How To Paint Stripes On Your Wall

Stripes are very trendy lately, and you can see them everywhere from clothing, home decorating elements (such as pillows and curtains), and even on walls. Stripes on accent walls can give your home a nice decorative pop, rather than just using a different paint color on the accent wall. Painting stripes is not too difficult and you can do it a few different ways. For the more adventurous, use multiple color stripes. If you're just looking for something a little more subtle, use only two colors for the stripes. For just a little bit of accent, paint your stripes using a matte finish paint and satin or semi-gloss of the same colors. No matter your stripe style, see below for instructions on how to paint them on an accent wall.

Here's What You'll Need:

  • Painter's tape
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Roller
  • Paint colors


  1. First figure out what type of stripes you want to do. For multiple colored stripes, you may want to do stripes of different widths. Plan your stripes and your colors before you begin.
  2. Next, use your measuring tape to measure the height of your wall (for horizontal stripes). This will help you depending on the types of stripes you have. For stripes of the same size, you'll want to take the total measurement of your wall, then divide it by the width of the stripe you want to use. A 10" or 12" stripe is easy to work with. For instance if you have 8' ceilings, divide 8' by 10" or 12" to give you the total number of stripes you'll have. It may not divide evenly, so you may have a little fatter stripes at the bottom of your wall.
  3. Next, mark your stripes on the wall using your pencil. Mark your measurement on the left side of your wall, the middle and the right side of your wall. Then check that your markings are all level.
  4. When placing your painter's tape on your stripe lines, you need to watch the placement of the tape. Every other stripe will have the tape either above the line or below it. If it's easier for you, you can tape and paint as you go along. 
  5. Use your paintbrush to paint along the tape lines, then fill it in with your paint roller. Add a second coat of paint after the first coat is dry. 
  6. Carefully remove the tape before the second coat dries completely to ensure the paint doesn't pull off with the tape.

Painting stripes on your wall is fairly simple to do, just make sure to use your level to ensure the lines are even all the way across your wall. But if you feel you can't do this on your own, it is best to contact a professional painting contractor in your area.