The truth is that you can easily paint straight and beautiful stripes on your own. Here are a few tips to help you paint stripes and avoid any decorative disasters.
Choose your stripes
Your first step is to choose the right kind of stripes. First of all, you can pick between vertical and horizontal. If you’d like your room to look more spacious, choose horizontal ones. For rooms with low ceilings, vertical stripes will create an illusion of the ceiling appearing higher than it actually is. All in all, the stripes you choose will add to the perceived dimension and size of the room – while horizontal stripes give the illusion of a larger room, vertical ones will make it look higher.
Prepare your supplies
What will you need to paint your stripes? Choose two different paint colors – one will serve as your base coat and the other will be used for stripe pattern. You can of course choose to paint your stripes in more than one color, but make sure all your shades match. Another interesting combination is a tone on tone painting when you take the same color for your base and stripes, but choose different sheens.
You’ll also need tape – it’s best to buy a width of 1 or 2 inches. Make sure it’s a low tack and safe release one to help you with your task. You’ll also need a 9 inch roller frame and cover, a mini roller frame with cover, a roller pan with liner, a pencil, colored pencil or chalk to mark the lines for your stripes, as well as a tape measure with a straight edge.
Apply the base coat
When you’ve got all your supplies ready, make sure you clean the room well and cover the floors in plastic foil before beginning to paint. Choose the lighter of two colors and paint your base coat on the wall. Aim for an even look. Avoid using too much paint in selected spots – you’ll need your entire painted wall to dry at the same time. For best results, you should let the paint dry overnight, but if you’re in a hurry, 4 hours should be enough.
Measure your stripes
Once you’ve given the base coat lots of time to dry, you can begin your measurements. First things first, you should measure the wall. Start from the corner which is least likely to be seen when the room is complete. Next up, you’ll need to divide the wall in sections ranging from 4 inches to 12 inches.
Why those measurements? The truth is that stripes which are less than 4 inches will be too narrow and create a cluttered look on the wall. If you choose to paint stripes that are wider than 12 inches, you risk creating a design that looks too wide and heavy. It’s a good idea to place the first strip of tape or mark in an obscure corner where you began to measure your wall.
Make good use of your tape
After measuring the wall, place a strip of tape across the length of the wall to measure out each section and mark the tape. Your wall should be marked with lines corresponding to the width of stripes you’d like to paint. This way you won’t have to measure each stripe as you tape the wall.
If all your stripes will be of the same width, it’s best to simply measure the wall and then divide it by that number. Alternatively, you can measure the wall and divide it by an odd number to get the required stripe width.
If you choose to paint an odd number of stripes, you’ll make sure that stripes in the corners are of the same color. This is something that will help your design to look more cohesive. Of course, if you plan to paint all your walls in stripes, you’ll need to adjust your measurements accordingly.
Paint your stripes
Once all the strips of tape are in place, use something with a flat edge (for instance a level or straight edge) to seal the tape against the wall and create an outline for your stripes. You’re ready to paint your stripes now!
Since you’ll be painting only every other stripe, make sure that you tape out the pattern so that every other stripe is outlined by the tape. When taping, make sure you do it outside the chalk line – you don’t have to worry about them, the new coat of paint will cover them. In fact, if you decide to use chalk for making the lines, you should choose blue instead of colors like yellow or red which are permanent.
What to do if your measurements don’t work out perfectly?
Remember that any small difference is very unlikely to be noticed. After all, you started in that obscure corner of the room which is least likely to be spotted by visitors. If you’d like to be more precise, you can adjust the width of your stripes on the last wall. But don’t stress yourself out – a 1/4 to 1/2 inch of difference won’t be visible to the eye.
Follow these steps and you’ll be able to add a fresh look to your interiors with your very own colorful stripes.
About the author:
Carol Williams is part of the team behind http://www.orangesonline.com – fruit shippers from Florida. She is a DIY decor and interior design enthusiast developing her passion wherever and whenever she can. She is also passionate about writing and sharing her insights and decorative experience with others.