To give his dining room dimension, decorative painter and Cutting Edge Stencils cofounder Greg Swisher troweled on slightly iridescent LusterStone, a Venetian-plaster–like coating, above the wainscoting, then stenciled on a stylized design in Benjamin Moore's
Cedar Path. Want more drama? Reverse the scheme with a darker wall color and a shimmery hue for the design.
Diamond Damask stencil, about $50; cuttingedgestencils.com
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