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!
Left to Right: Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book (1975), Family Circle Home Decorating Guide (1973), and The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement (1970)
“For this type of treatment, select sturdy fabric with bold colors… [U]se the same fabric to upholster the headboard and footboard, [and] to make the trim fitted bedspread…. Attach the panels of fabric to the wall with double-faced pressure-sensitive tape or with staples, or hang them from a ceiling-height rod.”
-Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975