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Big, Bold Stripes

It's time to make a bold statement! With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and this simple technique, you can easily add a splash of modern elegance to a classic room. Use gray tones with bold accents for a cool, contemporary look, or choose earth tones with soft contrasts to warm up the room.





  • Plan your striping pattern (our example shows a series of 12", 9", and 3" stripes, repeating).
  • When choosing paint, select one light and one dark tone of the same color, and a third contrasting accent color.
  • Remove wall hangings and fill nail holes.
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and dry before you begin.



Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Multi-Surface, mask along the trim. Paint the entire wall with two coats of the lighter tone and let it dry 24 hours.

Step 2: Mark Pattern

Mark Pattern

With a tape measure and a pencil, measure and mark all stripe lines according to your pattern.

Step 3: Draw Stripe Lines

Draw Stripe Lines

At each stripe line, use a pencil and a level to draw a straight line from the trim to the ceiling.

Step 4: Mask 9" Stripes

Mask 9" Stripes

With ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape for Delicate Surfaces, mask the 9" stripes from baseboard to ceiling. HINT: Keep pencil marks inside the tape so they will be covered with paint.

Step 5: Paint Dark Tone

Paint Dark Tone

Apply one coat of the darker-tone paint to the 9" stripes and let it dry slightly. Apply a second coat of the darker tone. Gently remove the tape, then allow paint to dry.

Step 6: Mask & Paint Accents

Mask & Paint Accents

Mask along each side of your 3" stripes. Paint these stripes with two coats of your contrasting accent color. Gently remove tape before the paint dries.

Note: For best results, follow the paint manufacturer's instructions regarding recoat and dry times.

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