Yes, everyone is doing chevron right now, and ombre and ikat too. You know why? Because they are awesome. Chevron stripes have been a part of design and art for thousands of years, so when you use them you know you are using a classic, a thing that will stand the test of time, a thing that will not make you cringe in 10 years unlike your haircut in the 80's, whatever it was. Promise.

When Matthew is away, which is half of the time, I can get a little stir-crazy and energized and undertake things that maybe I wouldn't if he was around. Why paint chevron stripes on your dining room wall if your sweetie wants to watch Friday Night Lights episodes back to back to back?

When I set out to paint the dining room wall at 7pm I thought I'd be done in a couple hours. By 1am I was cursing Design Sponge and Pinterest and the entire history of chevron stripes in general. By 2am I was basking in the glory of my finished stripes and loving them with all my heart.

THEN

THEN

NOW (2 months ago)

NOW (2 months ago)

They are WICKED subtle. Most people don't notice them right away, which I'm very happy about. I wanted a design element that was almost subconscious and I think I got it. 

The stripes were done in one shade darker and one sheen shinier from the wall color, and no matter how many photos I take I can not capture their true color, so you'll just have to come over someday.

The math involved in making chevron stripes was something I was unprepared for. I didn't want to mark the walls with pencil grid lines and to be honest, to do so would have been against the impulsive nature of the project (and the impulsive nature of me), so I just stuck it out, swore a lot, and eventually found a rhythm.

Here is a slideshow of the process:

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AuthorSarah Reid
CategoriesBungalowed!