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Supergraphics

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!


Floor-to-Ceiling Fabric Headboards

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

Family Circle Home Decorating Guide, 1973

Family Circle Home Decorating Guide, 1973

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, 1970

Modifications

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)

Directions

Decorating Ideas Under $100, 1971

 

“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


The Arrow Supergraphic

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

Unknown

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

Family Circle Home Decorating Guide, 1973

Better Homes and Gardens Decorating Book, 1975

Family Circle Home Decorating Guide, 1973

boingboing.net, 1974

The Los Angeles Times California Home Book, 1982

The Los Angeles Times California Home Book, 1982