Today, decorating your home has a new rule, express yourself! Through a combination of new and old techniques, homeowners are truly making their home their own. One of the greatest (and most fun) new/old techniques is adding stripes. Patterns (stripes more specifically) are amazingly practical along with being stylish.
Stripes can hide the flaws of a room that construction projects can’t fix. If you have a room with low ceilings, try adding some vertical stripes. If your room is very shallow, add some horizontal stripes for some new added depth.
Experiment with a combination of colours and textures for a look at is all you. Here are some tips on how to paint stripes.
As always, don’t forget to prepare your room for painting by removing valuables from the painting area. Cover any furniture or flooring left in the room. Ideally, your room should already be painted with a base colour (neutral grey, white, off-white, beige). For tips on how to paint a wall, click here.
Before you can start painting, be sure that you have gathered all the supplies you will need:
blue or green painters tape (not masking tape)
2 (or more) colours of paint
an accurate level
Having a plan about how many stripes you want and the size you want them to be will make your job more efficient. Stripes that are 12” tall (or wide) are very subtle and pleasing to the eye. Using a level and a pencil, plan where your lines will go by making slight tack marks with the pencil.
Try experimenting with a combination of mat and glossy paint for a fashionable style that is all you.
Depending on what your plan is regarding the size of the stripes you can choose either to tape above your pencil marks, below them, or alternating which will create different sizes. Here is some advice on using painters tape.
Be sure that the painter’s tape is flush against the wall with no bubbles or air pockets. This prevents bleeding and blurring lines.
Use a small roller to apply the paint. This will allow you to get the job done more effectively AND neatly.
Start of with painting a light base coat where the wall meets the tape. This will create a crisp line when the tape is removed. Using the other shade of paint, fill in the areas between the tape that you want to be stripes. Allow paint to dry to touch, then carefully remove the tape at a 45 degree angle.
Adding stripes to a plain wall can freshen up your room, instilling a new sense of dimension to your interior painting project. The key to successful DIY interior stripe painting is in the planning. Be prepared for your work and do not skip steps.
If you have an idea you would like to try, but do not know how to make it happen, Home Painters Toronto can help. With more than 25 years’ experience as painting as professional painters, let our experience do the heavy lifting.
Please call us NOW at 416.494.9095, or email us at Brian@HomePaintersToronto.com to get a quote for your interior painting project.