Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How to Paint a Striped Feature Wall

Concentrating your resources on one wall is a shrewd way to invigorate your home without committing to the disruption and expense of a total upgrade.

Horizontal stripes in contrasting shades of the same colour add definition and perspective to a featureless room. This method is particularly effective when applied to a long, unbroken wall.

What you will need
3 shades of paint (the base colour and two complementary colours).
Assorted paint brushes
Masking tape
Length of wooden dowelling
Spirit level

Buy the best masking tape you can find to help prevent paint bleeding on the line.
1. Begin by ensuring that the wall is clean, then apply the main colour to the whole surface. Leave to dry completely.

2. Once the paint is perfectly dry, you can begin to explore where you want to place the lines. To achieve a balanced, flowing look you should take furniture, paintings and any fixed features into account. If you're unsure of placement, try attaching strips of paper where you think the stripes should be, add a piece of furniture for perspective and stand back.

3. Once you're confident of your placement, you can draw the lines in place, but you'll need a partner to ensure the lines are straight and level. Use the length of wooden dowel as a ruler. Hold it in place, use the spirit level to check that it's straight, then use the pencil to draw two lines, one for the top and one for the bottom of the stripe. Repeat until you've marked all the stripes.

4. To apply masking tape to each penciled line, carefully roll out a length then have one person hold the end, and the other carefully smooth the tape along the line, taking care not to stretch the tape. Repeat for each penciled line.

5. Use the paintbrushes to fill in each stripe with the contrasting colours, then carefully peel away the masking tape. With a small brush tidy up any paint bleeds. Repeat for your each stripe.
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