Painted stripes can be an easy way to add character to a space with very little money. Stripes are versatile and range in size from pinstripes to larger stripes. Here is how it is done........
Make Stripes With Tape
I personally like to work with an steel square to make sure that the tape you apply is straight. Simply align one side of the ruler against the ceiling and draw a line.
When I painted my own stripe wall, half the battle is just making sure the tape you apply is straight. What I found to be helpful is for your second line, (using measurements off your first line) is to make three marks on the wall. One at the top, one in the middle, and one close to the bottom. Measure off the previous line, and work your way around the room.
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The easiest way is to use a laser level. Simply line up your tape up with the vertical laser line working your way down the wall moving the laser level as you work your way around the room.
Number Of Colors
You can do your stripes in a number of colors. Some of the prettiest designs involve just two colors. Consider whether you want something bold, or complementary and subtle. Working with two like colors can be serene, and gentle, while even choosing one bold color for a stripe can be playful.
The simplest way to paint 2" stripes is to paint the room, let it dry for 24 hours, and then apply masking tape at intervals. Once the masking tape is set in place you can then apply paint to the walls with the second stripe color. When each section or wall is almost dry, remove the tape for a clean line.
The Best Masking Tape
A great to use for this project is 3M's blue tape which is made just for painting. It is an easy release tape which will make clean lines with a minimum of bleeding. Be sure to rub down the edge of the tape to ensure a tight bond. One painters secret to removing tape, is to pull gently at a 45 degree angle from the surface.
Lighter Coats Of Paint Work The Best
The trick to crisp lines is lighter coats. Apply a lighter coat of paint on your tape. You can even start by brushing a coat of paint on with a brush, which you can let dry, and apply a thin coat of paint with your roller. Avoid heavy coats which creates ridging at the tape.
- Vertical striped tend to create the illusion of high ceiling.
- Consider using stripes on a throw rug. Use painters tape and spray paint to liven up an old area rug!
- Narrow stripes on walls can create more formal, kids rooms, while wider stripes tend to appear more playful in bold room colors.
Striped Wall Ideas For Your Kids Room- Decorpad
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Painted Floors From Better Homes And Gardens Magazine
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Washi Tape Wall Via Ann Kelle
Green Stripe Room Seen On The Boo And The Boy Blog
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Beautiful nursery by Sara Gilbane
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Paint wall with background color (which will remain as stripes between the diamonds). Next, cut out paper diamonds. Then use the diamond, and measure to keep the pattern consistent. It often wants to slope this way or that. Next use painter’s tape to mark every line. Paint one color at a time in its appropriate place throughout the entire wall. Then move on to the next until all of the diamonds have been painted!