How to paint stripes on walls like a pro!
If you want to paint stripes on walls, I can understand that, it’s beautiful. Providing you know how to do it right. Here is a technique that will help you getting it done without having to call in a pro that would cost a lot more. Paint is inexpensive and a great way to add to your home decor.
So let’s get started to give a stylish and fashionable look to your decor
First you need to show some patience in this process, rushing will get you nowhere. Then you need the right tools and in one morning you will have a whole new wall decor.
Before you begin have a good idea of where you want to place the stripes. You just cannot slap a stripe just about anywhere without thinking. A single stripe can attract attention to a precise spot in the room, it can accentuate a piece of furniture, a window… It can create a surprise effect, if it placed strategically, for example facing the door.
It can add rhythm to a long room, it can be used as a back drop for a sofa or the head of a bed.
It can be used to make a door disappear in a trompe l’oeil effect.
Regardless of size or color, think about the effect you want to accomplish. A large stripe will be have a more forceful impact but it will shrink a room, a narrow vertical stripe will make the ceiling seem higher.
So what size? How will you not make a mistake?
Here are a few tips to paint stripes on walls:
To make a door disappear into the wall in a true trompe l’oeil technique, paint up to the frame if there is a moulding, or add 2” on each side in the absence of moulding.
To set off a sofa or bed, extend the stripe by about 8” on each side, for a smaller piece of furniture about 6”.
Now you have made a decision and you are faced with the actual painting.
Choose the right tools
- A plumb line
- Painting tape (masking tape)
- A large flat paint brush and a roller
Using the plumb line that you attached at the top of the wall with a thumb tack, stick the painting tape in place, and press it well to ensure good adhesion.
With the paint brush paint from the tape towards the center of the stripe (this is to ensure that the lines will be neat without paint slipping under the tape). Then paint with the roller until you have a very uniform coat. You can apply a second coat if needed but wait until the first one is dry. (Time between coats depends on paint manufacture, make sure to follow the directions).
When the second coat is dry to touch but before it is “cured” (that means before it is completely dry) remove the tape starting at the base of the wall with an upward motion, slowly but evenly with a sure movement. If there are a few spots you can touch them up with a small paint brush as found in school supplies, using small pieces of tape to block areas as needed.
That’s it, all you need to do is repeat the process if you want more stripes. I told you it takes patience, but it’s worth the trouble. Good luck!
A couple of reminders
- Paint the lighter color on the entire wall first, let it dry thoroughly then paint the stripes.
- If you paint stripes on an existing color, make sure you have a little of the original paint should you have to touch up.
- A stripe does not have to be static.