How to Paint a Multi-Stripe Accent Wall
Bands in varied widths pull together a lively palette
Hot pink warms up this space as it travels across the floor and up the wall, stopping off to claim a place at the table. To create a cohesive look, home-decor designer opted for horizontal stripes—"more dramatic than vertical and a great backdrop for the furniture," she says—in shades drawn from the furnishings.
For a similar effect, balance zesty colors with soft neutrals; find your design by painting separate sheets of paper with each color and assembling strips in different widths that "keep the eye moving," Selke says. Pin up your design so you can consult it while painting.
Other tips: After measuring and taping off the first set of stripes, paint over the edges of the tape with the base color to prevent gaps and bleeding. Use a roller for the wide stripes, and the next day, create the narrower stripes the same way, this time filling in with a brush. (For a more detailed step-by-step on painting multi-stripes, go to How to Paint a Striped Wall)
The project takes time, but think of it this way: You won't need artwork.
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Measure and Tape
Once the base coat—your lightest color—is dry, use a level and ruler to mark the boundaries of the widest stripes lightly in pencil. Take care to position the tape outside the areas you are about to paint.