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Flowers add fresh bloom to kids’ room

One of the most endearing and enduring motifs in the decorating world is flowers. Today the trend in large motifs continues as seen in overscale wallpaper florals and simple graphic petals stroked across upholstery, cushions and draperies.

I was helping my friend decorate her children’s bedrooms. We decided to paint the floors, and her daughter insisted on big flowers. That’s what she got. A playful mix of large and small daisies grew across a royal blue base, looking like the petals had been tossed onto an azure sea.

The success of this project depends on proper preparation of the wood floor. The old wood was sanded, washed and primed and then painted with two coats of blue acrylic floor paint. We drew and cut our own stencils from white poster board. You will want to make at least three sizes of daisies to add interest to your design. Include a circle in the centre of each. Cut out the daisies and the circle. Using the circle cut-outs as a guide, cut more circles about 1/2 inch larger. To paint a daisy, adhere a daisy petal to the floor with stencil adhesive. Place the larger of the two circles in the middle and affix with adhesive. Roll over the stencil with paint, remove the stencil pieces and you have a white daisy with a blue centre. Let dry. Now take the smaller cut-out of the daisy stencil and position it over the image you have painted. Fill in with a third colour. We used purple pearlescent paint. Finish with three coats of varnish for sheen and protection.

Painting a floor is a big undertaking, and there are lots of other ways to utilize these playful daisies. Paint a garden on a focal wall, or use small daisies as a border around the room. If you are painting a chest of drawers or a night stand, stencil a daisy behind the drawer pulls. And let kids be part of the process.

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