Enlarging Fabric Patterns: Instant Supergraphics

If you are unsure of how to decide on the color and shape of a supergraphic, why not draw your inspiration from a pattern already in the room? The supergraphics in this post are scaled copies of patterns found on bedspreads and throw pillows.

In order to accurately transfer the graphic, there are a few strategies that you can use. You can tack a string grid onto your wall, and reference a smaller scaled sketch (see below). Or if you have access to an overhead projector, you can freehand the pattern on a transparency with an overhead marker, or take a photograph of the fabric and have it printed on a transparancy. The main factor that you will have to decide on is scale (aka. how much you want to enlarge the pattern). Whatever you do, make sure to use painter’s tape for crisp paint lines!

Citations and Notes

The first image in this post comes from the Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), and the last two are from Family Creative Workshop Volume 19 (1975). And keep in mind, this is another process you can implement to create rooms with heavily repeated patterns (see this post) – especially if you don’t have enough yards of a vintage fabric to go the distance. Just use paint!


2 responses

  1. Ans

    I considered being an interior designer for a while. I’ve enjoyed designing my room along with my sister’s. These are great uses of patterns without being to busy!

    August 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

  2. That bedroom is rad! Nice blog

    October 25, 2011 at 5:24 pm

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