Painted on headboards are smart easy and inexpensive.
That would be the illusion headboards English color guru, Joa Studholme, are actually painted on headboards done on the walls in her London home using Farrow & Ball paint colors she develops. Joa created one in her master bedroom and another in her son’s room. To me, this idea is especially useful for childrens’ rooms which change style as they grow.
To paint what Joa Studholme calls her master bedroom “headboard shape” she used Farrow & Ball Teresa’s Green 9 (no. 236) with London Clay (no. 244) on the walls.
What makes the illusion headboards work are high contrast paint colors. While the dimensions are not provided, it’s easy to go into onto a furniture site like Crate & Barrel, or Williams-Sonoma Home and take the measurements of a headboard you like, mark them on the wall and use blue painter’s tape to make sure the proportions are right in the room.
When time comes to do the painting be sure the lines are level and plumb, then I suggest using green Frogtape, which is made for use on cured painted walls and will seal down to give you the razor-sharp lines required to pull them off.
Farrow & Ball’s Rectory Red (no. 217) and Drawing Room Blue (no. 253) were probably used to create the red wainscot that ties in with the bedspread and the blue headboard shape that goes right up over the wainscot molding onto the wall.
(Source: Livingetc, Clive Nichols)
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