Sometimes less is more!

Stencil sample boards 

Stencil sample boards 

Heather S. Thompson Fine Art distressed stencil paintings as seen at The City Farmhouse show. 

Heather S. Thompson Fine Art distressed stencil paintings as seen at The City Farmhouse show. 

Recently, I had the great pleasure of working with a fabulous, creative client with brilliant ideas to take her basic builder grade home out of the box and make it uniquely hers. She contacted me after seeing some of my distressed stencil works on canvas at The City Farmhouse Holiday show in Franklin, TN. A stencil accent wall became the perfect creative solution to set her home apart. 

We discussed her color story and I developed sample boards to work with her current wall colors. She knew she wanted a creative paint treatment but her powder room was a narrow space. Once we viewed the sample board in her space it was clear that she only needed this special treatment on her accent wall which can be seen down the hall from her kitchen. 

The walls were already painted Sherwin Williams Sea Salt, so I layered some texture, a glitter glaze and then a distressed Corsini Damask stencil, which ended up being a four layer process. But the effect is a deliciously dramatic pop, perfect for a truly unique fine art accent wall. 

With the powder room complete, we tackled the master bed and bath (also with Sea Salt walls). The client wanted something soft and romantic yet slightly distressed to blend with her furnishings and her eclectic feminine farmhouse style. To achieve this look, she chose the Florence Tile Stencil. We planned to use her trim color for the stencil but quickly realized it did not have enough contrast and switched to Sherwin Williams Snowbound. Instead of a crisp clean finish for the stencil, I allowed some of the wall color to show through and worked with imperfections rather than against them.  This provided the soft, distressed finish we were seeking. 

So what do you think? Does less of a good thing work for you or are you an all-over pattern person? 

Photos of walls by Tammy Russell. All others Heather S. Thompson