Would you like your walls to be as stunning as the walls in this photo? You will need paint from Hirshfield’s, a stencil, and a steady hand.
This plain black wall would be able to stand on its own. The black oozes drama with the contrast of the white wall and good-looking accent trim, making it a wonderful space. Someone thought it needed a little pizzazz and brought a stencil into play. At first I thought the base coat and top coat were the same color, just different sheens, but I’m having second thoughts. Darker colors in higher sheens appear lighter due to light reflecting from them. What do you think? I can’t make up my mind
If you are trying your hand at stenciling, and want a tone on tone finish, test the different sheens on sample boards. Try a flat or matte finish with a semi-gloss as a topcoat; or an eggshell base and a high gloss top coat. Another option is using the Benjamin Moore Metallic Glaze as a topcoat. Hang the sample boards on the wall, in the space you are planning to stencil, with the lighting you are using. Is a 60 watt bulb reflecting off a high gloss topcoat a good look? Personal preference. You decide.
Hirshfield’s downtown contractor service center painted flames on one of their walls using a matte finish as the base and a satin topcoat. The flames are so subtle that unless you catch the light at just the right angle, you don’t know the flames exist. The guys at the CSC told me you can achieve the same tone on tone look, by using a clear, acrylic topcoat instead of paint.
Are you familiar with the Imperial Trellis wallpaper from Schumacher? One of my favorites. Hello, Gorgeous made her own Imperial Trellis stencil… you’ll have to read her posting for the entire scoop, stencil making and all. Keep in mind, she did an accent wall, not the entire room.
Sheen can highlight imperfections or hide imperfections. Get it right before you buy your Hirshfield’s paint and sundries. Have your people talk to my people, because my people are the experts.
Do you have time for one more great looking wall? Hope so. Compliments of the talented kristin f. davis designs.
The Plaster Center has a few stencils on hand and catalogs for you to look through. They can also give you names of applicators to do the job for you. Royal Design Studio has stencils and tons of how-to information. Don’t forget her blog DesignAmour.
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