How To Paint Stripes On Your Wall

Painting is a fun and cost effect way to put your stamp on your interior, why not try painting stripes of geometric shapes on your walls for an added wall feature.


Although some people don’t like the process involved with painting walls, it is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to change the look of your home.


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Stripes remain a firm favourite in interiors and they often seen used in interior design across the world.


Why not add a designer element to you interior by painting stripes on the wall.

Read on to find out how easy it is to create this look and how to make it unique.


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TOOLS:

  • Step ladder

  • Paint brushes and paint rollers

  • Paint trays

  • Paint for your design

  • Decorator's sheets

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Ppirit level

  • Laser level if doing horizontal stripes

  • Ruler

  • Paint tape


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DECIDE ON A DESIGN:

Before you buy your paint, first think about the look you want to create.

  1. Horizontal or vertical stripes? Horizontal stripes can open up a room and give the illusion of more space, while vertical stripes can trick the eye into making ceilings seem higher.

  2. Subtle or bold? Are you leaning towards two (or more) hues of the same shade or using contrasting colours of stipe in your scheme?

  3. Wide or thin? How many stripes would you like to see over the full wall. You could even do various widths rather than having them all the same size.

  4. Do you fancy mixing materials up? You could consider doing one part in a rougher paint texture or alternate between flat matt and higher sheen paints such as eggshell or gloss is another way of setting a contrast between your stripes.

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR INTERIOR SCHEME WORKED OUT, IT’S TIME TO BRING IT TO LIFE!


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PREP IS KEY:

Ensure that the surface is properly prepped and the walls are fully dry and clean.

Find more details on prepping your surface in my paint guide, download your copy here.


MEASURE TWICE, PAINT ONCE:

Measure the wall and divide by number of stripes you’ve decided on, this will give you your stripe width – for horizontal stripes measure the width, for vertical ones you need to measure the height before dividing.


TOP TIP - If you want the first and last stripes to be the same colour, divide your wall by an odd number

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MARK OUT YOUR STRIPES:

Start at one edge of the wall and with a pencil, measure and mark the positions of your stripes at the intervals your calculation from the previous step has given you.

Repeat this on the other side of the wall to help guide your line marking. You then need to lightly draw a straight line from one marking to the other with a spirit level for horizontal stripes and a laser level for horizontal lines.


TAPE THE WALL:

Place your decorating tape along your pencil lines, ensure to keep the tape on the same side of each line to achieve an even width on the stripes.


TOP TIP

Seal the edges of tape by running a credit card over the tape to ensure no paint can get in.


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PAINT YOUR STRIPES:

Now we get to the fun part! Use your paint brush or roller and fill in one set of stripes first and then do the next colour. Remember to paint onto the tape to get that crisp and satisfying clean line.

Apply a second coat if required.


REMOVE TAPE:

Pull the tape off at an angle carefully, whilst the paint is still wet.

Removing the tape before the paint has dried won't remove any of the paint. After this remove the tape framing the wall, tidy up your room and allow to fully dry.


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The next morning, make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy your new interior!


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