How to Paint a Stripe Wall

How to Paint a Stripe Wall

[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi, I’m interior
designer Tracy Metro and welcome to the
Dunn-Edwards Paints’s “How to Paint” video series. Today, we’re going to show
you how to paint stripes. Wall striping is a very simple
technique and a wonderful way to add dimension and excitement
to any style of room. And because we’re using
paint, the possibilities are virtually endless. You decide how bold or subtle,
how formal or laid-back, how basic or sophisticated
the stripes will be, depending on the colors,
direction, size, and pattern that you choose. But have you ever looked really
closely at a painted strip and notice that the stripe
doesn’t actually look perfect? It drives me crazy. Well, that’s probably
because the paint seeped under the masking
tape when it was painted, which made the stripe look
really sloppy once the tape was removed. Well, let me tell you something. That is not happening here. In this video, I’m going to
show you step by step how to paint wall stripes with the
sharpest cleanest lines humanly possible. Plus, I’ll throw in a
few tips and tricks just to make the job even easier. So the first step
in painting stripes is to choose the
direction you’d like your stripes to be painted. Typically, horizontal
stripes make the room appear more spacious,
while vertical stripes make the ceiling appear higher. And diagonal stripes? Well, those tend to create the
illusion of movement in a room and work best on an
accent wall only and not around the entire room, as
that could get wacky visually. So once you’ve selected the
direction of your stripes, then you need to determine
the colors and the pattern. The possibilities for
this are infinite, but here are three approaches
that always work great. Number one approach, pull a
color combo from something that’s already in the room. It can be from a fabric
like upholstery or a pillow. It can come from a
painting or a picture or even from one of your
favorite knickknacks. So for example, in
this room, if we were to use the throw
back there on the chair, we could pull out a
pink or an orange. This method is as easy
as painting by numbers, but do consider
tweaking the value and intensity of
the colors if needed to prevent the striped wall
from completely overpowering your inspiration piece. This second approach that
I want to tell you about is to use a variation
of the same paint color. And the easiest
way to do this is to pick your colors from the
same paint chip or paint strip. Neighbouring shades
will look really beautiful and subtle when
they’re used together. Or if you want a more
visible contrast, keep the colors at
least two shades apart. Now, the third approach
is a very elegant one. You paint both stripes
the exact same color, but with different sheens. For example, one
stripe would be flat, while the other is glossy. Let me tell you something–
this looks utterly elegant and understated. And what’s neat is
that people won’t even notice the variation at first. But then, with
lighting or depending on where they’re
standing, the stripes will fade away and reappear. They truly are magical. Now, because this family room
is on the more compact side, we’ve chosen to do
horizontal stripes on the accent wall behind me. And we’re going to be
using Dunn-Edwards Cool December in velvet
as the base color and Dunn-Edwards Mint
Chiffon in semi-gloss as our second stripe. See, we’re playing with
both color and sheen, you see what I mean? The options really
are limitless. And these two tones together
will reflect the beachy feel of this house and we’ve
used a picture frame as our inspiration. Now, it’s time to move on to
the fun part, the painting. But before you
start, we actually do have to have some supplies. So here’s what you’re going
to need– a campus drop cloth, two-inch low-tech
self-release masking tape, a nine-inch roller frame,
a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch nap roller cover, a mini roller
frame and cover, a mini roller tray with liner, a tape measure,
a laser level, and a pencil. You’re also going to need a
two-gallon bucket to mix paint and some stir sticks. So what you’re
going to want to do is “box,” which is really just
a fancy word for mix multiple gallons. So you’re going to want to
box multiple gallons of paint together to ensure that your
paint has a consistent color. And finally, make sure
that you have a step ladder to reach those high-up areas. Oh, and you’re also going
to need some wiping cloths to clean up any spills– I’m
always spilling something– and I also like to keep
a 5-in-1 tool handy because it’s great for
opening paint cans. And don’t forget the
Dunn-Edwards Premium Interior Paint. So now that you have all your
painting supplies at the ready, it is time to start painting
the base coat on the walls. Now, for stripes, the base coat
is really, really important because it is actually going
to be one of the stripes. But before you paint,
remember, preparation is the key to any
good paint job. If the prep work is done
right, the painting is easy. See our “Prepping a
Room for Painting” video in
to find out what tools and supplies you’ll need and
there are also tips on how to prep a room properly. So now that we’ve properly
prepped our room for painting, let’s get some
paint on the walls. And we’re going to take our Cool
December color in the velvet sheen and I’m going
to completely paint up this wall behind me. Once you’ve completed
painting out the room, you’re going to want
to let it dry overnight and then paint your
stripes tomorrow. See you then. Well, now that the base
coat is completely dry, it’s time to figure out
the size of your stripes. Now, ideally, stripes should
be between 4 and 12 inches in width. Anything less than four
inches tends to be too narrow and looks really
busy, while stripes that are larger
than 12 inches tend to look clunky and too heavy. And sometimes, if
you’re lucky, your room will actually tell you
what size stripes it wants and this is one of those cases. Now, because this room has
a header right back there that measures exactly
11 and 1/2 inches, we’ve decided to make our
horizontal stripes that size. So start by measuring the wall. And when I see “the wall,” I
mean the height of the wall. In this case, we have 96 inches. Next, divide the wall by
the width of the stripe that you want, in this
case, 11 and 1/2 inches. So we will get eight
11 and 1/2 stripes and then we’ll fudge the bottom
stripe to be 15 and 1/2 inches. Now, don’t worry. You won’t even notice
the difference here because it’ll be hidden
behind the furniture that’s against that wall. Also, we’re painting
the base molding the exact same color used on
the walls throughout the room. All righty. So now, let’s start mapping
out our stripes on the wall. So since we’re using the width
of this header for our stripes, let’s mark the width of all the
stripes on this corner using a pencil and a tape measure. Here’s what you do. Make a pencil mark
every 11 and 12 inches all the way down the wall. Make the pencil marks
just large enough so that you can see them easily. Next, use a laser level
from your pencil mark to create a straight line. Now, I personally like this
kind of a suction laser level that you can find at
any hardware store, because it so easily
sticks to the wall. Now, once your beam
is on the wall, very carefully place
your tape on the beam, making sure to place your tape
on the correct side of the beam for the stripe to be painted. Finally, continue to work your
way all the way down the wall. Here’s a Tracy’s tip for you. Use little pieces of tape as
reminders for the stripes– so in this case, Cool December. And these are the stripes
that you won’t be painting. Remember, that’s our base color. And if you want
to be really good, write the other color name,
in this case, Mint Chiffon, on the pieces of tape that
are stuck in the other area. Make sense? So now that we
have our tape down, it’s time to seal
the tape edges so that no paint seeps underneath. Now, most folks make the
mistake of burnishing the tape with a burnisher
or a credit card. And basically,
what that means is that they rub the
tape on the wall and they think that that’s
enough to create a great seal. But what you actually want
to do is paint the stripe with the base color first. And remember, our color is
Dunn-Edwards Cool December in the velvet sheen. So we’re going to paint
that onto the tape seal to avoid any gaps underneath
so we can get the cleanest lines possible. Once the base coat
has dried, you can paint your
other stripe color. In this case, it’s
the Mint Chiffon in the semi-gloss sheen,
which will really stand out from the white stripe. Now, one coat of
paint should be enough but if your second stripe color
is much lighter than the base coat, you may need to do two. Now, most people think
that you should actually wait for the second
coat of paint to dry before moving
the tape, but that’s actually not what you should do. What’s recommended
is once you’ve finished painting your
second color stripe, to very slowly remove
the tape from the wall by pulling at a 45-degree angle. Pull slowly to avoid
any adhesion problems. Look at how
beautiful and might I add perfect those stripes are. It really does make the
room feel super beachy. Well, if you need help painting
stripes in your very own home, head on over to your
neighborhood Dunn-Edwards Paints store. For Dunn-Edwards Paints, I’m
Tracy Metro and happy painting.

7 thoughts on “How to Paint a Stripe Wall

  1. Wow thank you very informative I painted the room of my two sons with lines and I don't know that theirs a laser to make lines it give me a hard time to draw the lines accurate.

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