Inspiration: Cabana-Stripe Entryway

Vertical stripes “bring the eye up,” says Atlanta interior designer Dayka Robinson, whose entryway is shown here. “I opted for horizontal stripes because I wanted to create one long path from the front of the house toward the back, lengthening the space.” She also wanted to mask a door with a seamless pattern. Along the way, she created a snazzy, elegant introduction to the rest of the house. To get the look, coat the entire wall in Emerald® Interior Acrylic Latex Paint in Alabaster SW 7008  by Sherwin-Williams. Next, divide the wall into 9-inch stripes. Robinson says, “I included the baseboards and crown molding in my measurements,” she says, “so they’d blend in with the wall.”  

Using a tape measure and a laser level, Robinson’s crew taped off the stripes, arranging the pattern so that the partial top and bottom stripes were glossy white. Deep-black stripes, painted in Sherwin-Williams Tricorn Black SW 6258, match the front door and the wall along the facing staircase. To soften the crisp lines, Robinson layered accessories with varied textures. The cabana-style stripes begin at the front door and continue down the hall, camouflaging a door to the garage along the way.

To learn more about the paint used to create this makeover, visit your neighborhood Sherwin-Williams Paint Store!

(This article originally appeared in This Old House magazine. Author// Deborah Baldwin. Photos // Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn.)


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