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Paint -- plus our free downloadable pattern -- can take a plain ceiling and transform it with the look of a giant canopy.
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Paint walls the base color of your choice for the area beneath the scallops.
Before painting the walls, consider freshening up the room by painting the ceiling. For this room, we painted the ceiling the same color we painted the scallops for the look of a large canopy.
Download and tape together the Scallop Tracing Pattern, spray the back with adhesive, and attach it to a blank plastic sign. Then cut out the scallop pattern using a utility knife and straightedge for the sides and a utility knife or scissors for the curved portions. Remove the paper pattern when you’re done.
Start in the most inconspicuous corner (especially one where the wall is usually covered by an open door) and trace the scallop shape with light pencil marks. Bend the pattern as needed to reach into the corners and try for the best match possible when you reach the corner where you started.
Paint from the ceiling to the pencil lines in a color that complements the wall color (Classic Lilac shown). Add a second coat as needed and let the final coat dry overnight before continuing.
Using artist’s brushes, trace around the shape of the scallops with a third color that contrasts with the scallops and wall (Stormy Purple shown).