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Painted Panelling

Decorate walls with this 18th-century Swedish technique.

British paint authority Annie Sloan used an old Swedish trick of painting lines to replicate panel moudling, lending the staircase wall in her home an old-world feel. She worked out beforehand where the panels should be on the stairway by doing a rough drawing and making some notes about the colours. She used Old White for the centre panels, Country Grey (a soft brown-grey) on the outer areas, and Aubusson Blue lightened with Old White for the lines. She painted the lines around the centre panels thicker than those of the outer frame.

See more from Annie Sloan's book, Colour Recipes for Painted Furniture and More, in our photo gallery.

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