How to paint a ceiling stripe in 5 simple steps

A step-by-step guide to painting statement stripes on your walls

We all know that a fresh coat of paint can completely transform a wall. But using more than one colour to highlight a space, or create a feature, will help you achieve a high-end interior decorator look that takes your room to the next level. An elegant stripe near the ceiling will bring definition and distinction to your space and it’s easy to do – just follow our step-by-step guide.

You’ll need:

Kit for painting a ceiling stripe design
  • A tin of each of your chosen paint colours.
    We’ve used:
    Creme Brulee 00YY 26/220
    Wine & Dine 78RR 06/137
  • Small paint roller
  • Paint tray
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Ball of string
  • Chalk
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Scissors

Step 1: Choose your base

Apply background color

Fresh clean paint will work best as the background for your stripe, so now’s the time to choose a new colour. We’ve used Spiced Honey (Creme Brulee 00YY 26/220), Dulux Colour of the Year 2019. For an instant preview of what this warm and welcoming shade could look like on your wall download the Dulux Visualizer app. Once you’ve applied your new background colour and the paint is completely dry, you’re ready to create your stripes.

Step 2: Chalk up

Create a chalk guide line

First you need to decide where you want your stripe to be, then measure down from the ceiling and mark a few dashed pencil lines using the tape measure. Next, rub chalk along a length of string. Stretch the string across the wall where you marked the dashed line and secure it with masking tape at the ends. Check the string is straight, then ping it to leave a chalk line across the wall.

Step 3: Mask up

Mask out your stripe

Apply two strips of masking tape – one where the ceiling meets the wall, the other below the bottom line of chalk.   

Step 4: Apply your stripe colour

Paint your stripe

Using your roller, paint a stripe of colour to fill the space between the two lines of masking tape. For a perfect finish, make sure you paint just over the edge of the masking tape. 

Step 5: Peel and reveal

Remove your tape

Wait until the paint is still slightly wet, peel away the masking tape to reveal your stripe!

Not sure which colours to go for? Experiment with the latest Colour of the Year palettes with the free Dulux Visualizer app. 

Disclaimer: Colour shown in the image may vary from actual paint colour due to lighting in photography. Please refer to Dulux Fan Deck at the retail outlets for more accurate colours.

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