To create this bold effect, you’ll need:
• a base colour of your choice (we recommend a neutral hue) • your chosen colours to create the stripe effect • a medium-sized paintbrush • some string • a piece of chalk.
1. Create a base
Paint two coats of your chosen base colour. This will give you a great canvas to work from.
2. Measure your design
Use chalk to mark out the width of your design – this is where you’d like your striped design to begin and end on the wall. Your design can be as large or small as you like – we’ve used the width of the bed to base our design around.
Mark out these two horizontal spots on the wall with chalk (we recommend you use the same colour schemes as one of your paint colours – this will make it easy to paint over).
3. Prepare your string
Now, here’s the clever trick. Once you’ve marked your two horizontal spots, measure enough string to stretch between these marks on the wall. Run your chalk along the length of the string and then tape each end to the spots on the wall.
4. Create a guideline
Give the string a good pluck – you’ll find that you’re left with a chalk mark along the wall. This will give you a guideline to follow and make the painting a bit easier.
5. Mark out your design
Repeat steps two to four, creating lines with chalk at 50cm intervals down the wall until you’ve got the size of the design that you want.
6. Start painting
Now, you’re all set to begin painting! Use a small amount of paint on your brush, and paint in long, sweeping brush strokes, following the chalk guidelines you’ve made. You don’t need to apply too much pressure, as the idea is to get a beautiful delicate effect.
7. Create your design
You can add as many colours as you like, and use different sized brushes to create stripes in different widths. The only rule is to keep the lines horizontal.