Apply the Base Color
Determine the width and direction of the stripes, keeping them in proportion to the room. Narrow stripes in a large room get lost and wide stripes in a small room look out of proportion.
By alternating between flat and semi-gloss paints, you can create a dramatic look. Painting the base color 24 to 48 hours before striping will allow the flat paint to cure.
Once dry, you can decide the width of your stripes, keeping them 4 to 12 inches apart. Marking dots on the walls as you measure will make taping easier. Don’t forget to tape off the ceiling and baseboards. Creating a tape legend with painter's tape that is marked with the desired width of stripes can help reduce the amount of measuring needed.