half baked.


richard powers photography, via yellowtrace.

sometimes, a half baked idea is not such a bad thing. i’ll explain. i quite like the idea demonstrated here in these images of creating the illusion of wainscoting, but with paint. colorful, or a subdued gray, it all looks quite clever, and is quite easy to DIY, too. i did this in a previous apartment with black chalkboard paint and it was a snap — just taped off the area and painted away — maybe it’s time to do something new around the cottage. regardless, this is great way to delineate space, create a ‘faux’ headboard; and the idea translates well to sprucing up some old furniture, too.



home of caroline gomez photographed by julien fernandez, via style me pretty.


lily; norske interior; camp design group.




Chez Estelle Leprince / Milk & Paper via editions doa.


images, clockwise, l to r: urbis magazine, by richard powers photography; Elle Decoration France; petite sweet; as de trefle; brdr. krüger; marie claire maison.

10 Responses to “half baked.”
  1. bri says:


  2. Great little post with some really fun applications! I particular love the bed with the “unfinished edge” lower panel, and the gray panel that runs over the doors…all of these are wonderful examples, and so easily done.

    It’s really quite exciting to see people taking chances with paint! Posts like this are so inspirational.

    patrick landrum
    pl&d/patrick landrum design

  3. richele says:

    love the idea of the headboard as paint

  4. maggie says:

    Really diggin’ this post! Unfortunately, I cannot paint where I rent, but ONE DAY.

  5. Ruth Singer says:

    That’s just what I was thinking about doing by my front door where my bike scrapes the paintwork. Maybe stripes or ombre would be nice…

  6. Chelsea says:

    This is an awesome idea. I love how great it looks in that kitchen!

  7. Audrey says:

    This is great, Victoria. Especially loving that black wainscoting in the dining area and that soft gray backsplash in the kitchen. Oh, mama!

  8. amber says:

    Oh… very cool! love, love, love! The pink/yellow combo is just fabulous. And the gray/white combo in that dining room! Great post.

  9. Aileen says:

    I love this trend too! I have a whole Pinterest board called half-painted: http://www.pinterest.com/aileenallen/half-painted/

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