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How to Paint Wall Stripes

Create an attractive color scheme for any indoor space with painted wall stripes.

Painted Wall Stripes

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Level
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


  • 2-in painter’s tape (#53140)

allen + roth® paint by Valspar

  • Lucky Street, #ar923
  • Sunday Times, #ar915
  • Skyline Shadow, #ar1318
  • Evening Stroll, #ar1224

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Step 1

Paint the wall with a background color. (We used Valspar Signature Lucky Street, #ar923.) Let dry.

Step 2

We created a stripe pattern that repeats every 15 inches and consists of a 2-in-wide white stripe (Valspar Signature Sunday Times, #ar915), a 2-in-wide gray stripe (Valspar Signature Skyline Shadow, #ar1318), and a 1-in-wide blue stripe (Evening Stroll, #ar1224). To create the same pattern, measure 10 inches and 12 inches out from one wall corner and mark where the wall meets the ceiling. For the next set of stripes, measure the repeat distance (15 inches) from the first pair of marks (25 inches and 27 inches). Repeat as you work your way across the wall.

Step 3

To paint the first set of stripes, follow a level to apply strips of painter’s tape with a 2-in gap between them. (You may want to draw lines where the tape will be applied first, to make masking easier.) Apply white paint between the tape strips, and remove the tape after the paint dries.

Step 4

Now measure 2 inches over from the white stripe and mask with painter’s tape. Apply gray paint; let dry and remove the tape.

Step 5

Next measure 1 inch over from the gray stripe and mask with painter’s tape. Apply blue paint; let dry and remove the tape.

Good to Know

Even when paint feels dry to the touch, it may not yet have bonded firmly to the wall and the tape could pull the paint loose. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended drying times before taping over freshly painted surfaces.