I have one room in my house that has driven me crazy for nearly a decade now. It's the room in the very front of my home and I often refer to it as the "useless front room." It's too small to be a TV room (we've tried) the kiddos are too big for the playroom it once was, and we aren't currently homeschooling so it's no longer a classroom. At the moment, it's a very stiff, cold room for our office and work space, and I'm currently working on a plan so it can double as a partitioned off guest space when we have overnight visitors. Over the years, I've incorporated random color schemes into this room, trying to liven it up and make it fun and you know what? It never truly worked. We have always wanted to be good stewards of the space we call home and to have an entire room not "work" for our family felt wasteful. Also, it often felt too busy because of how much clutter I've normally got strung everywhere with my Etsy creations, so I personally needed less jarring color, and more soothing, streamlined pallet choices. Looking back, I think that I kept changing things because I wasn't at peace with it. Until yesterday.
try so hard. That said, we have one big wall in our useless room (giggle) that continually gets beat up by me as I work. I have touched it up frequently but it had become time for a fresh full coat of paint. I wanted something a little less boring.... but I loved the current color.
Solution. About a year ago, I had a project and my man took in one of our gallons of house paint (this only works with a brand new paint can) and had them double the tint in the existing paint. I wanted a richer color (in the same shade) in a few areas, and he suggested this. It was the most amazing idea. Same color, just richer, and warmer and I loved it. I didn't want to coat every wall with it, but it was great to have on hand. Remembering this, I began to plan, and I decided I wanted a soft, subtle stripe on this boring wall of my useless room.
In the end, I wrapped the stripes around the corner wall because it tends to be the wall shoes get knocked against in the comings and goings of our home. The overall effect is soothing and neutral, not jarring like some striped areas can be. It's also warmer and I love that it's the first wall that greets you when you walk through the front door.
favorite items above the desk in a sort of collage, and I love looking up at them. The stripes are perfect. Not one bleed through anywhere, and the whole thing took me about two hours. Want to know how to stripe your wall like a pro?
Second, use some Frog Tape (best stuff on the planet) to tape off your lines. (Make sure your tape is on the outside of the area you want to paint.)
Third, take the existing wall color (not the new color you're adding for stripes) and paint it right over the frog taped line edges. (Now is a great time to touch up any of the existing wall color areas in the unpainted stripes.) You are doing this so that if the paint bleeds through (and it always does) and under any of your tape, it will seal the edges with the same color so you'll never know. After that dries, you've now sealed your paint edges. You can begin painting the new color in between your taped off and sealed areas to create your stripes.
I had to hurry up and take these photos so I could put all my junk and kid school papers back on top of my desk! (I'm not kidding.) The wall colors are "Ivoire" by Sherwin Williams. (The stripe color is that same color with the tint doubled.)
Are you a fan of stripes?