This bathroom appears to have a perfect hybrid of wallpaper and mural, it is neither. The decoration has been created with two stencils from the Chinese Style collection at The Stencil Library. The plaster walls have been painted with household paint and the stencil work has been applied using pearlescent white and silver metallic paint from Lumiere. There are a few hints or rather tints of colour in the stencil work. This was achieved by adding minuscule amounts of acrylic paint onto the stencil brush and working it into pearlescent white paint on a palette. These paint are washable on fabric which may be useful if curtains or cushions are to be part of your bathroom decor. I have used this technique many times before most notably in one of my guest rooms which is also decorated with stencils from our Chinoiserie range.
If you like the look of Chinoiserie style wallpapers but have neither the budget or a dry enough environment to use them in a bathroom the stencil is a great alternative. The bonus is that you choose exactly the colours that you wish to apply and if you are stencilling with acrylic paint it will not wash off the surfaces when the going gets humid. The look of Iridescent and pearlescent paints change with the available light and appear quite different when applied over dark and pale backgrounds. This is shown well on the metallic paint section of our web site, we smeared paint onto both black and white paper then photographed the difference to help customers choose the correct colour for their projects.
Darker backgrounds provide a dramatic contrast to the hues of the paint and displays the brilliance and intensity of them whereas we wanted a 'barely there' look to the stencilling on these walls. We chose tones that would reflect the background paint and enhance the mirrors and fittings in the bathroom. Pearlescent and metallic paint paints appear different under natural and electric light. There is quite a difference between the picture above and the one at the beginning of this post; I recommend that a sample board ( I use a length of heavy lining paper) is painted with the chosen colours, placed in the room and then observed at intervals of daylight and darkness
I started to stencil the walls alongside the owner of this bathroom to help her to get the colours and the technique right and then I left her to complete it.
The stencil decoration fits around the light fixtures and radiators and curls around the door frames.
It grows behind the radiators and around the doors and windows.
I think it looks rather fab, don't you?