Create Your Own Stroke of Brilliance

The striped tone-on-tone technique is one of the simplest ways to create a truly elegant wall finish. Add a designer look to any room without the designer price tag! Follow our simple instructions to create your own Stroke of Brilliance!

6 Easy Steps to Shadow Striping
  1. Paint wall(s) in the base colour using Regal Wall Satin latex flat (#1357 was used here).
  2. Using a level, make small tick marks (chalk is preferable) about three inches form the corner, creating a straight vertical line.
  3. Using a two inch wide low tack painters' tape such as Easy Mask or Kleen Edge, mask down the wall, lining up the edge of the tape with the marks. Erase marks once tape is in place.
  4. Tape entire wall or area. Adjust pieces of tape that are not straight.
  5. Using Benjamin Moore's Latex Acrylic High-Gloss Urethane and a brush or roller, paint in between the strips of tape.
  6. Remove tape before Urethane is dry to prevent its bonding to the wall.

Shadow Striping Tips

  1. Usually, a darker base colour creates more contrast in the final look.
  2. Stripe widths do not have to be even, you can vary the width, using a one inch and a three inch striping pattern or even work your way up from one inch to five inches and back again, creating a wave pattern.
  3. The best rule of thumb is to use standard tape widths as your guide for stripe widths. That way there is less measuring and, therefor, less chance of making a mistake.
  4. Keep in mind that the wider the stripes, the faster the job.
  5. This finish really becomes apparent on long walls, so it's great in halls.

 Compliments of: Hyde Park Paint & Paper, London