Tips for Painting Stripes on Wall


What you’ll need:

  • Latex paint
  • Tape measure
  • Paintbrush, roller and roller pan
  • Painter’s tape
  • Level and straightedge
  • Matte medium
  • Drop cloth
  • Pencil

Measure in inches the height of the wall you will be painting. Divide this number by the desired width of the stripes. For example, if your wall is 96″ high and you want your stripes to be 8″ wide, divide 96 by 8. The resulting number (12) must be even, or you will end with a wider or narrower stripe.

Painting horizontal stripes can be tricky, as walls and ceilings are not always plumb. To avoid issues, Kelle makes the top stripe the same color as the ceiling and works her way down. Avoid wrapping stripes onto adjoining walls. Instead, paint on a single or opposite walls to make walls not perfectly plumb less noticeable. Measure the width of your top stripe and make a pencil mark at the bottom of the stripe. Repeat for remaining stripes. Use a level or straightedge to extend your pencil marks as high or low as you want the stripes to go.

Apply high-quality painter’s tape to the stripes so the inside edge of the tape is on the outside mark of the stripe. This way, the tape will fall in the spaces between – and not inside – the stripes. Press tape firmly onto wall, and then seal the edges with matte medium; it will help prevent the paint from bleeding behind the tape.

Load a paintbrush or roller, and then fill in the stripes with paint. Let dry. If necessary, apply a second coat and let dry. Remove painter’s tape slowly and carefully to prevent pulling extra paint off the wall.