Painting Alternating Stripes on a Wall

Sabrina Soto showed HGTV Magazine how to paint alternating stripes. Here’s how you can try the trend.
Alternating Stripes in a Color Family

Alternating Stripes in a Color Family

“Tonal stripes are graphic without being overbearing," says designer Sabrina Soto. "That makes them versatile—they’ll work whether your room is contemporary or traditional.” For subtle contrast, alternate a high-gloss purple with a matte purple. Paint: (from top) Purple Essence and Violet Eclipse, both by Olympic

Photo by: Mark Lund

Mark Lund

“Tonal stripes are graphic without being overbearing," says designer Sabrina Soto. "That makes them versatile—they’ll work whether your room is contemporary or traditional.” For subtle contrast, alternate a high-gloss purple with a matte purple. Paint: (from top) Purple Essence and Violet Eclipse, both by Olympic

By: Jaimie Dalessio Clayton

Materials Needed:

  • paint in two shades of one color (we used purple)
  • paint rollers
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • level
  • painter's tape

Step 1

Paint the entire wall light purple. Let dry.

Step 2

Starting from the ceiling, mark off 12-inch-tall horizontal stripes. If your wall height isn’t evenly divisible by 12, adjust the height of your stripes. For example, if your walls are 78 inches, do 13-inch-tall stripes instead.

Step 3

Tape off the stripes, keeping in mind that the tape should go on the parts you want to stay light purple.

Step 4

Paint every other stripe dark purple. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let dry.

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