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Showing Your Stripes

by / Monday, 28 May 2012 / Published in Interior House Painting

Happy Memorial Day! We at GreenWay Painting offer our thanks and respects to those who have fallen serving our country, as well as to their families.

And with the Fourth of July around the corner, it may be time to show your stripes…perhaps even painted on your wall? Seriously, have you ever considered painting a striped pattern on your wall? Many people pick a solid color when choosing a color for an accent wall. But stripes can look very good, too.

My parents restored a farmhouse from the 1800s, leaving a lot of the original structure intact or reinforcing it. However, they modernized everything, from upgrading the insulation, to adding a potbelly stove, to painting walls. I specifically remember my aunt helping to paint stripes on one of the hallway walls.  The stripes of paint alternated between a creamy honey and a beige. It turned out really well for that little hallway.

The first step is to choose your pattern. You can choose big stripes or little stripes, or even alternating big and little stripes. Will your stripes be regular or irregular? Either way, it may be a good idea to write your pattern down on a piece of paper and measure out the dimensions of the wall. Is the wall 13’ long? 15’?  The length will determine how many stripes that you try to fit into a certain area. Seeing it on paper will not only help you to see the big picture, but will help you to stay organized and focused. Even if you just sketch this out on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of paper, this will help make things more clear.

Stay tuned for our follow-up post next week regarding the process of painting stripes.