Gentle curves in the form of decorative plates and shapely furniture help to balance the grid effect of these stencilled walls.
Chippendale sofa, George Smith
Mamamushi footstool, Pimpernel & Partners
The bamboo trellis stencil in deep blue creates an intriguing effect, and stands out against the clean white background. Using two colours, like this classic blue-and-white combination, will enable you to mix traditional and graphic patterns effortlessly.
Pitch Blue Estate Emulsion, Farrow & Ball
This stencil, which mimics the look of floor tiles, helps to demarcate the eating area in a kitchen-dining room (see next image). The use of grey floor paint and the soft white-painted chairs dressed with simple loose covers combine to create a relaxed French feel.
Informal and vintage-style tableware and accessories add to the classic, slightly rustic scheme, which is eminently easy to live with. Painted floors should be protected with varnish, although a little wear and tear sits well with the country feel.
For a unique effect, create a stencil design that highlights a particular motif in your room’s principal fabric. Have the stencil custom-made (see next image), scaling the pattern up or down to suit the proportions of your room, and when you come to use the stencil, choose a paint colour that coordinates with both your wall paint and the fabric.
Taking inspiration from Indiennes motifs, this striking paisley stencil was made to order from a customer’s design sent to Stencil Kingdom. Here it has been used to produce a unique panelled effect in an inviting bedroom, where a rich palette of warm ginger, tobacco and dusty pink enhances the decorative designs of the Indian-print-style fabrics.