3/08/2011

Alternative to Wallpaper


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?

11 comments:

things that sparkle said...

I think if you are up for the work of a stencil they can look gorgeous. That lace option is STUNNING.

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

I think stenciling can be an good alternative, depends on the pattern and the location I think. If it's done right, I see no reason why it can't be lovely!

Amanda said...

I love it...I just don't know if I would ever finish it :)

April said...

I love love love the one at the top. It would look great in a small bathroom or laundry room perhaps!

Danika Herrick said...

You know I'm a fan. I used to cringe at the thought and have bad 80/90's ivy and birdhouse flashbacks, but they have come a long way. And the other PROs- they are easy to make if you can't find exactly what you are looking for, and easy to paint over if you no like.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I just recently discovered an amazing stencil store on Etsy that does ikat prints and it totally convinced me of the idea. That lace one you have picked out is SO GORGEOUS!!! I think it's perfect for you.

LH said...

Having removed way too much tenacious, dated wallpaper in my life, I think the new wallpaper-like stencils win out by a huge margin. Sure, they take time to do, but when you get tired of them, you can paint over them without the scoring, spraying, scraping, cursing, scrubbing, and patching that seems to come with wallpaper removal.

jennie w. said...

I love wallpaper but I've been very impressed with some of the latest stencils. We had some cheesy floral stencils in our house way back when. But I just stenciled a bunch of cabinets in my house. I think they turned out really well and hopefully not cheesy. I'll include a link if you want to check them out.

http://beehiveandbirdsnest.blogspot.com/2010/07/mudroom-reveal.html

courtneyoutloud said...

I love a stencil - I have three in my house. i think you can get the look of wallpaper but in a temporary way. I am flying out to NY to help you :)

modern jane said...

The lace stencil is amazing. So pretty! I agree about the wallpapering.. it's is very frustrating but so worth it.

Heather said...

it has been really interesting to watch stencils make a comeback, and I agree--they've come a long way! I reaaaallly want wallpaper in a couple of key spots in my house, but can't afford it and think stencils might be the way to go. I think the trick is to keep it to a minimum so your house doesn't end up looking too crafty.

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