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How to Add Colour to Your New Home by Painting the Walls with Stripes

How to Add Colour to Your New Home by Painting the Walls with Stripes

Adding colour to your home design is one of the trickiest and some say hardest design aspects to pull off. HGTV helps us here with some excellent ideas and examples from the design experts. They even show us how to pull off techniques that look hard but really are not. Stripes and patterns are a great way to add pops of colour or design without it being too much colour or conflict. Here are some great examples all images from

Ticking Stripes


This ticking stripe is a classic and preppy looking stripe which makes it perfect for a kid’s room. This image definitely looks like a boy’s room, but imagine instead of sailboat blue that it is powder puff pink stripes? The way that many people mess up this look is by adding too much colour, the offset for the stripes has to remain white to pull off the colouring of the design in this room. Also notice the addition of a secondary pattern with the yellow and white polka dots. Don’t add too many patterns or too many colours.

How to do the Ticking Stripes Technique

Striping Technique

First, paint the entire wall white and let it fully dry. Then tape off stripes that are 1 inch wide and 6 inches wide and follow the pattern shown. Then you can fill in the stripes using the coloured paint you choose.

Ombre Stripes

Ombre Stripes

Ombre design is vertical stripes of similar, but progressively dark colours. HGTV’s celebrity designer Vern Yip explains, “stripes ranging from light to dark give a space amazing energy”. He also shows how easy it is to paint this design. Take the guess work out of choosing the right colours by just using 5 colours from the same paint strip

How to Paint Ombre Stripes

Ombre Stripes Technique

The Ombre stripes technique is easy to achieve. Start from the ceiling, tape off and paint one horizontal stripe at a time. To figure out where each new paint line should start, measure the wall and divide by five. Let the paint dry in between each new colour.

Multi-coloured Stripes

Multi-Coloured Stripes

These multi-coloured and varying size stripes make a room appear much taller. Once again, white is one of the colours to prevent overload of colours. Also, you can choose to paint just a portion of the walls in your room with this striped design.

Multi-coloured Stripes Technique

Multi-Coloured Stripes Technique

Paint the entire wall white and let it dry completely. Then tape off random stripes of varying widths.

Alternating Stripes Design

Alternating Stripes

HGTV’s star designer Sabrina Soto explains “Tonal stripes are graphic without being overbearing. That makes them versatile – they’ll work whether your room is contemporary or traditional.” She suggests helping the contrast to appear subtle by choose two similar shades with one in high-gloss and the other matte. Notice how the accents on designs in the room match the purple without it being too much purple. The other key to pulling this off is that the lighter shade of purple is very light. If the colours you choose are both darker or both brighter, it might appear too overpowering. Like with Vern Yip’s Ombre design above, if you are unsure of colours to choose, pick them from a paint strip.

How to Technique for Alternating Stripes Paint

Alternating Stripes Technique

To pull off this alternating stripes painting technique, paint the entire wall the lighter colour. Let it dry completely. Once it is dry, and then tape off stripes every 12 inches. Paint every other section the darker shade. If lining up every 12 inches doesn’t work for your wall, the measure the entire wall and divide into equal amounts close to 12 inches.

Diagonal Stripes

Alternating Stripes

In this cae, the angled stripes can be bold, but are kept in check and work using neutral colours. Remember that not every colour paint in every room has to be a from the rainbow spectrum. Instead, neutral and muted colours can still help you pull off unique design aspects that catch the eye and call attention to an area of the room. This angled stripe design is used in an entryway, so using it over an entire room is probably not going to pan out. Keep it small and simple. HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks calls this striped look design part chevron and part Greek key pattern.

How to Achieve the Angled Paint Stripe Technique

Diagonal Stripes Technique

For this design, first pain the wall (or area you are putting this design) grey. Once the grey paint has fully dried, pencil in a row of 16 inch squares across the top. Then another row below that and so on until the wall is filled in. Start using painter’s tape in the top left square. Run tape in 1 inch diagonal stripes. Then in the next square repeat the diagonal stripes in the opposite direction. When the wall (or section you are painting) is completely done being taped, then paint the area white.


Stay tuned for more new home design ideas for adding colour and unique décor aspects to your home. Our next blog post will be all about ways to use patterns and stripes as design elements without overpowering the room.

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