Finishing work

Wall paint design with tape

Wall design with paint and tape is a classic design solution that does not become outdated. This method of painting is used to emphasize the style, and it does not matter what style it is – vintage, classic or any other. Strips are also suitable for modern styles, most often they are used to make adjustments to disproportionate rooms (a vertical strip will make the ceiling look higher, but visually narrows your room, horizontal stripes have the opposite function – they increase the boundaries of the room, but reduce the height). Another solution is the diagonal stripes. They increase the visual volume of the room, but the ceilings remain at the same level. All this is done using just a brush or roller, necessarily masking tape for clear borders and the paint itself.

“You can, of course, carry out cosmetic finishing of the walls with paint, and paste them over with Wallpaper that has stripes. But painting the walls has one very significant advantage – the color scheme, size, and configuration of the strips can be absolutely any, it all depends on your skills and imagination. But the choice of Wallpaper is limited to what you can find in the store.”

Let’s define the procedure for painting the walls


Creating a plan


Wall painting is divided into several stages. The first step is to create a General plan. At this point, you need to choose how the stripes will be placed, their width and color scheme. We must remember that too different from each other colors will make the room too bright and uncomfortable for the eyes, so use only shades. Another option is to use two types of paint (alternate glossy with matte, while the color can be one).

To have the same number of stripes on each wall, you need to measure the length of the wall and then divide by the width of the stripes themselves. If the number does not match, you can change the width slightly or make the most inconspicuous one, located in the corner, slightly wider or narrower than the others.

By the way, about the width of the stripes, now often made of a wider strip (10 to 30 centimeters). It happens that they are deliberately made of different widths.


Painting the surface in the base color


Next in line-painting the surface in the base color. This is the color of the light strip that the entire wall will be painted in. If the wall is previously painted with dark colors, then you need to either clean it with solvents or first paint it with white paint. Here we do not need masking tape, as all the available surfaces will be painted.




Now we need a tape measure and a pencil for marking. It is necessary to outline the boundaries of the bands and apply a color scheme. Both vertical and horizontal positions should start from the top of the dark corner. Use the construction level for perfectly flat lines.


Masking tape sticker


For this type of work, you will definitely have to buy paint tape. With its help created a smooth border of transition of colors. You need to stick the tape inside those strips that should not be exposed to paint, and you can not seal the marking line. If the marking was made using chalk, and not a pencil, you need to erase its traces with a dry cloth.

When gluing a masking tape-tape, each segment must be carefully ironed. To do this, use any card made of plastic or a specially designed iron. This is done so that the paint does not fall under the tape and does not spoil the border. In addition to the borders of colors, you need to have masking tape on all corners of the walls and their joints with the ceiling and floor.


Wall painting


After the masking tape has been pasted, you can start the main work. If the stripes are quite wide-they are painted with a roller, if narrow-you need to take up the brush. If the color of the underlying surface is close to the color of the second strip, only one layer of paint is enough. With very different colors, after waiting a certain time (usually a couple of hours is enough) after the first painting, apply the last, second, layer.


Remove the masking tape


This is the final and quite an important stage since you can not leave traces. This should be done as quickly as possible after the paint has been applied, otherwise, when it is completely dry, the paint layer may begin to peel off (the maximum time is an hour). Paint tape is carefully torn off, starting from the top or bottom.


If you want to paint three stripes


In cases where you need to make three strips on the wall, you also use masking tape. The tape layer is tightly glued to the strips that will remain intact and will have a base color. After the paint is applied to the second and third types of strips, while those that are sealed with tape should be between them.


The other option works


  1. First, we paint the entire surface in one color.
  2. Apply the markup lines according to the plan.
  3. Gluing tape. This is done so that the adhesive tape layer covers the strips of both the base and third color.
  4. Then paint the second color and remove the tape.
  5. After waiting for it to dry, you need to apply the tape again to the newly painted fresh strips.
  6. The final stage is to paint the remaining surface with paint of a third color. After that, immediately remove the tape.


Other creative ways


Using masking tape, you can create not only simple stripes in one direction, but also different patterns, depending on your imagination and plan. To do this, paint the wall surface in a basic shade. Then stick the masking tape according to the plan of your pattern. After this, use the roller to paint the surface again in a different color. Now remove the tape and the pattern is ready. You can do this in the form of squares, diamonds.


Consider options for wall paint design ideas with tape


  1. Color block


Color combination of large geometric shapes. Usually, bright colors are used to create it, which are opposed to each other, but blocks can also be pastel, similar in hue.


Vertical and horizontal


Dividing space into color blocks in a horizontal or vertical plane. Similarly, you can select functional areas in the room, for example, a desktop as an office or an entrance area that is combined with the room. Two similar colors look interesting in the horizontal division of the room. Here you should avoid a combination of white and color, this may cause the Association of a whitewashed wall.

Color can correct the geometry of the room: lower or raise the ceiling, push the walls, deepen the room. Similarly, you can paint sections of walls without observing clear boundaries. This will facilitate a strict style and give lightness to the room.








Diagonal and triangles


Geometric patterns are a simple way to diversify the room with paint. They are easily created using masking tape and painting areas with different colors. This method is suitable for all rooms but is particularly popular in the nursery. Contrasting transitions will be appropriate in areas where you are for a short time: hallways, corridors, bathrooms, bathrooms. Nuanced transitions – in all rooms.










This is the sequence of actions when painting a wall with triangles.







  1. Mountains


Mountain ranges are created as quickly as a large diagonal, they have a lot of variations and are most often used in children’s rooms.








  1. Broadband


It will not be difficult to paint the wall with wide stripes of different colors. Use 2-4 colors or create a gradient transition with shades of the same paint.










The sequence of actions when painting stripes looks like this.





  1. Scandi-triangles


More complex geometry that will take time to create. Such triangles look spectacular and non-trivial. You can use bright or pastel colors of paints, but limit the choice to 3-4 shades.








  1. Hexagons


Prepare a template and create an individual design on the wall. This geometric shape is in fashion and is used in many styles.








  1. Zigzag or Chevron


For the image, the wall will have to be pre-marked, pasted along the markup with pieces of tape, then painted. The design looks very original, suitable for various interiors.












  1. «Herringbone» pattern


Vertical lines from the floor to the ceiling intersect with sloping ones, arranged in the form of “Christmas trees” and “inverted Christmas trees”. This location is perfect for children’s rooms, hallways, and kitchens.








  1. «Gossamer»


Very fashionable today pattern. Masking tape is glued arbitrarily, inclined, intersecting lines from the ceiling to the floor. The pattern is asymmetric.








  1. «Geometry»


This design is also “in trend” for the last few years. It is similar to a spider’s web in its asymmetry, but the emphasis is not on the outer lines but on the inside. The shapes are separated from each other by stripes or performed completely without edging.









  1. The allocation of areas


The color highlights the work area, dining room, game room, and sleeping area, which is very convenient to use in studio apartments. This can be a bright rectangle or a shape framed by straight lines.









  1. Multicolored squares


Mark the wall into many squares and paint it with different colors. Squares can be separated from each other by stripes or can be without borders. Or simple additional drawing in the form of quadrilaterals, a darker shade.











  1. The technique of gradient


Instead of a sharp horizontal or vertical division of the wall into colors, you can use a gradient. In this case, it is necessary to speak, rather than about the band, but about mixing shades, and the complexity of this technique is higher. But if performed correctly, the visual effect will be remembered by the guests of your apartment for a very long time!













Decorative paint creates a finishing finish, helping to get almost any desired texture. The original version of wall painting is easy to do with your own hands, but when it comes to decorating large spaces, you need a skilled assistant or even a whole team of professional painters who will quickly and efficiently cope with the task.



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