Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Look For Less // Fabulous Walls On A Budget

There are so many beautiful wallpapers out there; I want to try them all and tend to suggest at least one with every client. But sometimes the budget just isn't big enough to include a fabulous hand-blocked paper. And that's when I tell my clients to consider the stencil. Yes, the stencil. That oft-maligned tool made popular in the early 1990s is back in the best possible way and with a little practice and attention to detail, you (or your trusted painter) can get a similar look for a fraction of the cost. Here are some of my favorite papers alongside stencil options with similar patterns:


Love Schumacher's Rajasthan paper (image via Melinda Hartwright Interiors)? Try the Sari Paisley stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils (image via Little Black Door) using a range of blues and purples.

Art Deco Fan...

Love the Art Deco stylings of Feather Fan by Cole & Sons (image via The Zhush)? Try the Gatsby Glam stencil from Royal Design Stencils.


Love the traditional elegance of Grisaille papers by Zuber (image via House Beautiful)? Try the Mural Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils using tones of grey and greige. **I would definitely suggest hiring a decorative painter for this one; a successful outcome for this is all about mottling the colors**


Love this vibrant and playful take on the traditional Mexican Otomi design from Hygge & West? Try the Otomi Folk Art stencil from Royal Stencil Designs (image via BumbleBreeblog).


Love the classic Lotus paper from Farrow & Ball (image via Little Green Notebook)? Flip the Art Deco Flora from Olive Leaf Stencils upside down and give it a whirl.

Faux Bois...

Adore the Faux Bois paper from Nobilis (image via House Beautiful)?  Try the Faux Bois stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

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