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Stripes: Even Width

Liven up those plain white walls with a simple look that adds elegance, charm, warmth, sophistication and just plain fun. Use ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape and your favorite colors to show off your stripes and create a welcoming environment for any visitor.





  • Remove any wall hangings (pictures, nails, fixtures)
  • Fill nail holes, then use sandpaper to smooth the wall
  • Make sure wall is clean, dust-free and dry before you begin



Step By Step Guide:

Step 1: Mask Trim

Mask Trim

Mask along trim, baseboards and non-textured ceilings with ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape Advanced Delicate Surface.

Step 2: Paint Basecoat

Paint Basecoat

Paint the basecoat (the lighter color) over the entire wall and let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 3: Measure Pattern

Measure Pattern

Measure out the width of your stripes and create your stripe pattern. Using tape masking your trim, mark the points where you want each line.

Step 4: Draw Stripes

Draw Stripes

Hold a level against the marks you have made on the tape and draw a light pencil line on the wall from floor to ceiling, to guide tape placement. Hint: before you mask, put a small piece of tape in the stripes you won't paint.

Step 5: Mask & Seal

Mask & Seal

Apply tape to the outside lines of each stripe you'll paint, so the paint will cover the pencil lines. Hint: use a putty knife to press down and seal the tape edges.

Step 6: Paint Stripes

Paint Stripes

Paint your stripes with the darker color, using a light amount of paint along the tape edges to avoid paint seepage. Let paint dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 7: Remove Tape

Remove Tape

Carefully remove tape at a 45° angle, pulling away from the freshest paint line. If paint starts to lift, use a sharp tool to cut along the painted tape edge.

Helpful Hints


  • Consider the size of the room as you determine the width of your stripes.
  • Remember: wider stripes give the room a larger, more open feel; narrow stripes can make a room feel smaller and cozier.


  • Select colors that play off each other and enhance the colors of your room.
  • Before you buy, consider bringing home paint swatches or samples, to get an idea of how the colors will look together in your space. It's a great way to avoid time-consuming painting mistakes.
  • Achieve subtle stripes by using the same color of paint in different sheens (i.e., flat and semi-gloss).
  • Try an alternative technique: use a gloss varnish over a flat or low-sheen paint.


Resist the Urge to Stretch

Resist the Urge to Stretch

When masking any surface, pull tape off the roll a few feet at a time. Avoid stretching the tape, as this can cause it to lift up or break.

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Get Extra Sharp Lines

Seal the edge of the tape with the basecoat color. This helps the tape adhere and gives you clean, sharp, professional paint lines.


  • Accessorize with various shapes, such as round candles and vases, or square wooden trays, to offer additional texture and dimension.
  • Decorate with pillows, wall hangings, cushion covers and other elements that complement and enhance the colors used for your stripes.

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