There's not a lot of wall space because of the large opening to the living room off to the left and the stairs to the second floor, on the right.
I started out with a soft, orange/gold toned glaze.
Next, I used Cutting Edge Stencils, Anna Damask pattern. This was a stencil design I had not used before, so was eager to try. What I always love about their stencils is the "topper" piece included with these all over repeat patterns, making the ceiling line much easier to stencil. This short topper piece eliminates the experience of the larger stencil folding over and resting on your head while you attempt to stencil right up to the top of the wall. My hair truly appreciates being glaze free!
This stencil works up quickly, as it is a one overlay. I used a gold metallic paint, mixed with a little glaze. Well, to be honest, I mixed it with Bella Magic, which is one of my favorite products. I have been mixing it in with just about every product I use these days. I may even try it in my coffee. No, just kidding... but it does greatly improve the application of plasters when troweling and paints when stenciling. I buy it from Kathy Carroll over at Faux by Kathy. It does not seem to be listed on her site anymore, but if you call and ask for it, they will help you.
A little side note... While I was stenciling these walls, I was very, very close to running out of the gold paint. I kept thinning with the Bella Magic because I needed to finish these walls that day and there was no source anywhere near for the gold I was using. By the time I finished, the jar was so clean it looked like I had washed it out! Don't do as I do. Buy more paint than you need. I tend to do this with gas too. I rarely fill up until the light comes on in my car, and even then, I'll drive for quite a few miles before pulling into a gas station. I guess I like living on the edge.
This picture really does do the finish justice, as it shows the metallic paint with it's subtle glow. The glaze underneath is also very subdued, just giving the walls a little depth and movement.
There are two large door openings on one side, so I wrapped the pattern around onto the face of the each opening.
Now, when you enter this home, you are greeted by warm and welcoming walls, vs. the previous look. It makes you want to come in and see what else is going on in this house!