First off, let me just say...I'm not typically a stencil kind of gal. I'm not trying to sound snobby or snooty, they just always looked a little too "cut and paste" for me. They have had a bad connotation associated with them for a long while in design, due to prior visions of ivy and chickens framing the windows and doors in grandmas kitchen. But, there are new options nowadays, that, done right, can look just as upscale as that designer wallpaper you've been eying. The large-scale, modern prints really bring the competition to a new level, and offer renters and budget-minded folk a big bang for their buck.
One thing that I want to keep in mind here, is that, I am renting. I know there is removable wallpaper nowadays, but, it can get semi-expensive, plus you have to pay someone to install it (I know better than trying it myself!) The costs just keep adding up, and in the end you are investing a ton of money into someplace you will be leaving in a couple/few years. Now, if you were staying there indefinitely...I think it would be worth it. But, that's not that case here...so, I think I need to take a serious look at this idea for those reasons alone.
I like the soft look of the peacock feathers above. I would do this probably exactly as shown (or even change the small yellow accents to a metallic gold. Oooooo...yum.
both found here
The flowers above are really sweet, and remind me of a lot of all the super fun, floral paper out there right now. What makes it even better is that you could customize the colors to fit your needs. I would probably tone these down color wise for my purposes...but, oh, the options.
Below though, I have to say, is the front-runner...
I'm loooooving lace right now. It would be a nice alternative to the lace wallpapers that I showed you yesterday. It's soft, light, and delicate. But, the large-scale pattern keeps it current and not toooo sticky sweet. I would keep it in the super light grey and white. I tossed around making the grey a metallic silver instead, but I think that would make the contrast too harsh and severe. Not what I'm going for.
How do you feel about the wallpaper vs. stencil idea? Do you think that stencils offer a viable alternative to wallpaper. Or, is it just a cheap knockoff, that looks second rate? I know my opinion...just wondering what the consensus is with you all. Thoughts?