Avoid the hassle of wallpaper by creating a patterned accent wall with paint, opposite. To channel this gingham look, first prep for the horizontal stripes by placing guide marks every 24 inches starting at the ceiling and working your way to the baseboard. Dip a 12-inch wallpaper smoothing brush into the paint and drag it horizontally across the wall at the ceiling to create your first stripe. Drag another horizontal stripe alongside the first to make a 24-inch stripe. Continue positioning the brush along the guide marks and dragging across, adding paint as needed. Repeat with vertical stripes, placing guide marks every 24 inches. Repaint as desired to darken the stripes.