Living Room Ideas For Small Spaces
Freehand painting needs a modicum of confidence. You can either create your own motifs – trying them out on paper with coloured pencils or water-colour first – or you can copy designs that look manageable, in colours that will work with the rest of the room.
Begin by shameless plagiarism. Look around you for simple images that you like – a basket of vegetables from an Elizabethan painting, a bold and primitive bunch of flowers by Picasso – and trace it on to your chosen surface. Traditional painted folk-art motifs are also a good starting point for a beginner, because they are usually fairly simple, without pretension and unconcerned with perfection (138). You can enlarge the original with grids and squared paper, or on a photocopying machine.
Museums and antique fairs can be helpful in your search for authentic patterns; if possible, go armed with a camera a photograph makes an invaluable aide-memoire for the exact design, colours and degree of distressing in the original.
Rug hallucination This bright kelim is actually a bit of artistic licence on a stone floor.