is key. Be sure to take the time to measure twice and tape once – any line that isn’t straight will be very noticeable, so take your time during this prep phase. It’ll be worth it.
First paint a base coat on the walls; for stripes that’s really important because the base coat will be one of the stripes. Use a flat paint that is exactly the same color as the stripe to be painted on. It’s also important that the base coat dry for 48 hours before you start to work on the stripes.
Step 4: Measure and Mark the Walls
After the base coat is completely dry, begin measuring and marking the walls for the stripes. Measure the wall, starting in the corner that’s least seen.
Next, divide the wall into your desired size of stripes. Larger stripes are a great way to add a big impact, whereas pinstripes are a little more subtle and subdued.
Step 5: Make a ‘Tape’ Measure
Make a “tape legend” for easy measuring. First tear off a strip of low-tack painter’s tape, 4′ to 6′ long. Stick it to the wall for easy handling and using a tape measure, mark it with dots corresponding to the width of the stripes you wish to paint. This will keep you from having to measure each stripe as you tape the wall.
Step 6: Press the Strip of Tape to the Wall
Place the end dot on the tape you’ve already applied to the wall and press the strip to the wall.
Next, use a laser level to shoot a beam onto the second dot; pull the tape loose at that point. The beam from the level will show you exactly where to place the next strip of tape. (You can rent or buy a laser level. Just set it up in the middle of the room and you can turn it so it hits every wall as you work your way around the room.)
Tip: Remember that because you will be painting only every other stripe, you’ll need to tape out the pattern so that every other stripe is outlined by the tape. Make sure to tape outside the chalk line; fresh paint will cover up the lines.
Tip: You can also make the lines with a chalk line. Use blue chalk because red or yellow is a permanent color.
Step 7: Adjust the Width
It’s unlikely that the measurements will work out perfectly. Any small differences won’t be seen, however, because you started in an obscure corner. If you want to be more exact, adjust the width of the stripes on the last wall. A 1/4″ to 1/2″ difference won’t be visible to the eye.
Step 8: Burnish the Wall
Burnish wall with burnisher (a credit card works too) to seal the tape edges so no paint seeps underneath the tape.
Step 9: Paint Over the Tape
Paint over the tape line with a semigloss paint, making sure to cover the entire area of each stripe (anything missed will show up as a contrast in sheens). One coat should be enough.
Step 10: Remove the Tape
This has to be the most rewarding part of all your meticulous planning, prepping and painting. Once you’ve painted the wall and allowed the paint to dry, remove the tape, angling away from the freshly painted area as you pull. And voila, your walls are striped!
Painted Striped Walls:
Here are a few of our favorite striped walls…