Every now and again, there is a trend (I'll not specify fashion or interiors as one does tend to spill into another and vice versa), that bubbles away gently and seems to last. I came across one of my favourite photos of one of my favourite stencils recently and was reminded of this.
photo:The Stencil Library
It is part of the "art jumping off the canvas and landing on just about everything else" theme. This one is all about brushstrokes: bold, random, dribbled, scribbled, fun, splattered, painterly, arty. There is something so playful about it and I love it especially when it pops up in unexpected places and in unexpected sizes. For some reason there is something a little bit naughty about it (does this hark back to childhood where I imagine just about every one of us got into trouble for painting where we shouldn't at least once - who wanted to stay on a small piece of paper when furniture, walls and floors beckoned). I love the informal abstract and bold look especially when mixed with something more traditional. There is about to be a big Abstract Expressionist exhibition at the Royal Academy (starts Sept 24th) so maybe now is a good time to dip our toe into this look. I think there will be a lot more to say on the subject.
The wall is stencilled with our MD41 Paint Splatter stencil in the large size (it somes in 4 sizes). It is a gorgeous stencil and so easy to use (much easier than trying to throw paint around in a decorative fashion, believe me). You can layer it, use as few or as many colours as you like. I haven't used this in my own home yet, but am biding my time and will find a place be it walls or fabrics. Here it is done in very subtle tone on tone colours on the wall so it almost a texture. It is enhanced by being offset by traditional accessories and prints. The botanical prints are stuck directly on the wall within our CPR6 Print Room frames stencils (which is a historical art - something the Georgians were particularly fond of). This is why I love this so much. You see the prints first and it is very stately home and almost regal and then you realise that the walls are covered in paint splatter. Tongue firmly in cheek!
Kelly Wearstler, designer extraordinaire, decorated her hallway in her own bold paintstroke wallpaper here. Again, the hall looks quite grand with its sweeping curved staircase, but the paper looks like her kids have scribbled on the walls, giant size. It somehow manages to look both artfully serious and yet fun.
photo: Bjorn Wallander for Elle Decor
This is one of her rugs. At first glance, this is a quiet, classy library/study until you realise that the carpet is covered with giant ink splats. A perfect way to make sure the space is not too serious.
photo: Susi Bellamy
Artist Susi Bellamy started first on canvas but then decided some of her paintings would look good on cushions. Cushions can be moved about easily and can change the look of a room in an instant. These cushions are bold and bright and look amazing when offsetting antique furniture. But they also look fantastic when providing an injection of colour into a pale modern interior. Her floor cushions, at 1 metre square, are nothing short of amazing.
Cole & Son's Strand wallpaper comes in a few colourways, but I must admit, I am rather fond of this rich emerald green and gold combination. This is such a wonderful variation on a traditional (sorry, there is that word again) stripe paper.
I don't know where this photo came from, but I want this chair. This epitomises my favourite theme of mixing the old with the new. It is a piece of art and would look amazing in most interiors. The fabric is Pierre Frey's aptly named "Arty" fabric.
There are a few more brushstroke stencils we have in our range. I like them all and am dying to use them one day:
VN37 Scribble stencil from our Vintage range
VN16 Stipple stencil from our Vintage range
MD43 Brushstrokes stencil from our Modern Design range.