Soon I will be redecorating the arts and crafts style dining room at Stocksfield Hall. At the moment I use the room as a venue for stencil classes and as a painting studio more than I do for hosting dinner parties but I will re-decorate and re-stencil with entertaining in mind a rather than creating a purely functional space.
Three of the walls carry the stencil design DE76 it is a repeating pattern of birds and bamboo, we used a combination of household paint and copper leaf to colour the stencil. Panels of copper transfer leaf were stencilled onto the lower half of the room and I stencilled DE155 a lily flower onto it. If the paint does not adhere properly it may be that oil from your skin is present on the metal leaf. Simply add a tiny bit of soap or dish detergent to the paint and try again.
The pattern on the fireplace wall is DE83 and I stencilled the same pattern onto the velvet of the table runner. I used a handful of colours on the wall and blended them in a fairly haphazard way for a soft and informal look. A post published on DesignInspiration in 2007 showed and described how to stencil the walls, floors and fabrics to create an Arts & Crafts look similar to the one at Stocksfield. Inspiration for our stencilled room included The Morris Room at the V&A Museum cafe.
I have bought furniture from the local charity shop to house the stencil supplies for our classes as well as dinner plates and glasses. I will be sad to paint over the decoration in the dining room but excited to create a new interior.
The floors were affected by a flood six years ago and that is the main reason for the re-do because the paint is chipping away in areas.
The main thoroughfare through the room is traversed many times because it is the route from the kitchen to our office. Originally more layers of varnish were applied to that area of floor and as a result it has held up better than the less trodden places. Chips and I are discussing plans for the new decoration, nothing is formalised yet but I think that I'll make stencilled mirror to set into the window surrounds which should boost the light from both sun and candles. I have employed this stencil and gilding technique in other rooms.
I would like another richly patterned, stencilled floor or an ornate, painted ceiling....maybe both!