Decorative Paint Technique: Strie Painting Instructions

Use paint to create the look of fine fabric on your walls to really dress up a room.
painttechnique_striae1

painttechnique_striae1

Use paint to create the look of fine fabric on your walls to really dress up a room.

Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Danielle's Tips

  • Strie is also called dragging.
  • Walls should be in good condition for this technique.
  • This technique is straightforward, but you have to work fast.
  • Don't overwork the paint to avoid gumming up the streaking effect.
  • Thinning the paint with too much water causes drips and sagging in the finish.

Materials and Tools:

paint tray
2" and 4" china bristle brushes
paint pad
rags
water bottle
latex glaze (Studio Finishes 405) – Benjamin Moore
latex paint, eggshell sheen: (base coat: Linen White); (top coat: Picante 006) – Benjamin Moore

Steps:

1. Prepare the walls for painting. Prime and once dry, apply the base coat. Let dry. Mix one Picante with two parts water and one part glaze.

2. Spray the paint pad with water, which will allow you to manipulate the mixture better before it dries. Dip the pad into the paint mixture (less is more with this technique, so don't overload it), and apply it to the wall using one long, continuous vertical stroke.

painttechniquestriae_figA_verticalstrokes

painttechniquestriae_figA_verticalstrokes

3. Almost as soon as that paint goes on, apply a fair amount of pressure to a dry brush  and drag it through the mixture as above (use the smaller brush in tight areas). Keep it dry by rubbing the brush with a rag between strokes. Overlap each stroke just a bit and if it looks like there's too much paint, wet the brush; wipe it off, and then lightly brush the area. Note: Avoid overworking the paint. Too much water can muddy the streaking effect you're trying to create.

4. Continue in this fashion until the desired area is finished, and let dry completely as per the manufacturer's instructions.

painttechniquestriae_figB_horizontalstrokes

painttechniquestriae_figB_horizontalstrokes

5. Use the same steps to apply the effect horizontally. Apply the mixture with the damp paint pad, and use a dry brush to take it off. Let dry.

Next Up

Decorative Paint Technique: Crinkle Paper Painting Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . If you hate prep work, painting under and over crinkled tissue paper is for you. Follow these instructions from Danielle Hirsch.

Decorative Paint Technique: Woodgraining Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . If the beauty of real wood isn't in the budget, paint and a fun tool can make a great alternative. Follow these instructuctions.

Decorative Paint Technique: Leather Wall Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . Put the luxurious look of soft leather on your walls using plastic grocery bags. Follow these instructions from Danielle Hirsch.

Decorative Paint Technique: Parchment Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . This Old-World look resembles parchment paper and fits in today's modern homes. Follow these instructions from Danielle Hirsch.

Paint Technique: Striae Instructions

Combine wallpaper paste and paint to add a striae paint technique to your walls. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Decorative Paint Technique: Colorwashing Wall Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . Colorwashing is a subtle aged effect perfect for almost any room in the house. Follow these instructions from Danielle Hirsch.

Crackle Paint Technique

Create cracks in paint to reveal the color underneath with these step-by-step instructions.

Faux Painting Instructions

Transform an accent wall with a distressed faux painting treatment from Constance Ramos' show, Color Correction.

Rag-Rolling Paint Technique

Create a dramatic look on your walls with little effort.

Decorative Paint Technique: Furniture and Wall Marbling Instructions

From our online exclusive Decorative Paint Techniques with Danielle Hirsch of Color Splash . Marbling exudes richness and sophistication. It can have a big impact on both walls and furniture.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.