To Stencil, or not to Stencil

Back in January I talked about the return of papering and that I was considering it for our powder room downstairs.  The truth is, I keep flip-flopping between being all googly-eyed over gorgeous paper, and sort of leaning toward a stencil.  There are some beautiful transformations out there.  I wonder if stenciling would truly be easier than papering for a perfectionist like me.  If I were to stencil a wall, I feel that the possibility of having to touch up every little smudge by hand is very great.  However, it’s appealing because of the fact I can choose literally any color in the rainbow and make it all my own.  And then promptly paint right over it when I change my mind again.  This happens often.  I love these closet tutorials! Click the pic to jump to the source!

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Did someone say herringbone?

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This feels so bohemian and cool to me.  Might not work for us, but the transformation is awesome to see!  And can I just replace all those janky white hangers in my closet for some wood ones? Seriously.

I just love the larger pattern below as inspiration for Aurelia’s closet!  (Which I intended to paint/update before she came.  Seeing that she is now a year old… yeah).

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All the cool kids are doing Ikat these days:

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Part of the reason I lean toward stenciling, is that it is so much less of a commitment than papering!  I mean, we all remember what happened in the 80s… death by floral.  And navy/maroon/hunter green ruffle-y pillows.  And plaid, (which I actually like again.  Hm). Sometimes I freeze up and cannot commit to making decisions about anything because I get so worried our home will look dated in a couple of years.  I try very hard to focus on design that is timeless and classic as the backdrop, and to add accessories and easily-changeable updates to pop and add to our aesthetic.  But… I’m still in love with this:

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And since the powder room is so small, I’m thinking it might be fine to paper it.  See that?  I’m flip-flopping again.  But, my parents happen to be expert paperers, and I’ve stripped wallpaper with them before, ripping huge sheets cleanly and quickly off the walls.  So, I know first hand it doesn’t have to be miserable.  Today I stand undecided.  Has anyone tackled papering and stenciling?  Do you have a preference?

Have a happy Thursday!

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