Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Dining Room Stencil Paint

Back in the Fall I had shared some pictures of the dining room as well as some ideas of what I was contemplating for the walls. Go here and here

I had also purchased this Saida Ikat stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils which I am excited to try above the chair rail.
ikat stencil

Here is a platter from Macau which I want to use as partial inspiration for the walls. It has a lot of pretty colors but I have been toying with the idea of a metallic for the stenciling but in a shade of silver.

Earlier this month I had ordered some acrylic metallic paint samples from Nova Color which sat in this box for a few days by the front door. I did not want to open it until I had taken down my Christmas decorations.

This colorful chart is what I found when I opened the box.

My first thought was that it looks like a chart for some fun nail polish color - I am sure I have tried at least half of these shades at some point!

The samples I ordered are Silver, Stainless Steel and Antique Silver. The Silver and Antique Silver are pearlescent-opaque whereas the Stainless Steel is a metallic. The pearlescent characteristic means the paint will change color depending on how the light hits it (refraction). Opaque will ensure the overall base wall color will not show through the pearlescent color.

I have never tried Nova paints before and am excited to see how these look. I am also working on determining the color of the walls. I am thinking darker for more impact and drama but that will depend on which sample I like best and whether to have the stencil contrast with the wall or be more subtle. I will share more pictures as I make progress with this project. Do you think I should go light or dark on the walls?
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  1. I think I'd buy them just for that cool colour chart!! What a gorgeous range of colours - I find myself actually drooling!!


  2. Oh, Lisa...decisions! I went back and looked at your other posts of the colors, I thought it might be easier, ha! I wouldn't repaint the base color, but I think it would be worth it to try a couple samples on the wall first, and then show us, of course! :)

  3. Oh, those metallics sure are fun. I can't wait to see what you decide!

  4. Oh Lisa! I love that stencil pattern! Can't wait to see what you do! I know it will be great!

  5. I am going to be absolutely no help to you Lisa since I like both subtle and the wow factor so you're on your own. I can't wait to see what you do and I know it's going to be fabulous!


  6. Those colors are insanely cool...and metallic??? Bomb. It's going to be completely transformed! Excited probably doesn't cover it (c:

  7. That's going to be amazing! I'm always a sucker for the pearlescent look on stencils. Can't wait to see what you do!

  8. How cool is that color chart???
    I'd go dark with the stencil. If you are going to put in so much time and effort to stencil the walls, I'd want my work to be obvious and not-so-subtle. But that's just me :)

  9. that's always a tough question... especially when I working on my own home. I love the tone on tone look but if you go dark- that would look stunning and add some drama. Look forward to seeing what you come up with!

  10. Go BOLD!! Dark would be amazing. I too have a stencil I'm waiting to try...still in box. :-)

  11. This sounds like a great project, I REALLY REALLY love that stencil pattern and the sample paints you chose, can't wait to see what you do!

  12. I love that platter! I loved it that first time you showed it in a post. And tough decision about the walls...I'm thinking darker maybe. Mmm..I'll have to think about that.

  13. I think you should go all out and go dark! I think it will make the stencil stand out more. I really love the antique silver paint!