Decorating Walls With Stencils
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
Description: How to decorate your walls with stencils.
Painting walls in various colors is a quick and easy way to decorate
any room in your home. But when you're looking for something a bit more
artistic and unique, you might try your hand at stenciling.
Stencils come in a variety of forms: Simple geometric shapes to
elaborate scenery. Really good stencils can actually reproduce famous
paintings and designs too.
A simple room decoration stencil pattern to start with is borders.
Stenciling borders can be done in addition to existing wallpaper, or as a
replacement. Stenciled borders can be repeated geometric designs, or
more detailed repeating patterns such as vines, flowers or leaves. Borders
can also be placed at the top of a wall, the bottom, or in dead center
for variating effects and design influences.
Stencils allow you to create friezes as well. This is done simply by
starting with a strong contrasting color at the top, and carried downward
through gradually fading tints until they are lost in the general color
of the wall.
There once was a pink and silver room belonging to a young girl, where
the salmon-pink walls were deepened in color at the top into almost a
tint of vermilion which had in it a trace of green. It was, in fact, an
addition of spring green dropped into the vermilion and carelessly
stirred, so that it should be mixed but not incorporated. Over this shaded
and mixed color for the space of three feet was stencilled a
fountain-like pattern in cream-white, the arches of the pattern rilled in with
almost a lace-work of design. The whole upper part had an effect like
carved alabaster and was indescribably light and graceful.
This is an example of very delicate and truly artistic treatment of
stencil-work, and one can easily see how it can be used either in simple
or elaborate fashion with great effect.
Irregularly placed floating forms of Persian or Arabic design are often
admirably stencilled in color upon a painted wall; but in this case the
colors should be varied and not too strong. A group of forms floating
away from a window-frame or cornice can be done in two shades of the
wall color, one of which is positively darker and one lighter than the
ground. If to these two shades some delicately contrasting color is
occasionally added the effect is not only pleasing, but belongs to a
thoroughly good style.
One seldom tires of a good stencilled wall; probably because it is
intrinsic, and not applied in the sense of paper or textiles. It carries an
air of permanency which discourages change or experiment, but it may
take a bit of practice to do well.
Copyright 2005, Kathy Burns-Millyard, The Do It Yourself Home Decorating
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