Thursday, September 8, 2011

Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona Interior Designer Loves Fresh Stencil Designs For Your Home


Stencil designs are still the way to go in this Scottsdale interior designer's eye. Wallpapers have made a come back in a big way and I love some of the high end wall coverings because of their elegance. However for a truly custom look in a room stencils offer a lot of bang for the buck! You can even use a stencil over a textured grass cloth for an amazing look.

A few seasons ago on HGTV's Design Star competition I fell in love with a custom printed grass cloth that one of the designers used in a celebrity home makeover. I am sure that I could achieve the same look for a more budget application by stenciling over a moderately price grass cloth and get the exact color and look desired. Here's a picture of Design Star photo with the custom grass cloth application.

Here's the beautiful custom wallpaper used by Design Star contestant Lonnie Paul.
Here's the beautiful custom wallpaper used by Design Star contestant Lonnie Paul.
While this a beautiful look, the word custom usually means pricey in design speak. Using the stencil in the next photo, an experienced stenciler could create a similiar feel by stacking the Ornamental Cartouche stencil by Royal Design Studios and spacing the repeates appropriately.

Here's a great alternative to printed grass cloths by applying this Royal Design Studios Ornamental Cartouche Stencil over plain grass cloth.
Here's a great alternative to printed grass cloths by applying this Royal Design Studios Ornamental Cartouche Stencil over plain grass cloth.
There are so many fresh look out in stencil designs that I would like to share and hopefully get your design juices flowing. This Oriental Brushstrokes stencil also by Royal Design Studios makes for a fun and elegant random stencil application.

These random stencil elements Oriental Brushstrokes by Royal Design Studios make an elegant and understated statement on your walls.
These random stencil elements Oriental Brushstrokes by Royal Design Studios make an elegant and understated statement on your walls.
The Cherry Blossom stencil, also by Royal Design Studios, is another stencil that can be used randomly on your walls with a lot of personality!

This random stencil called Cherry Blossoms by Royal Design Studios is full of personality!
This random stencil called Cherry Blossoms by Royal Design Studios is full of personality!
For a great all over repeat stencil, how about the Allover Indian Floral by Royal Design Studios!

I love the look of this stencil and the color combos that could be created range from subdued to wild!
I love the look of this stencil and the color combos that could be created range from subdued to wild!
So many people live in homes with dated cabinetry that they can't afford to replace. With this Zebra stencil from Royal Design Studios paint your cabinets and then stencil on this fun design. You may even fall in love with your dated cabinetry after all!

This zebra stencil makes for fresh and fun cabinetry with this unexpected aqua color scheme!
This zebra stencil makes for fresh and fun cabinetry with this unexpected aqua color scheme!
Cole and Sons makes a well known designer wallpaper designed with a birch forest motif. Create your own version in your own custom color scheme with the Birch Forest stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

This birch forest stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils is great for walls, furniture or whatever use you can imagine!
This birch forest stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils is great for walls, furniture or whatever use you can imagine!
I also think the Splash stencil kit can be a fun addition for a bathroom, kitchen or bedroom. This fun floral design by Cutting Edge Stencils is a can't miss!

I think this fun Splash stencil kit by Cutting Edge Stencils offers a lot of fun possibilities!
I think this fun Splash stencil kit by Cutting Edge Stencils offers a lot of fun possibilities!
Any one who knows me well knows that I am a sucker for paisley! The new Vintage Paisley stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils is so my style! Here is the Vintage Paisley stencil done in a more subdued color scheme.

This subdued paisley color scheme works for either an adult bedroom or a teen room too!
This subdued paisley color scheme works for either an adult bedroom or a teen room too!
This stencil is very versitile! Take a look at the same paisley done up in brights and perfect for a tween or teen room!

This tween or teen bright color scheme is a fun and fabulous way to use this stencil!
This tween or teen bright color scheme is a fun and fabulous way to use this stencil!
I will always love stencils! One word of caution though. There is a huge difference in what an amateur stencil artist and an experienced professional stencil artist can accomplish. Experience  and practice, practice, practice makes for pleasing results with stencils. Be prepared to practice on scrap wood or cardboard until you can really get the hang of it. I have seen so many bad stencil jobs and it isn't always as easy as it looks in photos so be willing to practice before turning your brush and stencil to the wall. If you live where textured wall abound, there's an extra learning curve and the pouncing method usually works best.

If you want truly professional results hire a professional. While it isn't any more affordable than wallpaper, stenciling allows you to customize the color scheme and when you are ready for a change there is no wallpaper to be removed.
In the Phoenix and Scottsdale area the professionals at Gold Standard Finishes LLC can help to get you the look you desire with faux finishing or stencils.
 
If you need interior design advice in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona area, call Susie Goldstein Interiors LLC for beautiful design and professional results! 480-775-1500