Hey, you look good in stripes...

Stripes are in and when done right, they are a fun way to add some liveliness to your paint scheme. The sky truly is the limit with stripes.  I’ve done quite a few projects that incorporate stripes into the design and for this, we focus on a more traditional, classic style.  The goal is to add color and dimension to a flat surface without turning it into a circus tent.  Here is how I normally go about a “striping project”.  First, assuming you have hired a painter, be sure to tell them what you want up front.  The more you communicate before the paint goes on the wall, the less likely it will be that you open a door to find a room out of a Dr. Seuss book, unless of course, that is the look you are going for!  I have found it better to let the pros do the work, but it’s not impossible to do it yourself.  Here is my DIY explanation.  Lay out a grid pattern using painter’s tape.  Take into account the size of your wall to figure out spacing.  I like 8 to 10 inches for a horizontal stripe to achieve a more classic feel.  Using your paint sample deck make your choices.  For a safe “go to” color pallet, use Benjamin Moore’s historic colors.  Pick a shade that you like for your base now change the value of that shade up or down two shades.  Those brighter or darker shades will be your stripes and they will work well together because they are the same core color.   This will give a monochromatic elegance to the room without being drab.