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Painting Horizontal Stripes

A single wall painted with horizontal stripes can completely change the look of a room.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Choose an Accent Color

Start by choosing an accent color that blends with your existing wall color. You can combine dark and light tones or use a different shade of the original color. If the woodwork is a different color than the walls, paint the stripes the color of the woodwork. Consider using the original wall color for the stripes but in a different finish, like high gloss stripes on a matte wall.

Step 3: Measure for Stripe Placement

Poster board is great for painting test runs. That way, you can be sure you’re happy with the pattern before you tackle the wall. Try using a laser level to keep your tape straight and level. Measure from the floor up to get the placement of the lowest stripe. One way to figure out how many stripes you’ll need to paint is to divide the height of the wall by the width of the stripes.

Step 4: Mark Off Painting Areas

Mark the not-to-be-painted areas with Xs made of painter’s tape. Paint the edges of the stripes first then the centers. Keep as little paint as possible on your brush to prevent drips.

Step 5: Remove the Tape

As soon as the paint becomes tacky but before it’s completely dry, the tape should be removed. This keeps it from pulling off the new paint. Paint a table or chair in a contrasting color to round out your new look.