Color Therapy: Tim's Stairwell Feature Wall

Color Therapy: Tim's Stairwell Feature Wall

Aaron Able
Jun 21, 2010

LOCATION: Turks & Caicos Islands
PAINT USED: Benjamin Moore | Margarita (2026-20) & Winter Solstice (1605)

After painting the bookshelf "Caribbean Blue Water" (2055-30) and the rest of the walls in my loft "Winter Solstice" (1605), I moved on to my next feature wall. I knew from the day I moved in that I wanted to do something fun and funky on the large wall with the stairs, but I wasn't sure exactly what. I only knew there was going to be a clock and I wanted to use a green color.

With my clock components from and house numbers from Chiasso in hand, I knew the size of the clock. But, I wanted to do something more than just a clock on a wall. A suggestion from a graphic designer friend of mine reminded me of a post I saw on Apartment Therapy with a repeating blue on blue pattern which I loved. I used that inspiration to come up with the pattern on the wall and drew it up in AutoCAD.

The main challenges for this project were how to get the pattern from AutoCAD onto the wall and how to access the wall itself. After considering acetate stencils, vinyl decals, a projector and many other options, I decided on a pretty simple method: I basically drafted the pattern on the wall with twine and a mechanical pencil, and then taped it off with ¾" and 3" painters tape. The ¾" tape made the curves brilliantly and the 3" tape prevented me from painting outside the lines.

I completed all the areas I could reach first to see if my method was going to work — and it did. Then, after erecting scaffolding with the help of some friends, I painted the rest of the wall. For someone who isn't a fan of heights, this was quite the experience! But, after about four weekend's worth of work, the wall is complete. I know it's bold, but it fits my personality and adds a bit of whimsy to the space.

Thanks again Tim!

Tim's Weekend Painting Project: Blue Bookcase & TV Wall

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