How To Make an Overwhelming Paint Color Work for You

How To Make an Overwhelming Paint Color Work for You

Sarah Rainwater
Feb 10, 2010

When we toured artist Jen French's house, we were in awe of her wonderful wall paintings, and here's another sample of her handiwork. Though she liked the color of the olive green wall in her family room, Jen wasn't crazy about how dark it was so she incorporated the color into a pattern, using the green for the lines of the interlocking boxes. Here's how she did it.

Jen originally got the idea from this spare bedroom transformation on Apartment Therapy New York. She made a square template out of cardboard, then drew the lines on the wall using chalk. She taped each square and painted over the wall with cream-colored paint.

When the paint was dry, she removed the tape and started applying the smaller designs with darker paint inside the squares, using stamps and stencils she found at Michael's. She then touched up the wall with the cream paint, adding little lines to create the interlocking pattern.

We love the slight imperfections that make the pattern feel handmade and remind us of a faded wall fresco or beautiful vintage wallpaper. To see more of Jen's wall paintings, visit her House Tour on Apartment Therapy Boston or the tour of her sons' nursery on Ohdeedoh. You can see all of her artwork on her website,

Images: Sarah Rainwater

Originally published 10.6.2009 - AA

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