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Decoration is back! Vines, roses, baroque ornamentation or landscape wallpapers - the more individualistic the interior, the better. Various wallpaper designs are available, but the only way to conjure up truly unique patterns is by painting, with its virtually unlimited range of colours.

Painting is an easy way to try out even the most adventurous visions, as painting over them is not so difficult!

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Large leafy forms overshadow a corridor lounge area. This clear-cut pattern was masked with tape and painted with a roller. Sonja Ikonen designed both the pattern and the colour scheme.

One of this spring's most visible trends is getting back to nature. Our busy and hectic lifestyle leads us to find ways of slowing down and relaxing. The rustling of leaves in the forest, the aroma of freshly-turned soil, or the scent of garden flowers quickly distracts us from the stress of our daily lives.

Not everybody has the chance to work in a forest or sit in their own garden in the shade of lilac bushes, but fortunately we can get closer to nature by other means. Real plants add vitality to lounge areas, but a painted plant theme can also convey a relaxed and refreshing mood to interior spaces.

Plants as a painted design theme create an illusion of spatial continuity: walls take on a sense of depth and transparency. Organic pattern appear to “demolish” the wall's geometric forms, particularly when painted around corners and even continuing up onto a ceiling, and will soften the spatial impression.

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Designed by Sonja Ikonen, the large plant themes enliven the wall surface and "partition" the long corridor.

The concept of walls "breathing" takes on a new significance. A subtle yet impressive painted wall motif can be achieved by selecting the right colours and patterns. One or two hues can be used so that, for example, the plant's silhouette appears on the wall like a shadow.

Darker and more accentuated base colour tones emphasize the pattern's shadowy effect. Reversing the tones produces an exciting effect that recalls photographic negatives. For a genuinely unique motif, you could even use your indoor orchids as a model, and at the same time let the wall tell its story!

Designs can also be found in pattern books available at bookstores or loaned from public libraries. Motifs enlarged from interior design textiles or pictures of leaves are also excellent for this purpose.

Enlarging a pattern

A skilful painter can paint the pattern directly on the wall. However, a pattern is usually easier to visualize if first sketched out with a lead pencil, for example. The easiest way to enlarge a pattern is with an overhead projector, if available.

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Matt Joker is very suitable for painting motifs. This pattern’s edges have been marked out by brush and the colour applied with a small roller. The light grey motif creates an exciting shadowy-like effect. The pattern was made by enlarging a transparency with an overhead projector.

The traditional gridline method is also a practical technique. Working with a grid helps maintain an image's scale, but also requires some skill:
  • Designs for overhead projector images or gridline patterns must first be converted into two-dimensional form.
  • If a pre-selected image is not used, the desired location can be photographed with a digital camera and reproduced on plastic films or sheets of paper.
  • The image is reflected on the wall from a suitable distance with an overhead projector.
  • The outlines are then sketched out with a lead pencil, for example, and the edges painted.
  • The coloured areas are then painted with a brush or small roller. Be sure not to press the lead pencil too hard.
  • Paint the edges by spreading paint over the guidelines to completely cover the unwanted pencil lines.
  • For its part, the grid is first applied on to the image to be reproduced, the grids are enlarged on the wall, and the visible part of the image is painted in each grid.
    This helps to preserve the scale, but requires some skill.
  • The grid can be lightly drawn on the wall with a lead pencil or chalk.
  • Once the painting is ready, the gridlines should be erased.

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