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

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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


  1. January 22, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    This looks so chic! Love the look!

  2. January 22, 2014 / 4:19 pm

    Simply stunning! We have a curved staircase too and now just you gave me to itch to attempt the stripes too. 🙂

  3. January 22, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    Love it! So inspired!

  4. January 22, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    Megan, it looks amazing! WOW. So proud of you for doing that. I tried painting the nursery with stripes before the baby was born but gave up. Awesome job!

  5. January 22, 2014 / 5:04 pm

    Looks great! Stripes are so hard to paint! I thought I would paint stripes in my bathroom one evening. HA it took nearly a week to get it right!

  6. January 22, 2014 / 5:25 pm

    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

  7. January 22, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Wow, those stripes really make the space!

  8. January 22, 2014 / 5:53 pm

    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!


  9. January 22, 2014 / 5:55 pm

    So amazing. It totally completes the look for your entryway and adds so much personality to that area. I love it!

  10. Dream Mom
    January 22, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    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.

    • January 22, 2014 / 5:16 pm

      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.

  11. Andrea Worley
    January 22, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    Turned out beautiful! Love the look of stripes, I think they make a big impact!

  12. January 22, 2014 / 11:36 pm

    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.

  13. Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    January 22, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    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.

  14. January 23, 2014 / 12:24 am

    Love it Megan! So impressed with how you were able to do it so perfectly on the curved wall. Looks amazing!!

  15. January 23, 2014 / 12:55 am

    This is not just painting stripes on the wall……this is ART!!!!!! So beautiful! Very Architectural Digest or Veranda. Just beautiful. Good job, Kristen. Good job☺

  16. January 23, 2014 / 1:00 am

    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..☺☺☺

  17. January 23, 2014 / 1:11 am

    This looks fabulous! Seriously, one of my faves yet! Great job!

  18. Launa
    January 22, 2014 / 7:42 pm

    Wow! LOOOOOOVE it!

  19. The White City Project
    January 22, 2014 / 8:57 pm

    I love how this turned out. Great job!

  20. January 23, 2014 / 4:24 am

    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.

  21. January 23, 2014 / 7:47 am

    I am so in love with this! Such an amazing statement! I have seen and loved a lot of stripes in my life, but these just be my favorite yet! Gorgeous darling!!!

  22. {Hi Sugarplum!}
    January 23, 2014 / 3:20 am

    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!!! 😉

  23. Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    January 23, 2014 / 3:56 am

    That looks fab! It adds a bit of a modern Paris feel to your entry. Love it.

  24. natasha {schue love}
    January 23, 2014 / 4:18 am

    Oh it looks SO good!!! Love how you curved it around the stairs…that takes mad skills!! 😉

  25. January 23, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    This turned out so nice. I know you have been at a loss with what to do with this space, but I think you got it now! I hope your hubby likes this too.

  26. January 23, 2014 / 3:45 pm

    This came out great! I am uber impressed at the perfect stripes on the curved wall. That had to have been a little painful to figure out!

  27. Bethany DeVore
    January 23, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    It works so well with the curved wall! Love it!

  28. January 24, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Oh dear, those are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing how you did it! One day, I will own a house and will do this! hahah

  29. January 25, 2014 / 7:00 am

    Oh Megan, I just LOVE them! They look fabulous. I'm repainting my entire home in a couple of weeks and I'm SO incredibly excited, and I would LOVE to do one of my walls with stripes. Love your blog. Thanks so much for sharing!–♥Angie

  30. January 27, 2014 / 3:46 am

    I love it! You're so brave, and that's what I admire the most!! I would love for you to stop my new blog and give me some tips! Because I love what you've done with yours! Thanks! Xo Kathy

  31. January 27, 2014 / 3:28 pm

    Love, love and love. Such a modern and bold look. Plus I feel like you can never go wrong with classic gray and white.

  32. January 30, 2014 / 9:04 pm

    Loved how this turned out!!!

  33. March 3, 2014 / 10:45 pm

    Found you through the CWS link. I love big stripes and contrast. Looks great!

  34. March 7, 2014 / 1:44 am

    I love how you took the stripes all of the way to the stairs…it looks great! Such a dramatic and timeless look! 🙂


  35. March 19, 2014 / 11:15 am

    Simply a Great Design! Your Staircase is a key element of your home’s architectural design. More importantly, it is a reflection of your personal style and taste.

  36. May 5, 2014 / 10:57 am

    Great choices! The teal rug looks great with your Treppenr color! And seriously- that entire space is so well coordinated.

  37. March 16, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    Wow! Love this paint effect- it just looks fab! like the wall is almost part of the stairs. Beautifully done 🙂

  38. August 11, 2016 / 2:38 pm

    I like the pot of color the painted doors bring to the foyer area. Did you only paint one side of the doors?

    • August 11, 2016 / 7:55 pm

      Thank you! Yes, the other side of the door is still white.

  39. August 24, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    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

    • August 24, 2016 / 8:11 pm

      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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