Painting Wall Stripes

Give any room a light and sophisticated style with subtle wall stripes, which add a touch of texture and sheen for a soft, subtle look. The style goes well with pale-toned furnishings and rich fabrics or with luxurious accents such as large pillows and lush window treatments.

A painter uses a level to draw a straight line on a bedroom wall painted in Benjamin Moore Quincy Tan (HC-25).View Colors 
A painter applies tape from top to bottom of beige-colored bedroom wall to mark stripe patterns to be painted with Benjamin Moore¿s glaze mixture.View Colors 
A painter applies Benjamin Moore glaze mixture with cotton rag between taped lines on beige-colored bedroom wall to create striping effect.View Colors 

Tools and Supplies



  • 3/8-inch nap Benjamin Moore roller
  • 1-inch painter’s tape (light tack)
  • Bucket
  • Large wallpaper paste brush
  • Paint tray
  • Pencil
  • Rags
  • Roller cage
  • Stir stick

Note: The amount of paint and the tools required for painting stripes depend on the square footage of your project. For guidance in calculating the size of your project, consult your local Benjamin Moore retailer.

Step 1 – Prepare Your Surfaces
Be sure any surface is properly prepared before you begin. Clean your walls thoroughly and repair any protruding nails or other imperfections.

Step 2 – Apply Your Base Coat
Paint your wall(s) with two base coats of quincy tan HC-25. Allow them to dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3 – Apply Tape
Before you apply the glaze mixture to your wall(s), apply tape to the ceiling and baseboards.

Step 4 – Create a Glaze Mixture
Mix together four parts Studio Finishes Latex Glaze (405) with one part shaker beige HC-45 in a bucket. Use a stir stick to blend the mixture thoroughly.

Step 5 – Mark Your Wall Stripes
Determine how wide you want the stripes to look, and use a pencil to lightly mark your wall(s). To make sure you have straight marks, use a level as you mark. For this project, we used 12-inch stripes around the room, from floor to ceiling.

Step 6 – Apply Tape
Apply one-inch painter’s tape around the room. To ensure that every other stripe is 12 inches wide, apply tape on the outside of the marks with the first stripe, on the inside with the second, and so on.

Step 7 – Apply the Glaze Mixture
Pour your glaze mixture into your paint tray, and dip a cotton rag into the mixture. Apply the mixture onto your walls with a circular motion, taking care not to stray outside the 12-inch stripes.

Once each stripe is complete, remove the tape and continue painting the stripes around your room.

Style Tips for Painting Striped Walls:

  • To help the wall stripes stand out, keep your room’s furniture light in color.
  • For a more colorful French country style, use blues, yellows, and whites.
  • Add a touch of floral for a traditional country feel.
  • Add wrought iron and distressed wood.

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