Painting stripes on walls can create several different and unique aspects, depending on the colors and the finishes of the painting. With a relatively small amount of time and money, you can transform an entire room into a day. Preparation in advance and accurate measurements are key to creating a striped room that looks like a professional painting.
- Use non-toxic latex latex paint, in two colors to paint the stripes in the baby room. Choosing colors that contrast will give more room and drama to the room, while choosing different shades of the same color will give a softer and less dramatic appearance. Another option would be to choose a color in two different finishes (like matt and glossy), as this will also give the room a subtle striped look.
- Prepare the bedroom by moving all the furniture to the center of the room and covering with plastic tarps. Clean walls to remove stains and dust. Remove any light receptacles from the walls and remove the window covers. Use the painter’s tape to cover all the frames and windows. Paint the room with one or two layers of base color and let dry for 48 hours.
- Measure the circumference of the room and convert that measurement to total inches. Use it to calculate what size you want your stripes. Use whole or even numbers to calculate them or you could end up with an out of order at the end of the room. When you do the calculations, think about how much time and effort it will take to paint them. The wider will be faster and easier to paint, while the thinner will take longer. Once you have determined how to space them, transfer the measurements to the wall.
- Mark the lines of the measurements using a level and a light pencil mark on the walls. Once you have a mark on the wall, use a chalk line to draw a vertical line from the ceiling to the floor. Lay the painter’s tape as evenly as you can on the outer edges of the chalk line. The area inside the ribbon will be the one that is painted to create the stripe. To avoid errors, mark areas that will not be painted with an X made of tape.
- Paint within areas with ribbon with a roller and contrast paint color. Avoid overloading to reduce splashing and dripping under tape. The best are light and thin layers. If the color requires two layers, let the first one dry completely before giving the second.
- \Remove all painter’s tape from the walls once the paint has settled but not completely dried. This will prevent it from cracking when you remove the tape. Open windows from the room to help remove vapors from the paint. If you have dripped some paint under the tape, use a fine-tipped artist’s brush to touch up the edges.
Tips & Warnings
- Buy high quality paint to avoid having to give numerous layers. When you paint on a dark color, first give a layer of primer that has been dyed with the color of the new base.