An oversized check wows on a single wall.
Painting the wall instead of hanging wallpaper allows the pattern to be scaled large enough to make a grand statement that's still light and summery. Three separate shades of blue are required to replicate the colour gradations of gingham. For a combination that's just right, select shades that follow each other on a paint chip. Plan for this project to take a full weekend, as each paint colour needs to dry before the next colour can be applied.
Materials and Tools
- Painter's tape
- Paint (three shades, plus white)
- Small paint roller
Step 1: Paint the base colour
To begin, paint the wall white and let dry.
Step 2: Draw the grid
For a crisp line, create a grid of 6" squares, using a pencil, a yardstick and a level. Then, tape the perimeter of the squares with painter’s tape for a single shade of blue. When the paint is dry, peel off the tape and repeat for the next colour until the wall is complete.
Step 3: Begin with your darkest shade
Step 4: Apply your middle-tone colour.
Step 5: Apply darkest colour.
Lycken dining table, Ikea; chairs, The Door Store; glass vessel, Sharon O’Dowd Antiques and Custom Furniture; wall colours, Straight Leg (P5157-75), Bell Bottoms (P5157-63D), Jean Jacket (P5157-52), white colour, Blanch (P5225-14D), Para Paints.