Paint Flower Petals on a Bedroom Wall
Blossoms strewn across a wall, bed, and lamp, as if blown there by the wind? Sweet dreams…
It’s not hard to imagine how ordinary this space might seem without tumbling petals and stems. Or how flat it might look if their path had stopped short of the headboard, never mind somewhere other than the lampshade.
The scheme begins with a serene base coat (like Benjamin Moore’s ). Things get interesting with a burst of blossoms in three sizes colored a midnight blue (like Benjamin Moore’s ). Notice that under that blue is the same impression in a lighter shade to add dimension; letting the blossoms fall at a boundary-defying diagonal makes the whole tableau come alive.
The easiest way to do this is with oversize stamps. Ready-made ones this size are rare, but you can make your own: Find and trace three images and press the outlines on craft foam before carving them out and gluing them to a block. Use a sponge dabber to apply latex paint to the stamps, starting with the lighter color and cleaning the sponge between colors. After practicing on paper, move to the wall, then the headboard and lamp—add textile medium (available at crafts stores) to turn latex into fabric paint—spacing and varying the angles of the blossoms, as shown. Overlaying a dark blue on pale blue or white not only adds depth but also helps fill in any gaps. Use a small artist’s brush to add centers to some of the blossoms or to sharpen any blurred outlines. Not that the effect is supposed to be exact—think more along the lines of dreamy.