How to paint stripes on a wall for a striking focal point in a room

Stripes on a wall beside a staircase
(Image credit: YesColours)

Why learn how to paint stripes on a wall? If you want to make a statement, create a focal point or add an illusion of space, introducing stripes on a wall can make this happen. And adding stripes gives you the option to add more than a single colour. Why not go technicolour, but be careful on your palette, there’s a fine line between creative and calamity.

Typically when painting a wall a steady hand is needed to create crisp straight lines, and if you’re feeling brave enough you can go for freehand stripes. But, most DIYers will want a little help from a roll of painter's tape to help achieve super straight lines.

Here we look at the tools and techniques needed to make sure your stripes stand out. 

How to paint stripes on a wall: a step-by-step guide

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.