Painting Stripes — How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

Painting Stripes - How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

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  • Paint in desired colors and finishes
  • Painter’s tape (you might need several rolls depending on the size of the room and the number of stripes you’ll be creating).
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Brushes and/or rollers

Where to Paint

Painting Stripes - How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

Depending on the kind of look you want to create you can try this project just about anywhere. An entire room painted in stripes creates a bold look while a single wall creates a great focal point. And a striped ceiling is a very unique and fun look!

If you’re a little nervous of this project and whether or not you’ll like the results try it in a space that you don’t spend too much time in such as a powder room. The small size is less daunting and you likely won’t get sick of it too quickly.

Another great place for a striped feature wall is a kitchen. The look can be quite fun and cheerful and suits the happy disposition of such a cheerful room. It’s also a great look for kids’ bedrooms.

Vertical Stripes vs. Horizontal Stripes

Vertical and horizontal stripes can create two very different looks. Vertical stripes tend to make a room look taller while horizontal stripes can make a room appear wider. Think about the space before you start and figure out which look will suit it best.


The sky’s the limit when it comes to color decisions. If you want something bold you can use two different, contrasting colors. For a subtler and more classic look try using the same color only in different finishes (such as matte and glossy). If you want something really fun try using several different colors and creating a stripe-on-stripe effect (see below for instructions).

The great thing about painting stripes on a wall is that it can be completely customized to suit your taste and your home.

How to Paint Stripes on a Wall

Step 1:

The first thing to do is to paint the entire wall in the lightest color you’re going to be using. Then use a pencil to lightly outline the stripes on the wall. Be sure to use a level to make sure all the lines are even. You can do an even design creating lines that are all the same size, but stripes of varying width can add a lot of interest and depth to your space.

Apply painter’s tape to the pencil lines being sure to use one long length of tape (even the slightest rip or discrepancy in the tape line will be noticeable). Make sure the tape is firmly stuck to the wall.

Step 2:

Paint the stripe color between the lines where desired. Make sure to paint a little over the edge of the tape to ensure you’ve got everything covered. If you’re doing stripes of several colors let each color dry completely before moving on to the next one. Use separate rollers and/or brushes for each color so you don’t have to continuously wash them.

Step 3:

Let all of the paint dry completely. This is very important! Once it’s dry, peel off the tape. Try to pull it off on an angle so the paint doesn’t peel as you remove the tape. If the paint isn’t completely dry it will likely peel.

If that’s all you’re doing you can stop there. To create a stripe-on-stripe effect, continue on to the next step.

Step 4:

To create a stripe-on-stripe effect (or ticking look) you’ll want to go back and repeat steps one and two on top of already painted areas (wherever you would like the new, smaller stripes to go). You may find that in this process you’re painting a light color on top of a dark color. If this is the case you’ll want to be sure to use enough coats to completely cover the base coat. Continue this process until you’ve finished creating the design you desire. Again, be sure to let the paint dry completely before removing the tape. The last thing you want is peeling paint when you’re so close to being finished.

Once all of the tape has been removed stand back and admire your creation!

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