Tips for painting stripes on a wall include painting the entire wall first with the lighter color for the stripes, measuring and marking each stripe to ensure it is vertical or horizontal, using painter's tape for straight lines and painting with a small roller for precision.
The striping process begins like any other painting project. Remove all the furniture from the room and protect surfaces you do not want to paint with masking tape and drop cloths. Apply the base coat and allow a minimum of four hours drying time. If necessary, add a second coat for even coverage.
Vertical stripes give a room a taller look, while horizontal stripes give it a more spacious appearance. Stripes between 4 and 12 inches wide are visually more appealing for most people. With a uniform width pattern, differences up to 1/2 inch are usually not noticeable to the naked eye. Use a tape measure and straight edge to lay out the pattern.
Apply the painter's tape to the outside edge of the darker stripes. It masks the lighter color and prevents the darker paint from seeping onto it.
A small diameter roller provides more precision for painting the stripes. Dip the roller into the paint and roll the paint onto cardboard or a paint tray before applying it to the wall for control of drips.