|Hand Painted Wall Flowers|
ne of the keys to successful decorating is flexibility. Matt would agree whole heartedly, especially since he’s the one who can frequently be found climbing ladders, moving furniture, and hanging light fixtures. While physical flexibility is certainly a help, flexible thinking is a must! Oftentimes, we start out with one idea, but the plan seems to evolve and change so that the final project bears little resemblance to the original plan.
This was certainly the case in a bathroom we decorated. This small bathroom was located directly off the master bedroom. The bathroom had been made handicap accessible with the addition of wide double doors, which when opened, made the entire bathroom visible from the bedroom. Since it was necessary for the bathroom to closely coordinate with the bedroom, we choose the bedroom wallpaper as our inspiration. Our first idea was to create a sage green faux linen
We decided to proceed with the faux linen technique, but to change the color palette to a soft yellow with a light golden glaze. We felt this color combination would coordinate well with both the bedroom wallpaper, and the bathroom tiles, making the tiles less objectionable. We completed the painting technique, and although it looked very nice, the room seemed a bit drab. Time for Plan C.
fter a bit of discussion, Matt and I decided to combine several painting techniques to create a warmer, more interesting space. We added soft cream colored stripes accented with a green hand painted vine. The stripes totally changed the look of the room, and the vines were a perfect accent to the bedroom wallpaper. The bathroom went from blah to beautiful, just by building on our original plan. If you’d like to try this technique, here’s what you’ll need:
2. After the base coat is thoroughly dry, use blue tape to divide the room into 27” to 36” wide panels. The room must be divided into panels because, although the
4. Skip the next panel and move on to repeat step 3. Continue in this fashion until the room is complete.
6. Next, using the acrylic paint, add a small wavy vine along one side of the stripe to bring in additional color, and some tiny buds here and there to add more detail to your design. Don’t worry about getting the vines perfect - subtle differences will make the finished product even more interesting.