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How to Paint Horizontal Stripes on a Wall

Painting wide horizontal stripes on a long wall can give a small room the look and feel of a large area.

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painting wide horizontal stripes on long wall
  • Time

    Two Days

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Measure and Mark the Wall for Stripes

The first step is to take a measurement of the wall (Image 1). For instance, if wall is 91" high divide the height of the wall by five.

Mark the wall every 18 inches (Image 2).

Use a level to mark a straight line on the wall.

Step 2: Tape off the Area for the Stripes

Use painter's tape just below the line marked so you will be able to paint over the pencil mark.

Press the tape edge firmly against the wall to prevent the paint from bleeding.

Pencil mark the stripes that will be painted to eliminate confusion.

tape off area for stripes

Step 3: Apply the Paint and Remove the Tape

Use a paintbrush at edges and roller in the body of the stripes.

Remove painter's tape while paint is wet to avoid paint peeling when dry.

The finished room looks great!

painting wide horizontal stripes on long wall