First up, is a tone-on-tone effect. I did this striping technique in the foyer of my second home. I painted the walls in a flat finish and then did the stripes in the same color but in a satin finish. My colors were similar to the color in the picture below. I love this look because it is very subtle. The tone-on-tone stripes would look great in a formal dining room, a master bedroom, or bathroom.
The next set of pictures shows stripes in the same color family, but with different shades. This is similar to the tone-on-tone stripes, but with this look, you use the same paint finish, i.e., flat, eggshell, or satin.
|I would love to do this in my breakfast nook!|
|I am seriously thinking about doing this in my master bedroom!|
Another striping technique is a color-block look. This is probably the easiest technique to do. Color blocking is using one to three colors and using wide stripes. A color-block look would work well in a transitional or contemporary space.
Take a look at my foyer again. I still love these stripes. The original color of the wall is Sherwin Williams Latte. I then added two Sherwin William colors--Steady Brown (my dining room color) and Coconut Husk (my living room color). Since I have no walls to display artwork or place furniture pieces, the stripes add interest to an otherwise boring space.
For a really bold look, you can use colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Or, colors that create a contrast. Check out the look of these rooms:
|I love this black and white together!|