How to paint stripes in a room

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Updated: 7/06/2012 4:15 pm Published: 7/05/2012 1:21 pm

This method of bringing in a new detail or making a space feel fresher, sportier or more grand is really taking off right now. Striping can add visual height to a room or visual width. It can help you create a hip vibe or give you a great backdrop for classic styling such as a French Provence look.

What are the different striping looks?

"A wide, even stripe is classic. It works great in a French styled room or a more feminine look. Varigated or uneven width striping is much more active and young, Jackie Brown, Interiors by Jackie Brown said. "This look is great for a teen’s room or in a basement playroom. Horizontal striping, versus vertical striping can really make a room feel more broad. Consider a collection of three stripes running just above eye level in three similar but different colors to create interest in a room that may not have a lot of architectural character."

"Striping can also be used to create a faux (or false) wainscoting or a chair rail look. (Show purple/tan image) It can also be used to highlight or “frame” a window or other niche feature in your room."

Any other ways we can use striping?

"Chevron patterns are super hot right now, and it’s just a more complicated stripe. If you are doing an accent wall, find the center and work outward. Remember, it may not be even when you get to the ends of the walls. Pencil, ruler, level, tape and patience are all you need," Brown said. "Don’t forget you can incorporate striping in accessories too using the same methods….like these vases and pillows."

Jackie Brown provides a step-by-step guide to creating your own striped look:

First put down the base coat to the wall as recommended on the paint can. I would give it a whole extra day to dry and cure so that the taping for the stripes will not peel off the base coat. Second, measure out in pencil (NOT PEN or MARKER!) where you want the stripe. Remember that most walls are NOT square, and it’s best to pick a point on the wall and level from that point instead of leveling from the ceiling or floor. Third, lay out your tape on the outer edges of the stripe and press with a cloth covered utility knife to be sure it’s secure. Next, if it’s a textured wall, I like to fill in any tape gaps with the base color…just one coat will get in those cracks and give you a crisp line. After that dries, roll on the first coat of striping paint. Per the paint instructions, after you roll on the second coat, slowly remove the tape in a downward motion to give you a crisp line. I always recommend removing the tape when the second coat is damp but use caution.

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