Bringing the outside in is at the heart of garden-style decorating. This type of decor employs items that you would normally find outside to give your home a garden flair. A flower garden surrounded by a white picket fence brings to mind lazy summer days, but taking the fence out of the garden and into the house can give you that feeling even in the dead of winter. With a little imagination, picket fencing can make your walls burst with garden style.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Garden implements
- Terra cotta pots
- Finishing nails
- Wood glue
- Watering cans
Screw picket fencing to the wall above your bed as a headboard. Paint it any colour you wish, or, for a "shabby chic" flavour, choose fencing that has weathered to soft grey or has peeling paint. Decorate the pickets with a floral design. Highlight the headboard by gluing on items like buttons, beads, shells and photographs.
Hang picket fencing on the wall in the kitchen. Slip J-hooks through the slats and over the horizontal boards on the fence's back side and display kitchen utensils. Use the same strategy in the bedroom to corral scarves, belts, necklaces, hats and ties.
Dress a window with a picket fence valance. Cut a section of fence in half horizontally. Mount the half with the pickets on the wall above a window. Top it with a shelf and use it to display small garden implements and terra cotta pots. Paint it to coordinate with your curtains.
Decorate a child's room. Paint a mural on the wall. Make it a pastoral scene of animals like rabbits, lambs or squirrels scampering in a field. Mount a section of white picket fence on the mural to give the scene a three-dimensional quality.
Craft a wreath. Cut four pickets to the size you would like your finished wreath to be. Discard the bottom of each picket and use only the pointed top sections. Join the four pieces together in a square. Use finishing nails or wood glue. Decorate the square as you please. Hang it from the wall above your bed or fireplace.
Attach a length of picket fence to the wall above your fireplace mantel. Fill the mantel with plants. Include vines like English ivy and train them to climb the picket fence like they would a trellis. Paint the fence with a floral motif and march vintage watering cans across the mantel.
Dry herbs and flowers. Hang the fence on the wall. Pound in small nails either in straight rows or random patterns. Hang bunches of flowers and herbs from the nails. Wrap the stems in ribbon or raffia for a decorative look.
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