I wrote recently on this blog about the "China: Through the Looking Glass" exhibition at the Met. My sister sent me the Vogue Special Edition Met Gala 2015 magazine which arrived this morning. The magazine was filled with fabulous photos of the exhibition as well as behind the scenes shots of the Met Gala, a star studded affair celebrating the exhibition's opening. As usual, the events design team Raul Avila Inc, excelled themselves, but what really caught my eye in particular was this:
An amazing stencilled sisal rug that goes up the main staircase. It has been made even more dramatic for being flanked by over 6000 massive stalks of bamboo.
You can see the stencilled floor in this photo too. You can easily create a similar version with our designer blossom stencils, specifically CH24 Designer Sheet No. 1 for the stalks and branches, and CH25 Designer Sheet No. 2 for the flowers. These stencils are two sheets of a set of four that were designed based on chinoiserie hand painted wallpapers so are very much in keeping with the oriental style. I like the way this is done quite sparsely in light shaded colours so it isn't too dense or bold of a design. The flowers are stencilling in what looks like white with hints of blue, lilac or green on top.
This meandering look is quite simple to achieve because there is no real measurement involved. You just decide how you want it to look, start with a frame of stalks and branches, then add flowers and leaves. The only thing to decide ahead of time is how sparse or dense you want your design to be. If you were doing a large space like this, I would suggest ordering the stencils at 150% of their normal size (just email us for details)for larger scale. You will always have something unique as no two people will use these stencils in the same way. You decide how you want your design to "grow".
Sisal is easy to stencil if it is a lightly textured, tight woven sisal (lumpy seagrass would be more challenging). It does take the paint quite well. We just use our standard acrylic paints which are great on fabrics, sisal included. Keep in mind that the paint will wear off over time especially in areas of high traffic, although this does take quite a long while before it starts to happen. If you find this starts to fade, just get your stencils out and touch it up when needed. You can read more about how to stencil it in our post on stencilling the sisal rug.
I am totally inspired. I am now wondering where I could put a sisal rug, stencilled in a similar fashion, in my house. If you have been a regular reader of the blog, you will know that my house is very much a work in progress. I have a 3 phase plan and am only partway through phase 1. Phase 2 involves putting a small old style orangerie/greenhouse/conservatory on the back of the house. The type that is more greenhouse than conservatory with a victorian patterned tiled floor and drain so you can water the plants and not worry about water on the floor. But there would be a small corner for some old style whicker furniture, wood burning stove and maybe a stencilled sisal rug. But I am leaping ahead of myself. Phase 1 first.
If you are wanting to recreate chinese bird and blossom panels like the ones on the wall hanging in the photos, have a look at our extensive Chinese Style stencil section, we have several large panels amongst our many oriental stencil designs.
Photographs by Eric Boman for Vogue Magazine