How High and Wide Should the Wall Stripe Border Be?

Where should I place the wall stripe?

Where should I place the wall stripe?




Question: We are painting the walls in my son's room chocolate brown with 1 orange horizontal stripe/border. My question is: how high and wide do I make the horizontal stripe?

His room is roughly 10x11 with 9' high walls (the ceiling is not being painted). I want to go all the way around the room with the orange stripe.

I am thinking a single 24-36 inch stripe (more like a band) at the picture rail level - does that sound reasonable?

I've attached a picture (see above), but I am not sure how helpful it will be, as the room has just been painted so there is no furniture. The headboard will be at about 45", which is about at the bottom 3rd of the window casing, for reference.

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Answer: There are 3 best placements for a wall border or a single horizontal stripe:

- 1/3rd down from the ceiling ("picture rail")
- in the middle of the wall
- 1/3rd up from the floor ("chair rail")

Where you place yours will depend on the furniture in the room (its scale and the way it is arranged).

Here are 2 rules of thumb:

If the top part of the walls looks "bare", paint the stripe at the picture rail level to fill the upper wall space and balance out the scale. At this height, a 6 to 12 inch stripe will look best.

Otherwise paint the stripe in the middle of the wall or at the chair rail level - the height of the furniture will give you a clue about which level to choose. 24-36" bands look best here (they will look too heavy on the picture-rail level).

So in your particular case (based on the photo and description of the room), I recommend a 10" border at the picture-rail level (see the placement demonstration below).


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