How to Paint a Scallop Pattern
Looking to warm up a wall? Try this whimsical pattern
A chair rail is a classic way to bring the eye down and make a large room feel more intimate. Here, paint achieves the same effect while also enlivening the room with a pattern in triplicate—call it an accent wall of receding waves, or maybe festive scalloped pennant strings.
A DIY template makes this project pretty straightforward. First, choose two paint colors and put down the base coat. Then decide how high you want the rows to be, keeping in mind the height of the ceiling, fixed elements like a window, and furnishings like a bookcase, dresser, or headboard.
To make our template, we used a strip of Mylar 3 inches wide and about 2 feet long; longer strips would work too.
We opted to align the waves neatly, but they could also be staggered for a more dynamic look. Either way, have some fun and furnish the space in the same playful spirit.
We used a quart-size paint can to make our Mylar template.