Painting Stripes on Walls - Are You Up for the Challenge?

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Painting stripes on walls can makeover the look, style, size, shape and even feel of a room. A friend of mine had a very boring apartment in an expensive part of town. Thick soft pale blue and ivory painted striped walls in the bedroom changed all of that. It gave the room a luxurious and expensive feel that set it apart. This post has tips and guidelines on choosing the right paint colors, stripe direction and stripe width to take your home decorating to the next level using this simple painting technique. 

Striped walls are not as popular because they became fairly common. But use them well, use them with a twist and they can be more effective than tiles or expensive wallpaper. Let's start with color.

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Choosing Wall Stripes Colors

Color is very important when it comes to painting stripes on walls. Your goal is to create contrast between the two colors you have selected for impact to create a timeless look. Your contrast can range all the way from subtle to deeply intense. A lot will depend on your personal taste, your home and your home decorating.

broad black and white stripes

Gray and white, and black and white are still the most popular for painting stripes on walls but I think deep emerald-green or sea green with white or ivory would make a great combination, and of course, baby blue/gray or deep navy with ivory. The deeper colors if you want drama and the softer shades if you want a subtle peaceful room.

How to Paint Stripes on Wall Without Bleeding

There are a lot of tutorials showing you how to create perfectly edged stripes, so I won't go into the details here. But the finish is as important as the color, stripe width or direction. You want a crisp even finish at all times, prepare before you start painting stripes on walls.How to Paint a Striped Wall

Great Room Divider

If you have open living spaces and would like to create visual divides between different living area, painting striped walls can section off areas. You don't need to paint a large area to make a difference.

The pattern interrupt will make the area feel larger and more interesting.

Black and White Stripes

Direction of Wall Stripes

Want to change your room's dimensions? Painting stripes on walls horizontally or vertically gives you instant results.

Painting stripes on walls

How Wide Are Your Wall Stripes?

The width of stripes can add to the effect you want to create. Let's start with traditional vertical stripes.

modern painted wall stripes

Black and white painted stripe walls

How Many Stripes Do You Need?

Once you have designed and decided on a pattern, you can create your striped walls quite quickly. Using classic gray or black and white color combination, in an elegant design, looks crisp, dramatic and modern but it also looks expensive and elaborate. This look would cost more to create in tiles or wallpaper. 

gray and white painted striped walls

Sheen of Wall Stripes

If you love thinking and creating outside the box, then consider adding another dimension to the look of your stripes, by using different paint types or paint sheen types.

You can use the same color, but try two different finishes like satin or gloss, or flat and satin. This will create an understated, subtle effect and an elegant play on color. 

Painted striped walls

Why not create your stripes in matte and metallic finishes for a more modern rustic look? Let me know if you have played with these wall stripe ideas, I'd love to hear about your successes.