Printable Backdrops for Dolls House Roomboxes and Model Scenes

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    Give Your Scene A Country Feel

    Free printable dolls house backdrop for a roombox featuring a pasture scene - Left Side
    Free printable dolls house backdrop for a roombox featuring a pasture scene - Left Side. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    These printable coordinates and photographs can be used as backdrops for a variety of scenes. The coordinates are designed to help you decide how to arrange and showcase your collection against a variety of wall backdrops and patterns. You can experiment with them to work out better wall treatments, fabrics or furniture and accessory placement. The photographs can be used behind windows, french doors, or as scenic backdrops inside Breakaway Boxes or Roomboxes

    Play with the various parts to get a...MORE feel for how you can better arrange your collection within a scene. What types of backdrop will set items off, which are too fussy. You can make additional combinations by cutting parts out of sections to add to other patterns.

    All the items in this gallery print out on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, they will all print properly in 'portrait' mode. Print them from the pdf files linked to each page rather than trying to print the lower quality photo illustrations.

    This photo and the next one can be combined to make a longer backdrop as they join in the center to make a panorama. The scene above is the left side of the scene as you are viewing the combination. You can use the photos alone or combine them. They are a great backdrop for scenes involving horses, farms or gardens. They also work well to bring a sense of countryside into houses or roomboxes if you use part of the scene to back a door or a window.

    The photo of country fields shown above is available as a pdf (acrobat reader)file for downloading.

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    Bringing the Outdoors In

    Free printable backdrop for a dolls house roombox featuring fields and a large tree.
    Free printable backdrop for a dolls house roombox featuring fields and a large tree. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Photographs can be adapted to make good backdrops for many scale scenes. This photo and the one on the next page can be joined together to line a roombox or act as a backdrop. This photo should be on the right side when you look at the scene in order to match the join lines. Photos taken at a distance are also good to use for adding views behind windows or french doors in roomboxes or other scenes.

    The printable file for the field with the tree is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file.

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    Use This Easter Egg Paper Outside a Break Away Box or Inside a Scene

    Easter egg themed paper to cover the outside of a break away box miniature display.
    Free printable Easter egg paper to wrap a miniature break away box scene. The large egg can have a photo mounted behind the frame to identify the box recipient, or the frame (and box) can be cut away to allow a view into the scene inside the box. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    These printable papers will help to cover an Easter present Break Away Box. The framed area of the large blue egg can be cut open to allow a peek into a scene inside a break away box, or it can be cut away and used to frame a photo of the box's recipient. The paper also works well inside an easter candy shop, where special items can be framed by the blue egg. You can use plain papers to cover the other sides of the box, or post the same papers on each side of the box with a different photo...MORE on or behind the largest egg.

    The pdf (acrobat reader) printable files for the papers can be found here:

    • Printable File for the Leafy Box Cover
    • Printable File for the Easter Egg Paper
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    Playing with Wall Surfaces

    Printable beige wainscot panelling on a blue wall in dolls house scale.
    Printable beige wainscot panelling on a blue wall in dolls house scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Experiment with this plain blue wall with its panelled wainscotting to see how a panelled wall 'reads' against your furniture arrangement or choice of patterns. Does the wainscot help to show off pictures, keep your furniture to scale, add upper interest to a room where most items are the same height (a dining room for example) Does panelling help add interest to a hallway or other small room, or will it be overwhelming.

    The printable sheet for the Beige Wainscotting or Panelling on a...MORE Blue Wall is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file.

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    Placing Large Items On a Wall

    A printable fireplace backdrop for a dolls house roombox on a plain blue wall.
    A printable fireplace backdrop for a dolls house roombox on a plain blue wall. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Large pieces like fireplaces are often positioned on dolls house walls without considering the furniture arrangments they dictate. You can use this faux fireplace to play with furniture groupings or decide what will look best over the mantelpiece.

    The printable file for the fireplace on a blue wall is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file

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    Test Your Model With Large and Small Patterns Using This Damask Paper Printable

    Printable miniature blue and beige damask wallpaper in dolls house scale.
    Printable miniature blue and beige damask wallpaper in dolls house scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Large traditional wallpaper prints are a good thing to practise with before you choose to install them. Will it draw attention to the interior of your dollhouse or model or overwhelm your furniture?

    This printable Blue and Beige Damask Wallpaper design in miniature scale is a surprisingly good backdrop despite its large traditional pattern. It prints from a large pdf (acrobat reader) file, which may take a while to download, depending on your computer and file server. The large damask pattern is...MORE a good one to use in combination with plain walls to decide whether you should make a wall that contrasts and yet blends with the rest of your color scheme. It is also a good test of whether you want a very strong wall pattern backing an area, or if your wall decoration will break up enough of the pattern to stand out against it. This pattern can also be printed on fabric to see what happens if you reupholster items with a large print.

    The Blue and Beige Damask Pattern is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file. This one is quite large and may take a while to download depending on your internet provider!

    The same pattern is available in an aged version to use for shabbier rooms. You can download the aged version for upholstery or wallpaper as a pdf acrobat reader file. aged damask paper or fabric. You can also apply the effects of aging to any printable wallpaper using the pdf file for worn or grunged miniature wallpaper

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    Playing With Different Textures

    Printable dollhouse roombox backdrop with beige wainscoting and blue and beige striped wallpaper.
    Printable roombox backdrop with beige wainscoting and a blue and beige striped wallpaper in dolls house scale. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Here's a simplified version of a common combination of textures and designs, panelling against striped wallpaper. You can pair this wall with a plain one (use the paper that surrounds the fireplace) or try to combine it with more walls featuring the same wallpaper stripe.

    The printable file for the wainscot panelling with striped wallpaper is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file.

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    Large Stripes With Low Contrast Printable Miniature Wallpaper

    Traditional striped wallpaper for a dolls house in beige and blue
    Traditional striped wallpaper for a dolls house in beige and blue. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Part of the series of traditional wallpaper designs in miniature, this design can be used to test miniature room designs.

    This large traditional stripe wallpaper coordinates with the striped wall with panelling on page 7 of this gallery. You can use this to see whether you want to use a stripe everywhere in a room, or only where it is contrasted to a solid base of panels. This stripe can also be used on fabric to test how toning the colors into upholstery changes the look of furniture or...MORE accessories.

    The printable pdf file for the Blue and Beige Striped Miniature Wallpaper or Fabric is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file. All these files print out on regular 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper.

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    Experimenting With Stripes

    Printable dolls house wallpaper with a wide blue and narrow beige stripe.
    Printable dolls house wallpaper with a wide blue and narrow beige stripe. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This Blue and Beige Stripe is one of two striped papers where the only difference is the color layout. Play with these papers to get a sense of how the dominant color changes the types of accessories and fabrics that work with your design.

    You can download the blue and beige striped paper shown as a pdf (acrobat reader) file

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    Same Colors Different Effect

    Printable beige and blue stripe dolls house wallpaper.
    Printable beige and blue stripe dolls house wallpaper. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This striped paper features a strong beige stripe with a narrower blue stripe. The effect of the colors is quite different between the two similar striped papers even though they contain the exact same colors. Playing with the dominance of a pattern or stripe can change how bright or colorful a scene looks. It can be fun to play reverse stripes against each other as upholstery and cushions, or lay similar stripes out in opposite directions.

    The printable file for the wide beige and blue...MORE multistripe is available as a pdf (acrobat reader) file.

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    Stain and Age Your Printable Wallpapers With a Soft Tea Stain

    A beige grunged printable backdrop or overlay for aging dolls house printable wallpapers
    This beige overlay can be printed under or over dolls house printable wallpapers to give them a yellowed aged effect, similar to tea stains. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    This printable over or under lay can be used to instantly create the look of a worn or aged dolls house wallpaper when combined with any printable paper. To give your wallpaper this effect, either print the pdf (Acrobat Reader) file for the Beige Grunge Paper first and print your chosen wallpaper design on top of the beige grunged paper, or print your wallpaper first and then overprint the design with the beige grunge to age your paper instantly. No more trying to get aged paper with tea or...MORE paint!

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    Age Your Printable Wallpapers with a Gently Worn Look Printed Over Patterns

    A textured grey backdrop for printable dollhouse wallpapers to create an instant aging effect.
    This free printable grey grunged backdrop can be printed as an under or overlayer to printable wallpaper to give it an aged and worn effect. Photo copyright 2010 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Sometimes you want a miniature room to have an aged effect. With shiny new printable wallpaper designs this can be tough to achieve.

    To give new printables the look of worn or aged papers, use this printable over or under lay in combination with any printable paper. To give your wallpaper this effect, either print the pdf (Acrobat Reader) file for the Grey Grunge Paper first, on a sheet of regular printer paper and print your chosen wallpaper design on top of the grey grunged print, or, print...MORE your wallpaper first and then overprint the design with the grey grunge to age your paper instantly and add spots of wear. Instant age marks!

    You can use this paper in any combination with other printable wallpapers or fabric designs. Experiment with the grey layer underneath and the beige layer on top, or try the reverse to see the different effects possible on any printable paper or fabric.