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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Lisa