Making stripes on walls and floors can be easy and effective. I use a builders level or a plumb line to help ascertain the lead horizontal or vertical line and create the others around it. Often I use the DM1 Big&Bold Decorating Masks to make my stripes. These are packs of uniform lengths and width of stencil film which come with instructions to help create the perfect stripey surface. I bring you a selection of projects that have been created with the tool and some that were not..but could have been.
I decorated this hotel room with the same mask but used a translucent colour wash rather than opaque paint for the beige stripe. I may have been inspired by the following picture which shows stripes that finish before the edge of the wall.
Now I'm getting fancy and punchy! On the pictures above and below I have used the DM1 stripe decorating mask with other masks from the same Big & Bold collection. Above is DM13 Blossom and below is DM12 Sunflowers. Notice how floors may be decorated using the same striping tool.
As well as offering 3 sizes of mask we can cut bespoke sizes of stencil film for you to make all kinds of stripes from as I have done in this Japanese style room. Aternatively, there are various different widths of decorators tape on the market, we offer a new, very low tack one and two old favourites.
A master of the stripe in interiors and gardens is Anouska Hempel, I must write a post about her, I am such a fan. The picture shows a page from my copy of the book Anouska Hempel by Marcus Binney and she has used the horizontal stripe to great effect. The same coloured stripes appear on the floor.
Another great striper is Kelly Hoppen and this picture of a page from her book East Meets West shows the stripe in vertical form. Notice how the broad stripe is enhanced by a counter stripe along its edges. A narrow border stripe is acheived easily with the application of quarter inch tape along the edge of the stripe. This is how I create a slim stripe; flank the quarter inch tape on both sides with a wider decorating tape. Make sure that all three tapes just touch each with no overlap or gaps. When all three lengths of tape are pressed into position alongside each other the narrow tape is removed. Stencil the quarter inch gap that now runs between the wider tapes. Apply and reapply the tape as needed, even low tack tape can be used for more than one length of stripe.
The final photo has nothing to do with decorating rooms...but if I lose some pounds in weight and gain them in my purse I would adore this stripey shirt from Celine. The model has my hair colour..it must be a sign!