SAY THAT five times fast. Planning the perfect pattern….jk. I wont. This stencil has turned into quite the exercise in decision-making! If you’ve been following along with the makeover of my foyer you know that I’ve been searching for the perfect stencil to add a pop of color in my now all white front entry.
I had it narrowed down to four designs and asked you all to help me decide which was best! Your favorite among these four was the Moroccan-style design (#2), but after sitting on the decision for a few days, I wasn’t sold on that one or any of the others.
So I went back to the drawing board (aka Etsy.com) to see if there wasn’t anything out there that I loved more. Then I stumbled upon this gem. It was love at second (or third) sight, because I know I had seen it when I did my original search. I’m not sure what made me pass it up the first time. I think it was because it shipped from the other side of the world and I hate ordering things from so far away. Alas, it was the one my heart really wanted so I just went ahead and bought it anyway! It came from J Boutique Stencils.
While waiting for my stencil to show up, I hit the fan deck to come up with a color scheme. I narrowed it down to some ocean blues to go with the teal railing, some chartreuse/limey greens because I love them and some warm greys to tame those wild color beasts.
After a long internal debate and many a text message to my friends/family for encouragement to keep fighting the good fight, I selected these four colors. I picked them from my Sherwin Williams fan deck, a surprise from my painter that showed up in my mailbox one day. She’s such a thoughtful lady, although I think her gift may have been partly self-serving because I kept holding her fan decks hostage.
MMMMMmmmm, so juicy. I’m going to come right out and say it. I did an excellent job picking these colors. I LOVE the combo. No second thoughts, no hemming or hawing. I love how they work together, how each color is strong individually and how they remind me of all things tropical and warm. They take me back to my honeymoon, which is a nice thing to be reminded of when you look at your home. This color scheme is PERFECT! For me at least, but that’s all that matters when you’re decorating your own home, right?
After picking out the.perfect.color.scheme. I was feeling full of energy. When the stencil finally arrived I went straight to Lowes to get sample pots so I could start to play with the combo. Lowes mixed Valspar samples to match my SW colors because my local SW store doesn’t mix sample sizes. As the paint department mixed my samples, I hopped over to Michael’s to get some stencil sponges and poster board.
If you were feeling at all turned off by my over-confident celebration of my color selection, feel comfort in the fact that I have been agonizing over how to use the colors in the stencil for the past week. The universe has its own way of bringing us to a state of balance.
I don’t have pictures of every iteration of the design, mainly because when I didn’t come up with something that worked I simply painted right over it with a different color scheme. I do have two to show you because I thought I had “the one” and then realized that I didn’t. The picture below is the one that I though really worked. It’s hard to tell with the bright light, but the Surfer teal is the small cluster of four diamonds and the larger diamond is done with Belize aqua.
I love how this design looked on paper, but when I hung it on the wall and glanced at it from across the room it was too busy for my eye. The eye wants what the eye wants, so I went back to my poster board. This time I’m pretty sure I have it. There’s something about the curved medallion surrounding the small diamonds that just made me want to keep that grouping all one color. I chose Sea Salt grey as the base color because, while I am a color-lover through and through, I didn’t want it to look like a fun house in here.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the two, with the one I think I’m going with displayed on the right. So am I totally old school with my poster board taped to the wall here? I feel like I should be using some type of technology to do this for me. I’m like that old lady on the commercial who is “posting” her vacation pictures to her “wall” because it’s cheaper than sending them to all her friends. Haha. Do you know what I’m talking about?
What do you all think? Do you like the other one better? I’d like to know how many people I will be disappointing by going with the one on the right. The next step is actually applying this monster to the wall. I’m researching best methods for multi-color stencil application before diving head first into this project. Wish me luck!