clock menu more-arrow no yes

Striped Wall Design Guide

Photo by Kolin Smith

The width of the stripes and the colors you choose for your accent wall will have a dramatic effect on the feel of the pattern. Wide, uniform-width stripes in tonal colors create a formal atmosphere, while thin stripes in varied widths tend to look more playful. Here are a few ideas to inspire both your pattern and your palette.

Paint: Benjamin Moore's Natura semigloss in Eccentric Lime, Lucky Charm Green, Splash, Yosemite Blue, Super White

Formally Tonal

Photo by Abode/Beateworks/Corbis

Stripes painted in uniform widths and in tonal colors, such as two shades of blue or a bright yellow and yellowish beige, create a formal look appropriate for a sitting area or period room.

Young and Hip

Photo by Bieke Classens/Getty Images

Wide bands in a handful of sizes create a trendy tone, especially when painted in bright colors set against earth tones. Such patterns work best in a kid's room or a modern living space.

Playfully Skinny

Photo by Richard Powers/Arcaid/Corbis

Thin stripes painted in a variety of sizes and colors inject a fun feel. Create a layered look by painting a thin stripe of one color one stripe after a wide stripe

of the same color.

Cool and Casual

Photo by Red Cover/Alamy

To introduce a striped pattern without jolting your eye, choose muted colors from the same palette and leave large strips of the background color exposed in varied widths between each painted stripe.