Get Crisp Paint Lines For Color Blocking on Walls

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It can be really frustrating to spend an hour taping off a level line on your wall just to have the paint bleed under the painter's tape. Luckily, there's a really easy solution that requires only one additional (and simple) step to achieve a clean paint line with painter's tape.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

No photo editing was used in this graphic. You're looking at the true crisp line I was able to achieve on my bonus room walls. The process is simple and it's such a no-brainer, you'll wonder "Why didn't I think of that?!"

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls
PAINTING A STRAIGHT LINE THAT DOESN’T BLEED UNDER THE PAINTER’S TAPE

The process for getting a good result with painters tape is always going to be a little time-consuming. But just one extra step on the front end can give you far better results.

STEP ONE: Mark a straight line across your entire wall.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

STEP TWO: Follow that line to apply your painter’s tape.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

STEP THREE: Using upward strokes, (towards the seam of the painter’s tape), paint the edge of the painter’s tape in the wall color you used prior.

Painter’s tape will always bleed but when you apply the existing wall color BEFORE your accent color, you’re insuring the bleed will blend.

Allow paint to dry.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

STEP FOUR: Now, apply your accent color. Use a brush near the paint line so you don’t get overzealous with a roller.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

Now is a good time to stand back and make sure your lines present evenly across the room.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

Once you’ve verified your line appears straight, move forward with rolling on your accent wall paint.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

Then remove the painter’s tape by slowly peeling it back once everything has dried.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

ADDITIONAL PRO TIPS:

Creating a straight line in a corner is easy because you can just flip the level to the next side. But getting a straight line when you’ve had obstacles, like windows, keeping you from accessing the full line is trickier.

Here’s how I handle it -

Measure the exact height of your existing line from baseboard to line.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

Now mark that line on the next area of wall.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

Follow the same process for creating a level line as before.

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

You can apply the same tips to door frames.

If you need to paint around a light switch, just remove the switch plate and continue your line and tape over the naked switch (turn off power if necessary)

get crisp paint lines for color blocking on walls

With this blue color block, I’ve managed to break up the massive beige walls in this space.

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3 of 4 questions
  • Dl.5660408
    on Aug 28, 2019

    All your tips are so useful, thank you. I wondered what color/brand your paint was and did you do the textured wall by the steps?

    • Teri | T. Moore Home
      on Sep 4, 2019

      Thank you so much! There's a link to my blog in this post that will give you all the sources for the wall color and wall treatments.

  • Gail
    on Aug 28, 2019

    I tried to reread so I would not ask a redundant question but I did not find my answer. I am so curious about the white wall and what is on the. The squares?

    • Teri | T. Moore Home
      on Sep 4, 2019

      Thank you so much! There's a link to my blog in this post that will give you all the sources for the wall color and wall treatments.


  • Short
    on Aug 28, 2019

    What is the textured wall by the steps

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  • Ruthann Nissly Martinez
    on Aug 28, 2019

    I have done stripes with this technique & then I discovered Frog Tape. It was so much easier & I got crisp lines on the textured walls in my house!

    • Katrina
      on Aug 28, 2019

      Frog Tape has taken the market over when it comes to painters tape!

      It has silicon in it. =)

  • Bubber
    on Aug 30, 2019

    Tried painting the straight line that doesn't BLEED UNDER THE PAINTER’S TAPE- and it actually works!! Only wish I had followed the instructions to the "T" and that is to wait till fully dry  . Thank you for sharing the tip!!

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