Stenciled Flowers in Free Fall
Forget measuring, marking, and making everything level. This refreshing, blossomy pattern spills across the wall with minimum fuss
One part random, one part nuanced, this beguiling wallpaper-like custom floral wall design is made possible by four different stencils in four different sizes, their floral patterns scattered across the wall as if by the wind.
“It allows lots of freedom,” says Annie Sloan, the British decorative painter and entrepreneur who demonstrates this project’s controlled-free-form approach in her latest book, Annie Sloan Paints Everything (CICO Books). “The key thing is to restrict the colors you work with,” she says. “And don’t crowd the stencils—you want lightness, not density.”
Sloan put down a bright-blue base coat, then stenciled on three other blues and a pale orange. She started with floral branches in dark blue, placing them at roughly equidistant intervals and at different angles, then overprinted them using the same stencil and a light blue, again tipping the stems to face this way and that—then a third time, with an even paler shade. Pale-orange blossoms in three distinct shapes and sizes dot the wall, while leafy-green furniture provides a hint of foliage.
This step-by-step demonstrates how to create custom floral wall designs with stencils.