Room Paint Ideas.Step-by-Step Guide on How to Paint Stripes for Any Bedroom

Kids room

Interior design: Klima Design Group

If you wish you had a taller bedroom and buying a new home is not an option, next best thing to do would be to paint stripes. Vertical stripes will give the room an instant illusion of height. Because most bedrooms have closed floor plan, they will look great in master bedroom, kids’ bedroom or a guest bedroom making the rooms look and feel taller. 

Now don’t get me wrong, painting stripes is not easy, and that is why painters charge a lot for this kind of job. I have to admit that it can be a daunting task if you have never done it before. But because I have done this many times, I hope to save you time and effort if you follow steps in this post and watch the video.

Here is a step-by-step process that I recorded for painting three colored stripes  



What you need:

  • Paint . Pick close wall paint colors on a paint strip and one complementary color. In this case I used some of Benjamin Moore’s Silver Gray, Nimbus Gray and Hazy Skies.
  • Measuring Tape – to measure your wall.
  • Level or a ruler with a level
  • Pencil – to mark your stripes
  • Rollers – three at least, one for each color. Get two 3 inch roillers and one 2 1/2 inch roller.
  • 1 ½ inches blue tape
  • Extender – (optional) to make a small highlight stripe more even.
  • Magic Eraser 

Step 1 – Base color
Begin by painting the wall with the base color. In this case, Silver Gray by Benjamin Moore, eggshell finish on the walls and flat finish on the ceiling. I prefer a three color stripes look. I think that two close colors on a paint strip and one  complimentary color for a highlight make the room feel fresh.

Step 1 Base Color

Tip: Make sure the tape really sticks closely to the wall and avoid any air bubbles. Use your finger to press the tape really hard.

Step 2 – Taping for the first stripe
Once your base color is dry and ready it is time to paint your first stripe. Measure your wall and find the center using soft drawing pencil. Then mark equally on both sides of your first center pencil mark. This is how wide your first stripe will be. Using level and ruler draw a line vertically up and down the wall. Apply the blue tape right on the line (don’t worry; you will erase it later with Magic Eraser.

Tip: When taping for stripes, it is always better to team up with 2-3 people.


Step 2 Taping the first stripe

Step 3 – Painting the first stripe.
Use the small roller for painting the first stripe.In this case, I used Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray for the first stripe. Start at the middle then gently work your way up and down. Go vertically through the whole wall but when you get near the tape, you can gently roll sideways to prevent paint from bleeding.

Tip: Make sure that you’re roller doesn’t absorb too much paint; all you need is a semi-dry roller to avoid any paint bleeding. Always mix the paint before using it.

Step 3 Painting the first stripe

Step 4 – Taping for the highlight stripe.
So now that you are finished painting the first stripe you will have a two-colored wall. In order to apply the “highlight” stripe, tape off first tape right on the edge of the existing stripe. Then apply second tape right next to it. This will be your highlight stripe. The third tape goes right on the edge of the second tape. .

Tip: When taping, it is a good idea to leave a little tail all the way on the top/ceiling. This way you will not be confused and know exactly which one is your thin stripe.

Step 4 Step 4 Taping for the hightlight stripe

Step 5 – Painting the third, ‘highlight’  stripe.
Remove the tape in the middle between the two other tapes. Go ahead and paint the third stripe. Just similar to Step 2, work with an almost semi-dry roller or a paint brush.

Tip: Do not keep the tape for too long on the wall. Try to remove the tape in a couple of hours.

 Step 5

Step 6 – Pull off all the tape.
You can now pull off your tape while the paint is still slightly wet for a smoother seam. If you let the paint dry too much there is a possibility of pulling a bit of paint off with the tape.

Step 6 Pull off all the tape

There you have it, three -colored stripes on your walls! You can also use laser for marking the stripes but then you need two people because you have to see the laser beam all the way through. So, one person will be up the ladder and the other one down on the floor. The pencil and level methods I illustrated here might be a little old fashioned but they get the job done.

A collage for boy's room project

Word of advice: the thinner is the stripe, the more visible are the mistakes, such as measuring different widths stripes. Try not to paint stripes less than two and a half inches wide. If you stay between six to twelve inches for the main stripe the job will be done much faster. We would like to hear from you. Please post the questions and I will be happy to give you more insights.

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  1. Thank you for this post. I was looking for a simple way to do stripes and here you are providing a step by step instruction.

    • Great to hear from the professional! Yes, I do use the clear poly when I want crisp lines, i.e. black and white stripes. For this the goal was to get a “faded” vintage look, so soft lines with half dry roller were used. What would you do?

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  3. Cool stuff! I never imagine going for stripes, but the moment I saw the first photo, I wanted to start DIYing my room! One of the problem I can see with this, is the paint getting peeled off along with the tape, so to ensure that from not happening, what kind of tape do you recommend I use?

    Keep up the good work! Loving your site!

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