With house painting, you don’t have to confine yourself to painting plain, solid colors. While plain colors are appealing, many people still love the look of stripes on their walls.
Stripes can be horizontal or vertical, subtle or bold, symmetrical or mixed. If you’re on a budget but want some extra pizzazz in your room, stripes are the perfect solution.
Painting stripes is often tricky and most people get frustrated with designing, measuring, and prepping the surfaces to prep for painting them. Painting stripes on textured walls is even more challenging. But perhaps the greatest frustration is when you peel off the tape you find those uneven lines or areas where the paint bled through. This can be very frustrating considering the time and the effort it takes to tape.
Decide first on what kind of stripe colors you want to paint for your room. Consider these options:
1. It’s always a safe choice when you paint stripes whose color is just a few shades away from your current wall color. They stripes can be either lighter or darker than the wall color.
2. Stripes with light colors make your room more elegant and modest. They also give the illusion of space especially to a smaller room.
3. Stripes with deeper colors are ideal if you want to make your spacious room seem more enclosed and snug. Deep colors also add drama to the room.
4. Using highly contrasting colors is considered a risk. Well-placed lines of contrasting colors will make a very strong statement, in a good way. Be careful, however, to be sure your room doesn’t end up looking like a circus tent.
Decide on what type of stripes would you want for your room. If you choose vertical stripes, they’ll give the illusion of a taller room. They’ll also add dimension to your room.
If you choose horizontal stripes, they’ll make your room appear wider and more spacious. They’ll also make the walls appear shorter.
Diagonal stripes are more complicated than both vertical and horizontal stripes but they undoubtedly add more interest to your walls. Stripes can be applied on the entire wall, but it is more ideal on accent walls. Diagonal stripes can create an illusion of movement.
Painting stripes doesn’t have to be aggravating if you follow the proper procedures. You need to begin by carefully measuring and leveling the wall on which you’ll paint the stripes. You can start by painting the entire room first and let it dry for an appropriate amount of time.
If you choose do vertical stripes, the most ideal width would be about six inches. You can adjust the width according to your preference.
If you opt for narrow stripes, they’re best for accent walls. If narrow stripes are painted on the entire room, it may end up looking too busy.
For horizontal stripes, the optimal width is about 12 inches. When painting diagonal stripes, they should be broader with the size of the painted surface. You can also do a combination of colors and widths. For example, paint a wide stripe, and add a narrower stripe inside it.
Use a good-quality masking tape to lay out your lines. Remember to press the tape down firmly on the surface to keep paint from seeping underneath the edges.
To paint straight stripes on a textured surface, first paint the entire surface with the base paint color of your choice. Next, use a good quality masking tape to determine the spacing of the stripes. It would be a good idea to mark the location on the surface using a pencil. The tape will eventually be painted with a secondary color which is different from the base color.
Use your fingers to firmly press down on the inner edges of tape. This will make sure that the tape sticks to the lower portions of your textured surfaces.
Using a small brush, apply the base color, in gentle brush strokes, along the edge of the tape. What you are doing is to let a little amount of paint to seep under the masking tape. Once the base paint dries, it seals the line so when the secondary color is applied it won’t leak through. Allow the base paint to dry completely. Next, apply the secondary color inside the tape lines. Carefully and gently peel off the tape before allowing the secondary paint to dry.
Painting crisp lines can be tricky at first, but if you follow the proper steps and practice, you’ll have perfect lines.