Painted stripes add visual interest and style to any room in your house. They can make a once plain and boring room look like it has been given the designer treatment -- without costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars for the actual designer. Faded stripes of blue, orange and brown will create a nice earthy feel that would be great for a relaxing recreational room or even a bedroom.
1. Clean and Prepare the Wall
In order to get even, crisp lines on your walls, you will have to make sure you have a clean, even surface. Depending on the condition of your walls before you start, this may mean that you have to remove old paneling, repair uneven patches in the wall, or sand down old glue or putty after removing wallpaper or other decorative wall treatments. You can choose to paint the entire wall in stripes, or you can install a wainscoting or other wall treatment on part of the wall and then paint the other part.
2. Plan the Paint Order
Darker colors are going to be harder than light colors to cover up and correct if you make a mistake on the wall. Therefore, it's best to paint your lighter colors first. You will need to tape off your wall to paint the lightest color and let it dry completely before moving on to the middle color. You would then paint the middle color's lines and let them dry completely before removing the tape and re-taping for the darkest lines. Each stripe has to have two lines of tape, marking off both sides of it. One piece of tape bleeds into the area for the next stripe, which is why you can't paint all the stripes at once.
3. Prevent Bleeding Paint
One of the biggest issues that home decorators face when painting striped walls is paint bleeding through the tape. There are a couple of things you can do to prevent this. Mark off your stripes with the painter's tape, then use a putty knife to push the paint into the wall all the way down the length of the tape. Use a small paintbrush to paint along that edge with the base color underneath -- the color that is already on the wall. This will seal the tape, and if any paint bleeds through, it will be the color for the adjacent stripe. When that dries, use a small paintbrush to begin painting the color the stripe is supposed to be. Use a small roller to fill in the stripe. When the paint dries, remove your tape and you will have crisp, even lines.
4. Choose Appropriate Accents
A painted wall can be its own decoration. It doesn't need much to complement it, and too many pieces of art or other decorations will make the room look fussy and cluttered. Choose one or two key pieces of artwork to hang on the wall, and be sure the artwork is neutral in color and design. Accents in solid colors work best against a striped wall. In a bathroom, you could consider rolled towels on a shelf. In a hallway, you could place a side table with clean lines. Other rooms would benefit from an oversized piece of statement art. Choose the details that work best for your room and your personal style.
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