Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Using Horizontal Stripes

Andy and Lauren asked me for help with their kitchen/great room. The walls were a blah tan and they wanted to introduce some color and excitement to this not very exciting space. I loved working on this project because they already owned some beautiful pieces of furniture and the room has some nice features going for it, like a large picture window and great hardwood floors.

I’ve used horizontal stripes in other projects before and they never fail to deliver some pizzazz to an otherwise boring room. We used professional painters here, but this is a fairly easy project that many homeowners can tackle themselves. The key is to measure carefully and make sure your taped lines are perfectly straight. 

Here are some before pictures… it was a rainy day so photographing was tricky.
The lightest color was painted first as the base coat.
Next, the painter carefully measured and taped for the stripes.
The window wall was painted Benjamin Moore's Tea Room which is a gentle red. This color works wonderfully for those who prefer softer, earthier tones of red. This is considered a traditional Victorian red but works well in modern settings. The stripes were done in Benjamin Moore's Oat Straw and Subtle.
The after photo’s show how a simple paint technique can dramatically change the look of the room.
 The patterned pillows are from Target.

Remember that outlet and plug covers need to get the same paint treatment as the walls. You don’t what to emphasize them, but rather have them blend into the walls as much as possible. 
Horizontal stripes can be done with a combination of flat and glossy paint in the same color for a more subtle look, or high contrast like black and white for a real statement.

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