We love the green polka dots in this down-at-heels kitchen. It made us think of Yayoi Kusama, an artist who elevates the polka dot to the cosmic:

A polka-dot has the form of the sun, which is a symbol of the energy of the whole world and our living life, and also the form of the moon, which is calm. Round, soft, colorful, senseless and unknowing. Polka-dots can’t stay alone; like the communicative life of people, two or three polka-dots become movement…Polka-dots are a way to infinity.


It occurs to us that polka dots are a perfect way to jazz up and obscure a messed up wall. We wondered how to make them with without laboriously holding up stencils (unless of course you have a brilliant hand for freeform like Kusama’s).

© Yayoi Kusama

We found the answer online at ohohdeco: use a round sponge, which you can make yourself or buy on Amazon, including 3-inchers.

We like these ready-mades with handles for expressive polka-dotting.

Something equally, strangely charming were done by dipping a halved potato in paint, dalmatian-like…

The Sun UK

We much prefer freeform dots than stenciled grids and figure they’d be much more fun to actually do. We’re keeping the simple technique in our head for a wall that calls…

…and Kusama’s cosmic polka dots in our heart…

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