If you’ve grown tired of painted walls that only use one color, then it’s time for you to start thinking about using painted wall stripes. Paint stripes can add a whole new look to your home. Before you invest your time and money into painted wall stripes, consider which designs you like most.
Two-Tone Horizontal Stripes
Two-tone horizontal stripes let you test the world of painted wall stripes before getting into anything too crazy.
You might even feel more comfortable by starting with one wall. A single wall with two-tone stripes can look great in a room where the other walls only have one color.
To make horizontal stripes, you’ll need to measure the areas and use a pencil to designate where each stripe ends. A laser level will help you keep your lines straight. Put painter’s tape along the pencil mark and press hard to prevent paint from running over.
Be careful when applying each coat. Don’t use too much paint at once. If you do, you could create a mess that drips into the stripes below.
Horizontal Strips With Borders
You can use a similar method to create horizontal stripes with borders between them. Just make sure you measure and block off the interior border stripe. Start at the top of the wall and work your way down.
You might need a smaller brush for the border lines.
Making Vertical Stripes
Vertical stripes can make rooms feel taller than they really are. It’s also a little easier to make vertical stripes because you don’t have to worry as much about the colors bleeding together.
Still, you need to mark the lines accurately and use painter’s tape to guide your brush. Keep your coats as even as possible. You don’t want one part of the wall to look darker than the others.
Use as Many Colors as You Want
Since many paint and home supply stores sell small cans of paint, you can add as many colors as you want to your home. Ask for color swatches or samples before you commit to anything. You can even use imaging software like Photoshop to see what your room will look like after you’ve added the stripes.