Marjorie, my dear friend since childhood, bought her first home last year and began decorating it.
Her downstairs is a cozy lounge-type den with a fireplace, bar, and quiet mood lighting. The colors were all soft neutral browns and tans, so she wanted to put some punch in the space — specifically, turquoise and tangerine.
An afternoon’s worth of pillow shopping at Ross and Homegoods turned up this decent assortment for pretty cheap.
But a massive bare wall above the large sofa presented a challenge because the cost for very very large artwork is pretty high. AND, there wasn’t anything we liked that blended turquoise with tangerine.
Did I mention large? We needed 9 feet of artwork.
So we decided to make a poured painting and put these two colors together. (I posted about this technique here a few weeks ago when I created a poured painting for my master bedroom.) Unfortunately I don’t have any “before” shots of the sofa and empty wall, so following is a photo fest of what we did to put color into a cozy but neutral space.
We started with five 18″x24″ white canvases from AC Moore.
Then we picked a shade of turquoise and a shade of tangerine, put each color in a small paper cup to control the pour, and started working. We used indoor latex paint and a quart was plenty. In fact, a “color to go” size from Sherwin-Williams would have been just the right amount. Because you know I aDORE Sherwin-Williams paint.
Here’s Marjorie getting started…
We let the first color dry completely before adding the second one because we didn’t want the colors to mix together. If you wanted to have a color blend you wouldn’t have to wait until that first color dries.
It took overnight to set because we’d poured several layers of varying thicknesses. By morning it was dry and ready to hang.
You can see here that we intentionally separated the canvases by an inch or so to allow dribble in between the canvases. It looks SO good once these are on the wall, to have a wrap-around effect with the paint.
You can see how we pulled in the two accent colors using pillows and textures as well as the painting.
(Please don’t use these photos as a guide for placement of your artwork on the wall. The paintings should actually hang about 6 inches lower — as in closer to the sofa — instead of suspended equidistant between the ceiling and the sofa top. Small distinction yes, but it makes a big difference in visually connecting the painting to the sofa, creating flow, and eliminating that awkward white space that halts your eye on the wall.)
We were so pleased with how this turned out, especially considering that the cost is $5 per canvas (get them on sale!) plus two quarts of paint. Total cost was about $50, and for a 9 foot custom art installation, pretty doggone cheap.
And now Marjorie gets to tell all her friends that she made this her very own self.
Because she did.
I think this would be great fun to do at a crafting party. Yes?