How to Stencil An Accent Wall
A bold pattern on just one wall can anchor focal-point furniture
A lot of people LOVE the way wallpaper can warm up a bedroom but balk at the thought of installing it. In giving this space a boost, interior designers Paige Sumblin Schnell and Anna Kay Porch decided to use a stencil instead, and to balance the lively pattern by leaving three walls white.
"We wanted to bring in more color and pattern, but without overwhelming the room," Schnell says. Her design, which plays off the bed linens, is a loose takeoff on the quatrefoil—a rose-like design whose popularity spread from Oriental rugs and Gothic tracery to contemporary tile. (Fittingly, Schnell named her Rosemary Beach, Florida, firm Tracery Interiors.)
The designers reinforced the color scheme with orangey-red and clean white paint. Pale-neutral accessories, a pickled-pine ceiling, and a rustic bench add an earthy counterpoint, while the slightly ragged edges of the loops and lines reinforce the handcrafted nature of decorative painting.
To produce the stencil—a quatrefoil about 21 inches wide atop a starburst—Schnell turned to Chad Martin, a designer near Birmingham, Alabama, who cut it out of Mylar (available by special order, about $55; The G Brand).
Working on this project clearly helped convert Martin to the decorative-painting cause. "I've taken down old wallpaper, and it's not fun," he says. "With a stencil, if you get tired of it later on you can just paint over it."