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A Shot of Color

How to Paint Stripes, Chevrons, Blocks and More (page 3 of 6)

Learn the secrets for creating straight lines, even patterns and cohesive designs on your walls.

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How to Calculate Vertical Stripes

"After the base coat is dry, measure the wall, starting in the corner that's the least seen," explains Jackie. "Use a tape measure to mark the lines corresponding to the width of the stripes. If your stripes are going to be the same width, measure the wall and divide by that number, or measure the wall and divide by an odd number to reach a desired stripe width. An odd number of stripes will ensure the stripes at the corners are the same color. This makes the design more cohesive."

Courtesy of Sherwin Williams