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Energize plain walls by painting horizontal stripes around a room or on just one accent wall.
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Select an assortment of complementary colors for your wall. (We used four accent colors that work with the background color, Cream Delight.) On paper, mark the pattern of your choice and assign each stripe a color and width.
Measure up from the floor or baseboard and lay out the heights of the stripes at each corner and along the wall as a guide for positioning tape. Stretch painter’s tape for the first set of stripes along the wall. You can paint several stripes of one color at the same time. For a tight seal, run your fingernail or a plastic putty knife along the wall to press the tape in place.
Use a brush or roller to apply the paint. Add a second coat as needed and remove the tape after the final coat. Allow the paint to dry overnight before applying tape to any freshly painted areas.
To save time, you can tape and paint stripes of different colors -- so long as they don’t touch -- on the first day. Then add the remaining stripes that require taping over paint the following day.
Tape the new stripes and wall as needed for the second stripe color. Apply paint, remove the tape, and let dry overnight.
Repeat for the remaining colors. If necessary, touch up any rough lines using artist’s brushes.