If the room you’d like to paint is on the small side, you might like to know about this simple trick that creates the illusion of more space. All you have to do is learn how to paint stripes on a wall. Here’s how you go about it.
Vertical striped wall paint ideas
Older houses tend to have high ceilings, which give each room a real sense of space and scale. If you live in a more modern, low-ceilinged home, you might be wondering what you can do to make your rooms feel more spacious. The answer is to paint vertical stripes. Adding vertical lines to the walls has the effect of elongating the room upwards, making the space feel taller.
Watch how to paint a simple vertical stripe effect below.
To paint vertical stripes on a wall, you will need...
Key tied to a length of string
Roller and roller tray
Small paint brush
Your chosen paints
Step 1: Masking
First things first. You need to mask off and protect everywhere that you don’t want to paint, specifically the skirting boards, door frames and windowsills.
Step 2: Get your roller ready
Pour your background colour into your roller tray. Roll your roller in the paint to coat it evenly, then apply a first coat to the wall.
Step 3: Measure up
Once your first coat is dry, measure to the centre of your wall and mark the centre point with your chalk.
Step 4: Chalk up the string
Take a piece of string the length of the wall and run your chalk up and down it until the string is completely covered in chalk.
Step 5: Ping the string
Next, tape your string to the top of the wall, right in the middle. Pull it taught by holding on to the key you attached to the other end of the string. When it’s tense, pull the middle of the string to ‘ping’ a straight line of chalk onto the wall.
Step 6: Mask off the stripes
Using the chalk line as a guide, run masking tape down the wall in vertical lengths. Cover the whole wall with tape, then peel away every other strip of tape to leave stripes.
Step 7: Apply another coat of your background colour
Paint over all the exposed stripes with another coat of your background colour – then leave it to dry. Trust us, you’ll soon have beautifully crisp lines to be proud of!
Step 8: Paint over with your stripe colour... and reveal
Once dry, use your roller to apply your stripe colour. Paint over the entire wall, leave it to dry, then peel away the remaining strips of masking tape to reveal your new, beautifully stripy wall.
Painting horizontal stripes widens the room
If you’d like to open up your room, read on to learn how to paint horizontal stripes on a wall. The trick here is not to create too many stripes. You want a look that’s simple and stylish but doesn’t overpower the space. Here we’ve gone for a slim horizontal stripe in White Cotton, which cuts through the Pistachio Crème wall paint. Notice also how we’ve run the stripe around the corner of the wall, too. This is a neat way of widening your room out even further.
Diagonal stripes add a dash of fun
There’s no rule that says you have to paint stripes across the whole room. Sometimes, painting stripes on the walls is simply a way to add visual interest. Take this children’s playroom. Here, Steph used diagonal stripes to add a fun and playful side to the space and zone off a little reading corner in the room.