We all know that a new paint colour can completely transform a tired old room. But by painting stripes on walls, that effect is intensified. It’s a way to introduce a whole palette of inspiring colours and create a graphic effect that makes an unforgettable statement worthy of a top interior designer. It’s an easy look to achieve with our simple step-by-step guide.
- Narrowed it down to a few shades? Try them out with our mess-free and easy-to-use testers to discover your perfect colour combination.
- Apply your background colour first. Once the paint is completely dry, you’re ready to create your stripes.
- Decide on the position of your stripes, then chalk out your lines. Measure down from the ceiling and mark a few dashed pencil lines using the tape measure. Next, rub chalk along a length of string. Stretch the string across the wall and secure it with masking tape at each end. Check the string is straight, then ping it to leave a chalk line across the wall. Repeat for the top and bottom of each stripe.
- Apply a strip of masking tape to each line of chalk, framing the outer edges of your stripes.
- Using your roller and tray, apply the stripes. For a perfect finish, make sure you go just over the edge of the masking tape.
- Wait until the paint is still slightly wet, then peel away the masking tape to reveal your two-tone wall.
Looking for more inspiration for how to paint stripes on a wall? Explore the beautiful horizontal striped wall paint ideas in these stunning rooms:
The horizontal stripes are a bold way to bring colour into a room and make a real statement in your home. Choose the bright but offbeat shades like intense powder pink and mustard yellow, tempered by the soothing tones of Colour of the Year 2020, Tranquil Dawn. This scheme mixes regular stripes at the top of the wall with a solid band of colour on the lower wall, to increase the playful effect. Colourful accessories complete this look.