2 Incredibly Simple Techniques For Painting Straight Lines On Walls That Anyone Can Do

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2 Incredibly Simple Techniques For Painting Straight Lines On Walls That Anyone Can Do

Keeping one’s hand steady long enough to paint a perfectly straight line may come naturally to interior designers, but for most of us “non-artists” it requires intense focus and a bit of luck to do freehand.

Fortunately, there are tricks for painting straight lines on walls – techniques that don’t require a fine eye or luck – and today we will cover a few of them here on the Norberg Paints blog.

The following techniques work for a variety of uses, including painting accent walls, painting seamless lines between the ceiling and the wall, and painting striped patterns.

Technique #1: Painter’s Tape

Method A: For painting accent walls or straight lines where the ceiling meets the wall.


Probably the simplest way to paint a straight line on your wall is by using painters tape. Let’s say you want to paint two adjacent walls different colors. Using the lighter of the two colors first, paint wall “A,” not being afraid to get paint on wall “B.”

This step requires patience as you’ll need to let the first wall dry completely before continuing.

Once dry, apply painter’s tape to the freshly painted wall “A” at the crevice where the two walls meet. Then, using the second color, paint carefully along the crevice. (The painter’s tape is there to be painted on, so don’t worry about being too careful.) Finish painting the rest of the wall and let dry.

Slowly peel off the tape to reveal your beautifully straight lines.

Method B: For painting stripe patterns on walls.

Start with a ruler, making registration marks where you want the lines to intersect. Start at the bottom of the wall and work your way up, placing a registration mark with a pencil every 8 inches – or however wide you want the line pattern to be.

Now that you’ve made the marks, connect them with painter’s tape. When taping is complete, your lines will not appear even, as you are taping above and below the registration mark to block out the full width of the stripe.

Go over the tape with your thumb to make sure it’s smooth. For perfectly crisp lines, seal the edges of the painter’s tape with some of the base wall color prior to painting on the contrasting color.

Technique #2: Paintable, Clear Caulk

Much like the first technique, this one involves using painter’s tape. Only for this technique, apply paintable, clear caulk to the side of the tape you’ll be painting on.


The caulk helps keep the painter’s tape in place and prevents paint from leaking through the cracks.┬áThis technique works well for ceilings or walls with lots of texture.