The challenge in this particular room was all of the openings. Windows, fireplaces, doors all have to be addressed when putting together a stencil design that will fill the walls. In reflecting on this process, I have put together some design tips for your own stenciling projects.
|This frieze is one my daughter and I designed together for|
her bedroom. Swags are one of my favorite motifs to use
|This design was for a retail space. It is|
my interpretation of an historic
Once the borders are set, I move on to the stencils which fill in the walls. Here there is a wonderful variety of motifs to use. Again, I keep my colors the same and limit them to about one or two per stencil. I usually repeat different designs as fillers or sometimes use just one. I like to offset them in a repeating pattern .
Comments on Color
|This color combination is based on an|
historic example. Stenciling was often
applied on top of color. As a side note,
the use of a small amount of black or dark
brown is a striking way to make the
designs stand out.
Stenciling in the Past
From an historical perspective, stenciling has long been used in the place of expensive wallpapers. Most of the period stenciling was done by itinerant artists moving from town to town. They sometimes advertised in the paper when they would be available in a town. There are some great examples of original wall stenciling that have survived. And there are some wonderful books which have been published on the subject.
I hand-cut my own stencils for every project. For those looking to do this on their own, there are pre-cut stencils in a wide variety of historic patterns. I custom design stencils based on historic examples for clients and for those looking to stencil on their own. Email me with any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org