How to Measure a Pattern Repeat for Wall Stripes
Question: I want to paint wall stripes in my powder room, but I don't know how to measure the pattern's repeat, so I'm stuck in planning. Please help!
If your pattern consists of only 2 stripe types that repeat over and over (for example, white/yellow/white/yellow/white/etc, or 6"/1"/6"/1"/6"/etc), you need to measure the width of any 2 adjacent stripes in order to get the repeat's measurement.
For complex stripe patterns (where you have 3 or more stripe types), you have to measure the width of the repeating stripe cluster. For example, if your pattern looks like white/beige/brown/white/beige/brown/white/etc stripes, you have to measure the width of the white+beige+brown stripe cluster; that will be the repeat.
When you finish painting a white/beige/brown stripe pattern, for example, you don't want to end up with 2 white stripes side by side, now do you?
That's why determining the repeat size is so important - it will help you avoid silly mistakes and unpleasant surprises (just remember that when you divide the wall measurement by the stripe repeat, you should always get an even number).