I've had this idea floating around in my head about painting muted patterns on walls and making it a viable option for people who want the intrigue of cool wallpaper without the hassle of wallpaper installation. It worked a while ago when I painted my studio bathroom with big free-hand Chrysanthemums, and I thought It'd be awesome for a nursery.
My dream wall print for a home nursery? Madeline. I think little girls walking around in uniforms and wide brimmed hats playing and getting into mischief would be awesome and I'm hoping I get the chance to do it some day.
For this one, I'd basically be copying the patterns used to make the curtains lining the room. Thankfully, it was really cute. Who knew a rendering of the 2nd plague of the Egyptians could look so cheerful!
I had a feeling that if I just slapped the frogs on the wall it'd run the risk of looking a little severe, and laying down sky might read wrong so I broke up the almond colored walls with a little bug print painted in a lighter cafe-au-lait color. It's muted, but noticeable and cheery.
Here's a few photos that show how the whole thing went down:
|detail: beige on beige insect pattern|
|laying out the grass|
|here come the frogs|
|all the frogs are blocked out|
|how about some clouds!|
|adding color to the insects|
|detail: halfway there . . .|
|detail: center of mural|
|detail: left side of mural|
|detail: far left (we have a jumper!)|
|adding color to foreground|
|detail: almost done|
|detail: 3/4 done|
|detail: still needs outlining|
|this is more like it!|
|This is a happy little group|
|"I like the one that's praising Jesus!"|
|the pattern makes a difference, no?|
|view from the left|
|Just fishing, nbd . . .|
|I almost didn't do the dot flight patterns, but I'm glad I did!|
I'm pretty sure a baby will never cry in here again.