Painting Diagonal Stripes on a Wall
“I’m a fan of a bold entryway," says designer Tiffany Brooks. "These angled stripes grab your attention, but the neutral colors keep the design from going over the top.” This design is part chevron, part Greek key pattern. Paint: Smoky Charcoal and White on White, both by Glidden
- gray and white paint
- paint roller
- tape measure or ruler
- painter's tape
Paint the entire wall gray. Let dry.
Starting at the top center of the wall, pencil in a horizontal row of 16-inch squares. If the wall’s dimensions are not evenly divisible by 16, adjust the size of your squares slightly. Below that row, pencil in a second row of 16-inch squares, offsetting this row from the top row by 8 inches. (If your squares aren’t 16 inches, the second row should be offset by half the width of your squares.) Repeat until the entire wall is filled with squares in a brick-like pattern. Note that there will be rectangles instead of squares at both ends of every other row.
In the top left square, tape off 1-inch diagonal stripes.
Do the same thing in the adjoining square, but this time run the tape in the opposite direction. Repeat, alternating the direction of the tape in each square, making sure that the tape aligns from box to box. Do the rectangles last, lining up the tape with the adjacent squares.
Paint the entire wall white. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet. Let dry.