Decorative Painting 101: Horizontal and Vertical Paint Strips

Step 1.

When getting pieces for house decorations, it is prudent to go for horizontal and vertical strips. For the horizontal strips, the net effect is a larger room appearing to note spacious. It is a simple mechanism to decorate a house, and the net result is a perceived dimensions and size of a room. Carefully measure the tape.

Horizontal and Vertical Paint StripsStep 2.

In the presence of all the essential materials, for painting and the room is in a transparent state and ready for painting, the undercoat used to paint the wall has to be the lightest among the two colors chosen for the job.  Leave it to dry for a duration of 4 hours or set to dry the whole night to achieve quality and desirable results.

Step 3.

Ascertained the drying of the basecoat before one decides the stripping decoration. For the stripes, marking and measuring the wall are the first steps of the process. The last seen corner acts as the starting point of the measurement followed by a division of the wall. 4 and 12 inches wide are the average sizes of the strips.

Tip: For the respective piece sizes, a 4 inched width and below becomes too busy and narrow and for a 12-inched strip, the width is associated with being heavy and wide. The first tape strip is marked or put in an obscure corner on the initial marking point.

Step 4.

The wall is marked or plotted with the corresponding lines to those of the strips by employing the use of a tape measure, solving the hustle involved in making new marks each time you complete painting the initially marked piece.

For similar strip measurements, the overall measurements of the wall taken and in turn divided by the number or another option would be to take the walls size and divided by a chosen odd number to help get the strip width desired.

Tip: The odd number of division gives an assurance of the similarity in color of the first and last pieces at the corners; hence, a cohesive design as the result. In the case of an intention to have, the entire wall painted in strips adjustments made accordingly.

Step 5.

Involves the creation of an outline. The process includes the use of a straight edge or level in coming up with the draft. The safe release tape or the low tack tape offers great results.

Tip: Because the other stripes painted independently, precisely tape out to ensure an outline of the line for desired results. Based on the nature of paint covering up the lines, the taping should be to the exterior of the line of chalk.

When employing the use of a chalk line for markings, the blue colored chalk is the best option as the as the yellow, or red colors happen to be permanent.

For an imperfect outcome in the measurement of stripes, the small differences in the marks are likely invisible to many people, based on the compound nature of the starting point at the corner. For more accurate and exact results of the strips, an adjustment of the strip is necessary to widths of the last wall. This method is also used by residential professional painters. A difference of about one quarter to a half inch is not readily noticeable to the naked eye.