Clever Idea #2: Painted Sisal Carpet

Mary McDonald

Oh, how I do love an idea that elevates itself; looks more elegant, more expensive, more bang for the buck!

Painted sisal rugs are so easy to do and make such great statements, whether the look of the  room is buttoned up or buttoned down.

Bunny Williams took a very formal room with a classic design motif and gave it movement and pizazz with this painted sisal.

Bunny Williams@ The Mount ph: David Dashiell

She did it again for Kips Bay.  The custom painted sisal in this case brings a cohesiveness to the many  elements within the room.

It can be as bold or as subtle as you like.  The neutral texture makes any design really POP, and works as the perfect canvas for your creativity.
Geometric pattern play seems to really lend itself to this application

Kate Spade

This room marries my 2 clever idea posts~ black board paint and painted sisals.  That IS clever x 2!

I raved about Celerie's room in this year's Kips Bay Show house.  There were a lot of great take aways, amongst them, the painted sisal.  And I now realize how pain staking all those curved lines are to create.

Celerie Kimble

Roman & Williams via Decorate your Digs

I would not have known this was a white sisal that Beth Martin painted with a purple pattern that received so much press.  It looks amazing!

ph:Simon Updike via Elle Decor

The "How To" couldn't be easier.  If I can do it, anyone can do it.  The right tools:  stencils or a ruler, painters tape, oil based paint painted on thickly with a stencil brush, and some polyurethane to protect it after it's dry is all that's required for you to go from drab to fab!

ph: Stencil Search

Sounds like a great summer project for the beach house!

                       For more details Design Sponge  has good directions or You Tube has a lot of How to's


  1. What a fabulous idea! I have been unable to find the right carpet for our dining room - maybe I should just so this instead, then I could choose the colors and pattern!

  2. You should definitely do that and it's easy to clean!

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