French Style Wall Stencils

Ted and Lillian Williams 100x100 French Style Wall StencilsPicture Of Elegance featured a number of stunning pictures on their blog of Ted and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France. The chateau was built ca.1765, and reflects a French Rococo architectural period of style, which is quite similar to those found in Sweden in the 17th century. The house features a large amount of french furnishings. The highlight of the pictures are the amazing stenciled walls.  The Trouvais Blog featured some larger pictures of their home originally featured on World of Interiors in April of 1994.

If you carefully study the bedroom you can see the amazing hand painted olive leaf stenciling on the furniture and the walls. This is very typical of 17th century decorating. Olive Leave wreaths, and larger scaled stenciling was very common.

Ted and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy France 2 French Style Wall StencilsTed and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France- Picture Of Elegance

The book Repeating Patterns 1100 – 1800 is an excellent book for cutting out your own designs and stenciling them on to the wall or furniture. The stencils can be very easy to quite complicated. This book and CD-Rom set contains a stunning collection of repeating patterns from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque.

The book 2,286 Traditional Stencil Designs is a 128 page book containing designs in reproductions of two rare catalogs: ornamental borders, corners and frames with intricate floral and foliated patterns, and architectural ornaments.

800 Classic Ornaments and Designs contains 144 pages of ornaments such as decorated with flowers. This is a treasury of royalty-free art that includes classical columns, a rich selection of heraldic designs, and a variety of charming calligraphic alphabets. A priceless resource for artists and designers.

This Quilt Bridal leaf stencil is as close I could find on Amazon of Ted and Lillians bedroom pattern. Depending on the size it could be shifted around and penciled in on the wall to create a design and then painted.

If you are considering stenciling furniture or the walls, finding the right pattern can be most of the battle. In the past I have resorted to cutting my own stencils with a stencil cutter which is very time consuming but extremely rewarding to get the exact design you have in mind. The first dresser I stenciled was a zebra pattern which I cut from the pattern of a bed sheet. All you need is a cutting tool which has a sharp rolled edge and some clear stenciling sheets. You can get interesting patterns from the books in your local library.

Another way of getting a large design up on the walls or on to furniture is using an overhead projector. It is worth picking one up if you plan on doing a large design on the walls. You don’t have be artistically skilled to pull off a worthy design on your walls.

An overhead projector is a easy way of transferring a large scale design on the walls.  Take a look at the navy and gold dresser I painted up simply by using an overhead projector. The design was large, so it took me no time at all! Here is another french chest I painted using an overhead projector.  The best thing about an overhead projector is you can combine a number of different patterns to create a custom look much like Lillian’s bedroom.

The design that is in Ted and Lillian Williams bedroom is an olive leaf design which can be collected from a number of different sources and then applied to the wall using the same paint, and it would all blend in much like something right out of the 17th century!

If you are looking for something simple on the walls consider the Ashford Toiles Geometric Trellis Wallpaper, which gives a very Swedish look to the wall. It also comes in Black and white, and a green and brown which appears to be more colonial than Swedish.

Here are some ideas to creating century old walls……..

If you have been a fan of the gold tones, consider Yorks Neoclassical pattern in Yellow.  Upholster some good Louis XV chairs in some bright yellow fabric with this wall paper, and be sure the frame is BRIGHT Gold!

* York sells a neoclassical print that has a light background for$88 dollars a roll. The detailing is more delicate. This is a spectacular print. Here is the light blue version of this paper. They also have a green print on a white background as well.

*Fabrics and Wallpapers for Historic Buildings is a volume for everyone involved in restoring or researching American houses built between 1700 and 1900. An interesting guide for those who enjoy researching authentic wallpaper designs.

The Artful Stencil on ebay features a number of really large stencils that you can use as a pattern. They carry the primitive looking Swedish stencils which can be more historically accurate with Swedish style than a pattern like like damask, which is more french

I also wanted to mention that Stencil Mania has a lovely Fleur De Lis stencil that features an elongated leaf pattern can be used vertically or horizontally on furniture.

Picture Credits, Visit The Essence Of Frenchness Blog, Picture Of Elegance Blog, The Trouvais Blog, A. Lain R T. Ruong Blog

Ted Lillian Williamss restored French Folly Château de Morsan Normandy Seen on Alain Truong Blog 17 500x696 French Style Wall StencilsTed and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France A. Lain R T. Ruong Blog

Ted Lillian Williamss restored French Folly Château de Morsan Normandy Seen on Alain Truong Blog 500x336 French Style Wall StencilsTed and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France A. Lain R T. Ruong Blog

Ted Lillian Williamss restored French Folly Château de Morsan Normandy Seen on Alain Truong Blog 3 500x746 French Style Wall Stencils

Ted Lillian Williamss restored French Folly Château de Morsan Normandy Seen on Alain Truong Blog 7 500x738 French Style Wall StencilsTed and Lillian Williams chateau in Normandy, France A. Lain R T. Ruong Blog

Château de Morsan built circa 1736 Normandy France. Photographed by Deidi Von Schaewen Seen on Felix Feliz Blog 500x803 French Style Wall StencilsChâteau de Morsan built circa 1736 Normandy, France. Photographed by Deidi Von Schaewen Seen on Felix Feliz Blog

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