Stripes are a classic design for decorating schemes. They are
extremely versatile, as you can vary their width for any number
of effects. If you are aiming for a symmetrical, formal look it
is important to measure out the available space accurately first
so that you can be sure the stripes will fit.
coat of Wash 'n Wear Silk
shade for stripes
roller and tray
used in this setting:
2F1-8: Burnt Chilli
2F2-8: Spice Orange
2F3-8: Home Fires
Paint the walls in your base colour, using a paint roller
and tray. Mark the centre of the most important wall, with
a pencil. Make marks 7.5cm on either side of this, then
every 15cm. Continue around the room until the marks meet
at the least noticeable corner.
Starting in the centre of the wall, place strips of masking tape
on either side of the marked row of dots to give a 15cm wide stripe.
Repeat for other rows of dots.
Brush or roll on second colour to a section of the first stripe.
Complete each stripe in two or three stages, depending on the
height blending joins (seams) to achieve an even result.
Dab the wet paint lightly with a cloth to smooth out the brush
marks. Complete all the stripes, peel off the masking tape and
leave the paint to dry.
Half the fun of stencilling lies in the design and preparation
of the stencils. Unlike other finishes, you have complete control
over the end result. Stencilling works to charming effect on pale
walls, with muted colours such as blue-grey and beige. Clear,
sealed stencilling on woodwork looks good if warm earth colours
and olive colours are used.
of old paper
used in this setting:
2F1-8 : Burnt Chilli
2F2-8 : Spice Orange
2F3-8 : Home Fires
For stenciling a wall, draw all horizontal lines using a spirit
level Take verticals from this horizontal with T-square. Mark
the position of the stencils on the wall with a pencil, using
your guide holes on the stencil.
Fix the stencil firmly in position with masking tape, load sponge
lightly, then stamp out onto a clean surface (a piece of hardboard
will do) to distribute the paint evenly on the sponge. Dab the
sponge onto the stencil surface - don't smear. Avoid painting
under the stencil.
Wait a minute, then lift the stencil off vertically and transfer
to the next position.
If you're working in several colours, allow one to dry before
applying the next. Once you've finished, remove all chalk and
pencil marks, let the paint dry for a day or two and seal. For
woodwork, apply two coats of matt or stain finish varnish.