Bedroom / October 6, 2018 / Sarah Bartley.
For a fun wall treatment, choose two or three different paint colors. If you are using pastels, stick with three pastel colors and the same goes for bright primary colors. Mixing intelligent and designs don't work well for this paint effect. Paint the entire room white and then let it cure for at least 48 hours. Use low tack masking tape to create vertical lines on the wall. If you want an exact festival look and feel, do at least three walls. Alternate your stripes between fat and narrow to add interest and to achieve the look of different colored lines of varying widths. Paint all the most extensive lines in the lightest color; paint all the narrowest lines in the darkest paint color. Allow to dry for at least 12 hours and then remove the painter's tape. Voila!
For the piece de resistance, finish the room off with a tented ceiling. You may have seen one in a decorator magazine, and it is a lot easier to accomplish than you may think. For a room that is 10 feet by 10 feet, you will need approximately 20 continuous yards of fabric, which is 60 feet. Luckily the effect looks best in a light, airy fabric so you can purchase the cheapest white muslin you can find. Try not to use a color darker than white, pale yellow or light blue or the room may feel very closed in.
Assuming the same room size, you need to cut your fabric into 15-foot lengths. Starting on one wall of the room and using a staple gun, attach one end of the material to the crease (where the wall and ceiling meet). Do that entire wall, using as many fabric strips as necessary. For example, if your wall is 10 feet long and your fabric is 54 wide, it will take you approximately two lengths of material. If you want a fuller look with a more billowing tent, purchase 25 yards of fabric, cut them into 18 or 20-foot lengths and use three fabric panels.
Now go to the wall on the opposite side of the room and affix the other ends of your fabric panels to the crease. Once you are done, you will notice that the fabric is draping down in the center of the room (kind of a billowing effect). To achieve the tent effect, you need some simple white molding. Using a hammer or a nail gun, you must attach the molding all way around the room and then a final molding strip right down the center of the room, overtop of the billowing fabric to achieve the pitched tent look. Finally, trim off any excess fabric that is hanging from below the molding and cut a hole for your ceiling light fixture.