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How to paint stripes on a wall

Painting is one of the best decorating items you can put upon any room or the entire house. It inflects an intonation with the change of color and the whole new look. Painted stripes are the new trend that is used in a variety of interior settings. People living in older homes often tend to mixed it up with the paint stripes. The best part of this trend is that you can do it easily without spending a lot of money. It is one of the neatest paintings to come along.

There are some quick suggestions to paint stripes on a wall. Some of these are:
Knowing the right size of the stripes: It is important to know the size of the stripes otherwise it will hamper with the shape of the room. Go accordingly with the outlook of the room. One simple method is to measure it with the standard masking tape widths. It will give the accurate size which is best suited to the room.

The number and quantity of the colors: You might picture a whole lot of colors but do make sure that they compliment each other. You can select 2, 3 colors or more but the paint stripes looks the best with 2 colors.

Technique to lay out the stripes: You have to stripe down the entire room the same way you did when you wanted to hang wallpapers. Starting with a corner and working your way around the room from that particular point will give you a superior result. This way the starting point will be the finishing point of your painting.

Getting hold of a good masking tape: It is necessary to use a masking tape so that the end result will be easy and smooth. With masking tape, you can possibly get neat lines and a minimum amount of leaks will appear from the tape.

Play on Stripes!

If you want to give the impression that your wall is like a tattered silk, you can do it so by the use of whisking. What is whisking? It is basically a method of faux painting with the use of two colors-the base coat and the top coat. It is easy to do whisking as long as you follow the easy steps.

Striped wall painted with cold coloursThe first thing to do is to choose the colors that you are going to use. Always take in mind that the shade of the top coat will be more visible than the base coat so better choose the right shades of color. Remember to check if the top coat will complement the base coat to achieve that tattered silk effect. Upon choosing the colors to use, you must first try painting them in a piece of wood or any surface you can test on. You can check on how thick or thin your coating will be for each paint color. It is just a way of testing the coatings so you would know how to get the look that you want to achieve.

Once you are already done with the testing, you can now check on and prepare the surface that you are going to paint on. If it is your walls, you must be sure that it is clear and clean. You can also put some tape on the surfaces that you would not put paint on just to serve as your guide. Then, once you are ready to start painting, apply the base coat first. Be sure to apply the same amount on the entire surface to achieve that uniform shade. Allow it to dry first before applying the top coat. You must start on one side first then continue to paint the entire surface. Remember to get a brush and use it for cutting near baseboards.

Striped wall
You can now get your whisk broom to apply paint stripes. The area can depend on you but the usual plays around two feet. With the use of the roller, you can roll over the strip from top to bottom. Check on the texture of your whisk because it will take too much of your time going back to the entire surface just to paint over it again. Also, be careful so as not to overlap the stripes on the other parts to achieve that perfect tattered silk you wanted. To avoid leaving a mess with your walls, wipe off the broom before you go over the next swipe. Avoid using paper towels because they will only ruin your whisk paint. As with regards to the design of the stripes, you can play around vertical, horizontal or curve patterns as long as you know that the shade of colors complement with one another.

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Nilda Nora

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