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Create a Living or Sitting Room with Striped Walls

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Create a space with standout style. With these striped walls, horizontal ribbons of color wrap the space in subtle tones and deep shades.

The varied color, width, and pattern of the stripes keeps the look dynamic yet balanced. In much the same way vertical stripes can lend a sense of height to a room, this striped wall paint pattern can help balance the proportions of spaces with high ceilings.

In this soothing striped living room, the cream–and–yellow stripes are spaced evenly throughout. The strongest color is used as a thinner line, patterned to skip every third yellow stripe. This varied placement and size works well with the dark wood elements of the table setting, neither overpowering it, nor being overwhelmed by it.

The two largest pieces of the setting – the picture frame and lamp, are vertical, giving the eye a visual resting place upon which to focus. The gentle curve of the table legs, the cylindrical lamp, and even the choice to lean the picture against the wall so it takes on a different angle, all serve to soften this striped room and help it avoid becoming overtly linear space.

Finally, the chairs are upholstered in a delicate velvet sage, adding another dimension of color but one that quietly complements the room's overall delicate color palette.


Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Prime the surfaces with Fresh Start® Primer.
  2. Paint your first wall color (this should be the lightest color) and allow to dry thoroughly.
  3. Use a pencil to lightly mark the stripes of the second color. Mask off your first set of stripes with tape.
  4. Paint second color (this should be a darker color) on the open stripe section. After stripes are painted, remove tape immediately while paint is still wet. Allow to dry thoroughly.
  5. Once the paint has dried, mask of the next set of stripes with tape.
  6. Paint third color (this should be the darkest color) on the open stripe section. After stripes are painted, remove tape immediately while paint is still wet. Allow to dry.
  7. Paint trim and allow to dry.

Supply List
 
Supplies:

  • Drop cloth
  • Benjamin Moore rollers
  • Roller tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Benjamin Moore paint brushes
  • Rags for cleanup

Paint:

To create striped walls like the ones pictured above, use the following Benjamin Moore paint colors.

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