I recently bought a wall stencil from Royal Design Studio online to paint a few walls in my home. If you use the code from Young House Love: YHL10 you get 10% off!
At first, I couldn't decide between these two versions of the Moroccan circles:
The bottom one is more graphic and retro, and the one on the top is more delicate and subtle.
Eventually, I decided on the top one because I wanted more of the walls to be covered in the new flat paint, and less to be the original high gloss white that was existing.
[Flat paint hides imperfections in the walls better]
Here's what it was like when we first started:
It takes a long time because the stencil is only so big and you have to keep lining it up with what you last painted (after it dries) and filling in the gaps:
In this photo, you can see when the light hits it how the shine changes on the glossy paint from beneath:
It took a while for me to be satisfied with the color. The subtle neutrals are always the hardest to get right. I wanted it to be a flat white on glossy white, but when I opened up my flat pure white- it looked beige and on the wall too. I didn't want that, so I mixed in some flat grey I had until it was a subtle light grey I was happy with.
Almost finished, hadn't gotten the top of the wall yet- but now you can see the difference it makes!