Should I Center Paint Stripes on the Walls?
Question: Should I center paint stripes on the walls? What's the right way to position them? I can't seem to find the answer anywhere.Answer:
Here's when it's a good idea to center stripes on the wall:
- when the stripes (or the stripe repeat) are wide, and/or the color combination is high in contrast
- when the focal wall or the first wall you see is very symmetrical (e.g. a painting in the middle of the wall, equally spaced windows, etc)
If the two examples above describe your situation, then you'll want to start your stripes in the middle of the most important wall in the room.
To center a stripe, first find and mark a vertical center of the wall. Next, measure and mark half the stripe width on each side of the center line. Then measure the full stripe width away from these marks, marking each interval.
If you want to place one stripe on each side of the center line, then measure the stripe width away from the center line, marking each interval. TIP:
if you continue a stripe around a corner, check that the first line you snap or tape off is plumb, and adjust if necessary.