To give your walls a dimensional look, start with a neutral base coat, then pick a secondary color that'll pack some punch. Use a pencil, ruler, and plumb line to outline the stripes, suggests New York City-based decorative painter Alison Shapiro. Then, to give them an icing-like translucence, mix one part interior latex paint with two parts latex glaze, and pour it into a small roller tray. "The glaze-paint mix may be different from what you're used to, so practice on some illustration board until you get the right look and can do a stripe in one swipe," Shapiro says.
Roll on the wide stripes, and if your edges are slightly uneven, don't worry too much. You want your work to have a made-by-hand, folk-art quality. Wait a day for the paint to dry, then add the pinstripes with a ½
-inch-wide round artist's brush. To introduce a little contrast, use straight color with no glaze for these. Used here:
Whizz Roller System's 2¾
-inch roller, $4; Benjamin Moore's
Regal Interior latex, about $16; Studio Finishes latex glaze, $8 per quart