How to Paint Perfect Stripes on a Wall: What the Pros Aren’t Telling You

Do you want a striped room and want to know how to paint perfect stripes on a wall? Watch this tutorial to get clean paint lines for your accent stripe wall every time. In this tutorial, I show you just how to go about, paint perfect stripes on a wall, this one especially good for nautical stripes! The pros and big companies aren’t telling you what you need to know on how to paint a stripe,  because they want you to believe their painter’s tape doesn’t leak… but guess what? It does… every time.

So if you want to know the best way to paint stripes on a wall, DIY painting stripes on walls, or how to paint horizontal lines on a wall? Watch this Youtube video on how to paint stripes on a wall youtube, because then you can paint perfect stripes every time even if you are a beginner. I give you painters tape tips, painters tape tips removal tips, and advice on painting perfect stripes on smooth walls or, painting straight lines on textured walls… For all your striped room ideas, this video is for you!

Here are the steps:

1. Choose your stripe colors.

Choose two colors from your inspiration piece for your room, this could be pillows, an art piece, curtains, etc. For a bold look try a darker color paired with white. For a more subtle effect, do two colors on the same paint strip… probably 2 shades apart. Make sure it matches/coordinates with your inspiration piece. Buy enough paint for your project. In my project featured in the video tutorial, I used a gallon of each color. Other supplies you may need are: painter’s tape at least 1″ thick, paint brushes, regular paint roller for main wall color, 4-6″ roller for the stripe (depending on the thickness of the stripe), and a paint tray.

2. Paint the lighter paint color on the wall.

First, you want to get the lighter of the two wall colors on the wall all over… if you want to use your existing color, then awesome! One less step for you! Wait a minimum of 4 hours to allow for thorough drying, before moving to the next step.

3. Decide the thickness and number of stripes you want.

Most people recommend stripes be between 4-12″. However, there is flexibility in this rule and I have personally done stripes up to 16″ in a room that had vaulted ceilings. Usually, it’s best to have an odd number of stripes. So in my featured project, I knew I wanted about an 8″ stripe, so I took the height available and divided it by 8 and then from there I determined 11 stripes would be best… I got an exact measurement by dividing 11 into my available height which gave me an exact dimension of 8.25″ in my case.

4. Mark your lines and tape them off.

I started at the top and marked my lines every 8.25″ until the bottom. Then I took a level, being careful to be very precise, and made marks every 10-12′ around the perimeter of the room (if that doesn’t make sense, please refer to the video tutorial ;). If you have a laser level, use this… that will make your job much easier. I think I am pretty convinced I need one! =) Then connect your markings with painter’s tape. Trying to keep things precise and straight.

5. Paint over the edge of the tape to seal.

Take your original wall color and paint over the edge where your stripe will be to seal the tape. This is important, because if when the paint bleeds, which it always does, then it will bleed the color that’s already on the wall and at the same time create a barrier for the darker color so it doesn’t bleed, leaving you with terrible paint lines. Let dry, you don’t have to wait the full 4 hours, just until it is no longer wet at all.

6. Paint your stripe color!

This part is where I usually start to get excited because there is light at the end of the tunnel. I would recommend two coats if there is a drastic color difference and you may be able to get away with one if the colors are very similar. Allow a little drying time, but not too long to pull the tape off at a 45-degree angle. Bam! You should have pretty clean lines. However, if you have textured walls, you may need to move on to step 7.

7. Do any necessary touch up.

Hopefully, you don’t need this step, but if you have heavily textured walls, even with your best efforts you will probably have a couple of small areas that still leak through. If that happens, it’s okay, and it should be very minimal. Take a small flat craft brush and take the original wall color paint and carefully touch up those tiny areas.


Now you have perfect paint stripes sure to add a lot of impact for a small investment. Stripes give a lot of bang for the buck.  Here are some other great painting tips for you:




How to Paint a Room Without Using Painter’s Tape





Until next time, thanks for stopping by!








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