Painting Stripes on Walls – the Home Office Makeover

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Topcoat spent a couple of years from about 2009-11 working with celebrity designer Stephen Saint Onge and Better Homes & Gardens magazine as the painters of many room makeovers for Stephen’s BHG column “House Calls”. This is an example of a remarkable home office makeover, and part of the impact was achieved simply by painting stripes on walls. Actually, the room was an underutilized and rather cluttered spare bedroom. Kind of a wasted space that the homeowner wanted to repurpose into a serious and organized home office. The whole room was rather blah. Working with Stephen, we created an interesting striped pattern that serves as the perfect background for a stylish but casually classic home office decor. In the spirit of all good makeovers, this project took place over the course of just one weekend. As is often the case, the ceilings and trim in the room were basic white, and in fine condition. We really only needed to focus on the walls. So, we could justify taking the walls up a couple of clicks into the realm of a custom paint job.

Painting Stripes on Walls

The keys to painting stripes on walls are pretty simple. You need to pick colors that work well together, and with the intended decor of the room. Laying out the pattern requires the use of a tape measure, a pencil and a level. Then a whole bunch of painters tape. We used a nine inch roller and did one color at a time around the whole room. Then, pulled the tape for that color and retaped for the second color. The layout and taping are by far the most time consuming aspects of painting stripes on walls. The painting itself is pretty easy. As you can see from the photos, stripes are a great way to create an interesting but subtle background in a room, and with proper furniture and accessory selection, you can completely change the energy of a space. Contact Topcoat today to see how we can work with you to breathe some life into the dead zones of your home.


Scott Burt

About the Author

About the Author: Scott Burt is a contractor and freelance writer whose column "From the Field" has appeared in American Painting Contractor magazine ( since 2008. His writing and projects also appear in other print and digital venues. .


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