Curved Stripes Under the Stairs

When I painted wide stripes in our entryway, I loved the result, but thought they looked a little bit out of place with just the one wall painted.  Continuing the stripes around the corner and under the staircase might have looked too busy, but I’m actually loving the result! It’s awesome when you finish a project and are immediately pleased with the outcome.
Painted curved stripes, paint colors Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige & Urbane Bronze  | Honey We're Home
I started by repainting the entire wall it’s original color (for touch-ups and to start with a clean slate).  Having only painted the entry wall previously, my husband leveled, drew, and taped the lines for the two walls under the stairs.  Have to give credit where credit is due!
Unfortunately, we used yellow tape that is meant for freshly painted walls but it didn’t stick well and started falling from the walls, so I had to retape almost the whole thing.  I used Frog Tape for the entryway walls and I think that worked the best.  I had to touch-up a few spots under the stairs, but that might have been because I had to stop and buy more paint mid-project or because I was more careful in pressing the tape down very well on the entryway wall. 
I wrote a detailed post about how to get perfect stripes when I painted the entryway wall, but the main tips are:
– Use a leveler to draw your lines (not a laser leveler- it’s too hard to draw on a line that keeps disappearing). You may need one person to hold the leveler and another person to draw the lines.
– Tape above and underneath the drawn lines. Press the tape down hard to get the best seal.
–  Paint over the tape with the opposite paint color.
–  Paint the stripe color (2-3 coats).
–  Peel the tape off while the stripe paint is still wet. 

Painted curved stripes, paint colors Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige & Urbane Bronze | Honey We're Home
You can see the type of levelers I have in the picture below. And the tall ladder I had to use to get up so high.  Yikes! I removed the light switch plate when painting the walls and then used a roller to paint it so it would blend with the wall.  It doesn’t look that great though- I probably should have tried to find a spray paint to match. 
Painted curved stripes, paint colors Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige & Urbane Bronze | Honey We're Home
The finished result looks so much better! See the before HERE
Painted curved stripes, paint colors Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige & Urbane Bronze | Honey We're Home
What do you think?  
The paint colors used are:
Door:  Sherwin Williams Brown Fox
Wall Color:  Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige
Dark Stripe:  Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze

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Hi! I’m Megan, mom to a thoughtful teenager and spunky young girl. We call Houston home and recently moved into our dream home. I traded my lawyer hat to become a full-time blogger in 2010. I love sharing my passion for affordable fashion, home decor, organization, & fitness to help inspire you to take care of you!


  1. How stunning, it looks great. Looking forward to seeing how you finish it off.
    Certainly is a grand staircase and carries the stripe well. Love the colors you've used!

    West of the Square Designs

  2. This looks awesome!! I love the way it looks around the curved wall and I have always loved your staircase and round table where it sits. I loved the tall arrangement too:)!! Well done!


  3. It looks amazing! You did a great job! I like how it looks with the floor and the stripe on the vase looks great too. I understand what you mean about painting the light switch but I think you made the right decision…it would have ruined the look if you left it white. Kudos to you for making such bold and time consuming (painting stripes!) choices; they paid off and it looks really stylish and modern. You should be really proud. One thing I like is that your decorating choices are fresh, unexpected and modern. You wouldn't expect to see a striped foyer or even the black doors in the house and yet it all works beautifully.

    1. I appreciate your comment. I wanted the curved staircase but since we moved in I've had trouble figuring out how to decorate the space. I wonder if I could find a switchplate that is dark gray like the walls?? Painting it also makes the switches stick a little bit.

  4. Love it! I am so impressed that you were able to do this so well on a curved wall! Since you mentioned having to do a bit of touch up in spots, I wanted to ask if you've ever tried using quick coat of faux glaze along the tape before painting? I did this when painting ombre stripes in our nursery and it works fabulously and eliminated the need for touch up. I know you've painted stripes before, so you probably already know about this technique, but I though I'd throw it out there just in case.

  5. This is one of my favorite things you've done, M! I love it. And impressive to measure and tape off a curved wall. Nice team work. So so beautiful. Quite the impact. I wish I could walk in and see it in person.

  6. Oppppps. Please edit my comment to Megan, not Kristin. I was distracted while I was typing (husband poked his head in) I was looking at Kristin's comment while typing…..please forgive..☺☺☺

  7. It really looks great, Megan. To me it seems like it would be so difficult to paint stripes on the curved wall, but you did a wonderful job. Very striking.

  8. It looks absolutely amazing!!! I love the risks you're taking to make your home so happy for you guys!! And what a good egg you have for helping out!!! 😉

  9. Hey Megan! I am loving the look of these stripes! I am so stripe obsessed and you made it work so well in your foyer! Where did you get your inspiration for this idea!? Was it Pinspired? lol I just wanted to let you know that I love your site and this project really drew me in! Thanks for the inspiration for future projects. Best – Meredith

    1. Hi Meredith! Thanks so much! We had painted stripes in the entryway, so it just made sense to carry the stripes around the wall and I love how it turned out!

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