An Easy Way To Create Large-Format Artwork by Tash South

Having lived in many compact flats over the passed few years, we never had reason to invest in large pieces of art, because we just didn’t have anywhere to hang it, so we we now have quite a few blank walls in the house. Art is so subjective - It can take may years to find artwork that everyone in the house is happy to have on the walls! And it can also be very expensive, especially for large format, framed artwork.

So in the meantime, until we find our special pieces, I made a creative half-term project out of painting three large-format pieces of art with my daughter, Eva, to add some personality to our blank dining area wall.

I would usually use this technique for styling projects, or for home staging, where I may be looking to fill a blank wall quickly and on a budget. The great thing about doing this, is that you can choose colours from your existing interior which will make it seem like the artwork has been carefully chosen and considered.

We created this trio by following these 5 easy steps:

  1. Buy the frames first, I found these 1m x 70cm brass frames online.

  2. Use the frame backing board as your template to quickly cut your paper to the right size. I bought a large 1.5m roll of good quality artists paper here.

  3. Lay everything out and prepare your paints, brushes and rollers (we used a standard small decorating roller).

  4. Paint! (see video below).

  5. Frame an hang your artwork.

Calm Master Bedroom Reveal by Tash South

To me, the master bedroom is a sanctuary, somewhere calm to escape to at the end of the day, to unwind and recharge. I wanted our master bedroom to be exactly that, somewhere without too much clutter and visual annoyances that I could go to every evening to switch off and unwind in.

When we saw the architect’s 3D walk-through plans for the house, the angled window in this bedroom was one of the things we were most excited about seeing come into reality. It feels like we’re sleeping in the treetops, and it’s absolutely magic to wake up early enough to catch the firery sunrises. And as a complete bonus – we knew there was a slight chance we may get a view of the city, so when we climbed the scaffoldong up to this floor when it was first constructed, we were just blown away by the fact that we were high enough and perfectly placed to capture the view of Canary wharf and The Shard between the large trees.

The bedroom is by no means huge, but the amount of light and the clean surfaces make it feel larger than it actually is. The structure of the room echoes the rest of the house with a pale herringbone wooden floors, and as in the kitchen/diner, I decided to keep the ceiling beams exposed and painted white, to increased feeling of height in this room. The rear of the house had to be sloped to satisfy planning conditions and neighbours, so to make the most of this, the architect used the angle to add the bespoke window.

The Décor

I’ve kept colour minimal, using Steel IV, a cool grey architectural mat, by Paint and Paper library, I love the calming effect it has, and it also works really well with the pure white and brass detailing I’ve used in the space. The wooden floor and pendant add some warmth.

I’ve kept the furniture white, the bed we’ve had for years, it’s been freshened up with a new coat of white paint – until I decide which one to get next.

The black metal and marble bedside tables add interest against the white and grey in the room, and the greens of the cushions and throw add a touch of complimentary colour and texture.

The driftwood and ceramic wall hanging by Rebecca Harker adds further texture and looks great next to the wooden pendant and white bed.

The Lighting

One of my favourite things in this room is the Tom Raffield Skipper pendant in walnut, which I’ve hung in a slightly unusual place to the left of the bed, but there is also the option to place a chair and a little table underneath the light for a lovely little reading area if I decide to move the bed to a different position in the room. I’ve put a large Edison-style bulb inside the pendant to give a soft, golden glow.

Elsewhere in the room, and on a separate circuit, I’ve used clever, recessed spotlights by Levello with a paintable coverplate for a minimal finish, to give bright, practical light when required. On a third circuit, I’ve had some brass floor lights installed, they give off a gentle, golden ambient up-light under the angled ceiling and on either side of the window, accenting it at night. The three circuits, plus bedside lamps give very flexible lighting options – much needed in a bedroom.

The Storage

The wall of built-in wardrobes provide plenty of storage, which leave the floor space feeling clear and spacious. Behind the door was a natural place to include some floor-to-ceiling wardrobes to maximise the storage, originally we were planning to have a walk-in wardrobe, but in the end decided to use that space to increase the size of the adjoining office space and en-suite bathroom instead.

The door knobs are the Avant Garde Knurled knobs in raw brass by Dowsing & Reynolds

The Details

Cushions are Pelham at Andrew Martin. Bedding and beadspread are from Urban Collective. The driftwood and ceramic ‘White Fringe’ wall hanging is by artist, Rebecca Harker

The marble side table is from La Redoute and the table lamp is the Fitz from Habitat.

Round mirror with leather strap is by La Redoute. Jewelery box is Jonathan Adler.

Photo Credits:
Image 1: Michelle Beatty for MAB Architects
All others: Tash South

This post contains items loaned to me for a photo shoot:
Bedding from Urban Collective (Pure PR)
Cushions from Andrew Martin (Pure PR)
Wall hanging from Rebecca Harker,