Painting Tone On Tone Wall Stripes: Glossy and Matte Sheen Variation

Question: I like the look of tone on tone wall stripes (when there are alternating shiny and flat stripes in the same color).

How can I get the same effect?

Answer: This tone-on-tone wall striping technique is most effective on dark surfaces - the darker the wall base color, the more the contrast will show up.
You can create this finish using paint only, or with urethane.

First, apply the base color (1-2 coats) in a flat/matte finish.

Second, follow the basic instructions for measuring, marking and taping off as described in the tutorial "Painting Vertical Stripes".

Next, roll on or brush on the shiny product of your choice. You can use paint in the same color but in a shinier finish than the base coat, or clear urethane (choose from satin, semi-gloss or gloss).

Keep in mind that this treatment relies on lighting for its effect. The contrast in sheen can range from dramatic to subtle depending on the direction and intensity of lighting, and on the relative position of the viewer.

The pattern is bold and clear when brightly lit, but will gradually fade away as the surface recedes into shadow.

In order to exploit the full range of contrasts, apply this paint striping technique to a broad, flat surface (for example, hallway or foyer walls).

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by: Ronald Bray

Did not know that the light and sheen of the paint can really affect the color. Will keep this in mind when it's time to repaint, thanks for the heads up.

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