The use of wallpaper may have been prevalent in the 70’s, but then again, so was the bell-bottom jean! An all over pattern can be really chic, and in this case, kitschy-chic! I picked the faint lime green wall color on a whim based on the mere fact that it made me smile. The freshly painted walls craved some special treatment, but I couldn’t quite figure out what. So I did as I always do, leave it ‘til the inspiration comes!
I love fresh flowers throughout the house; I put a single magenta tulip in a dainty vase on the guest bathroom sink. It looked as though it just belonged. So I endeavored to create ‘hand-painted wallpaper’ – a technique I’ve admired for some time.
Tips to achieve the ‘hand-painted wallpaper’ effect:
1. Pick a simple image that can easily be replicated without much variation.
2. Choose the layout of the pattern, i.e. staggered vertical lines, keeping in mind the placement of outlets, light switches, and other architectural features.
3. Practice on something other than the wall first!
Most important tip: Be creative! Be fearless! ‘Hand-painted’ requires imperfections! ☺