How to Paint a Striped Accent Wall

For anyone on Pinterest, you have probably seen your fair share of striped accent walls. Last Summer I decided to paint one in our spare bedroom. The room was already beige and I used Benjamin Moore's White Dove for the stripes.

How to Paint your Stripes;

Step 1: Measure the height of the wall. I decided to go with thick stripes and determined the width based on how many stripes could fit within the height of the wall. My stripes are 13 1/4 inches. I started at the top of the wall and measured down, marking with my pencil every 13 1/4 inches. Then I repeated this step, moving over every 10 inches. I used my level to draw lines with pencil, connecting the marks horizontally across the wall. Once one line was drawn, I moved down to the next one. I ended up with 3 white stripes and 4 beige.

Step 2: Tape- I laid painter's tape along the pencil lines. *Ensure you are taping on the top and bottom of the stripe that you will be painting. Once everything is taped off, if will look like the stripes are different sizes, but don't worry, they will be even once all is said and done! I pressed a credit card along the seam of the tape to ensure it is sealed well. I also taped off the corners lengthwise

Step 3: Paint- to ensure you get crisp, clean lines follow this step; dip your brush lightly in paint and wipe off the excess (you want barely any paint on your brush!) Now lightly coat the inside edges of your tape. This ensures your paint won't bleed under the tape. Then use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe. Once you are done painting, remove the tape before the paint is totally dry. I was so happy (and surprised) that my lines were perfect without any bleeding!!

Additional step- I recently decided to repaint our spare room as I am totally sick of the beige that dominates our house. I chose Behr Dolphin Fin which is a grey with a blue undertone. I painted the three walls of the spare room as I normally would and then repainted the beige stripes. This time I didn't need to do any measuring, I simply taped along the lines of the existing stripes and painted over the beige with Dolphin Fin *I did use the step to ensure my paint did not bleed and filled in the rest using a roller.

This time I managed to snap some pictures throughout the process;

I taped off the edges of the existing white stripe to protect them from the new grey paint.

I taped off the edges of the existing white stripe to protect them from the new grey paint.

Painting along the tape to ensure the seam is crisp. Use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe and remove the tape before the paint completely dries.

Painting along the tape to ensure the seam is crisp. Use a roller to fill in the rest of the stripe and remove the tape before the paint completely dries.

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I am so much happier with the colour and am loving my striped wall even more! I rehung the print above the bed but I have plans to create my own abstract painting. What do you think?

Jess xx