dining room painted with oversized design
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Dramatic Oversized Design

If you're bored with stencils, stamps and templates, it may be time to channel your inner artist for some serious freehand. That's how decorative painter Brian Carter breathed new life into the dining room shown here. Start with a pattern—you can create one yourself or trace a design you like. Once you've established a small version of what you'd like to see on your walls, break out the chalk and start sketching. Once you've got your outline, follow up with paint and watch your design come to life.

For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Paint an Oversized Design
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