Add character to your kitchen with decorative painting.

Nov 3rd, 2009

I love red, but before you knew it, my ENTIRE house had been overtaken by red. So, when we moved into our new house, I was bound and determined not to allow red to dominate. I am however, still using it as an accent color in several rooms.

I have to admit, choosing what to do is kind of hard for me since I am a decorating addict. Yes, my name is Brooke, and I am a decorating addict.

My entire house was tan when I moved in. The walls, the carpet, the tile…even the ceiling. Whoa. So, I needed to add a little color to mix it up. After we did Natasha’s consult, I was bound and determined to add some orange to my house. This is the wall I chose.

Here is the wall “before.”
Here it is in the process.
Here it is after the orange was complete!

I wanted to add some character, so I painted a few swirls….I did not use a stencil approach this time. Are you shocked? I switched up my painting technique and projected the design onto the wall.

The projector is one of those that you can hook up to a laptop, so I pulled up the image onto my laptop, hooked it up and traced the edge with a pencil. After that, I used a small brush to carefully paint on the designs. I had to go slow so that the edges were crisp.

Here are the two designs that I used….NOW YOU CAN USE THEM TOO!

Here I am in the process.

Here is the smaller one completed:
And the bigger one completed.

Here is the finished product.

Do you like it? (Don’t pay attention to the unfinished “back splash” area…that will be tackled in a later post!)


  1. I loved the orange too in Natasha's room! I've been wanting to add orange in my house! Love what you've done!

  2. Okay, you've made me a believer of orange. I LOVE your wall.

  3. The Yoder's Four says:

    I am seriously going to have you do a consult for my house next year when I have some decorating dough! Everything is tan here, too and it's driving me nuts! And the vaulted ceilings and plant shelves are intimidating to me. I know you'll have some great ideas. You are one busy woman.

  4. The orange was cute, but the vine/flower/swirly thing made your wall absolutely unique and fun!!! Very clever!

  5. So cute!

  6. I love that wall!

  7. Very cool! I too have let red dominate. I think it was an over reaction to the apartment beige I must live with on the walls. The orange is fantastic and the swirly designs are terrific. Love how bold it is!

  8. so funny, i just spent a lot of time and paint covering UP two orange rooms in my new home :) it works here because it is the right amount of color, not overpowering the whole room/house. love your hand-painted "decals," too! :)

  9. Love it all! Now, I'm off to find a projector…maybe Staples?

  10. That looks great! I won the projector giveaway at Twice Lovely and now I'm wondering where you got the designs from? They are awesome!


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