Asked on Aug 19, 2012

Which pattern would you choose?

Karen DunnamAnita shullJcraw


I want to paint the wall behind my china hutch. I am thinking about using one of these stencils but I'm not sure which one. I would really appreciate a little help deciding :)
Stencil 1
Living room, behind wall that china hitch is on but still pretty open to each other.
The other side of the dining room.
Stencil 2
stencil 3
All three
46 answers
  • Myra @
    on Aug 19, 2012

    I love the paisley or the more geometric one. :)

  • 3po3
    on Aug 19, 2012

    The paisley (No. 1) is definitely my favorite.

  • Z
    on Aug 19, 2012

    I prefer the paisley too. Though I do like the iron lattice too the paisley calls to me.

  • Donna R
    on Aug 19, 2012

    Are you painting the wall a different color or are you stenciling over the red? Also, are you just doing one accent wall like this?

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Aug 19, 2012

    I like the middle one the others seem too busy for me

  • Helena @ Design Wotcha!
    on Aug 19, 2012

    whilst i love the geometric one - it has moroccan tendencies and that doesn't seem to sit well with the baskets and scallop detail on your hutch (which are more country inspired) so my vote would be the paisley...

  • Becky E
    on Aug 19, 2012

    Casting my vote for paisley.

  • Taunnie
    on Aug 19, 2012

    Hi Donna, I added another picture showing the rest of my dining room. It's beige. I am thinking about either painting over the red (yes, it's an accent wall) with the brown and stenciling the beige on top or maybe painting the wall beige and stenciling the brown on top. I think I'll add another picture of my living room where the brown is so it makes more sense. Anyway thanks for your help :)

  • Becky (J) P
    on Aug 19, 2012

    paisley first choice, lattice second. (and I don't even like Paisley!)

  • Donna R
    on Aug 19, 2012

    Well, I won't be much help because I can't decide between stencil 1 or 3. I like them both. I would paint the wall beige and stencil with the brown. I think it would show up better than putting a light over a dark paint. On either stencil, I'm not sure I would stencil the whole design. Maybe pick out the main design and leave off some of the smaller stencil openings around it. If that makes sense. Especially on stencil 3. I love both your dining room and your living room. Love the warm colors and how comfortable the rooms look. It would be neat if you could tie a couple pillows in your living with the chosen stencil design. I like the checked material in your dining room and that will look good with stencil 1 or 3.

  • Miriam I
    on Aug 20, 2012

    Geometric one. Lol, I don't think you are going to get one answer, it's a matter of taste. Which one do you love?

  • Ellen H
    on Aug 20, 2012

    I think the paisley looks best with your furniture and decor. My second choice is #3. I think the Moroccan one is inconsistent with your furniture style (it would also drive me crazy to look at it, but of course, that is totally irrelevant, since it's not my house, lol).

  • Taunnie
    on Aug 20, 2012

    Thanks for your help everyone! I asked my husband for his opinion and he said he liked the one I liked (Yes, that answer is what I like to hear LOL! But seriously, sometimes I have trouble making up my mind and would like a second opinion). Now I'm going to mix things up a little (cause sometimes I'm a pain in the behind). I took Donna's suggestion and made some samples with a beige background and brown stenciling. I'm going to put up the new pics tomorrow. Again thanks everyone, I really appreciate your help!

  • Z
    on Aug 20, 2012

    What a lovely home Taunnie. I'm sticking with the paisley even more so after seeing those pictures.

  • Sherry R
    on Aug 20, 2012

    I like Geometric one first, then paisley.

  • Bernice H
    on Aug 20, 2012

    Stencil no. 2, I agree, not too busy..well, now that i look at them all, I think I like the paisley better...hmmm glad this is not my problem!

  • My Wonderful Walls
    on Aug 28, 2013

    Did you pick? Would love to see pics of the completed room.

  • Taunnie
    on Aug 29, 2013

    Thanks so much for answering for me Becky :). I haven't had a chance to get online all day.

  • Pam Kaiser
    on Aug 29, 2013

    I love anything with paisley design. But it is so large and busy, if you use it you might want to have just a subtle change in color Maybe you need to make some samples using the colors you are planning.

  • My Wonderful Walls
    on Aug 29, 2013

    Thanks Becky!

  • Lorre Hopkins
    on Oct 7, 2014

    First one. The other two will look chopped off in the sections you'll be using them for.

  • Sharon Russell
    on Oct 7, 2014

    I agree with Ms. Hopkins, and also with Ellen H. I think it will compliment your room rather than distract from it. :)

  • Anette Maldonado
    on Oct 7, 2014

    I like the first one too :)

  • Rose
    on Oct 8, 2014

    Number 2 not so busy.

  • Nana in Texas
    on Mar 2, 2015

    I live the paisley. I'm not overly fond of geometrics in any use, and I think the top option is too busy. At least for my taste. I like the taupe and white contrast for a clean look. But it's hard to argue with whatever you AND your husband like, whichever one that is!

  • Nana in Texas
    on Mar 2, 2015

    Didn't realize I was answering a post that was two years old! Oops!

  • Etoile Aloha
    on Jul 10, 2015

    so what did you choose? Show us the results, please!

  • Lisa Whitaker
    on Jul 10, 2015

    stencil 2... +1 here please as hubby agrees.

  • Tot1723556
    on Aug 27, 2015

    Stencil #1

  • Elaine
    on Mar 9, 2016

    The bottom Morrocan tile look (not the Paisley even though I like Paisley prints) - just think the other is smarter in appearance.

  • Linda
    on Jun 15, 2016

    I like the paisley...interesting. I had the same thought for my hutch. I used an art deco style cotton fabric that I just starched on with liquid starch. When I get tired of it,I can just peel it off wash and do it all over again. Love the paisley.

  • Judy Verble Gafford
    on Jun 24, 2016

    I like the more simple pattern of Stencil 2

  • Bernadette Staal
    on Jul 7, 2016

    I love number 2 - number one is too busy. 2 also allows you the option of colouring in some of the shapes adding additional contrast.

  • Nancy
    on Jul 14, 2016

    I like number 2. At first I started out with liking number 1, but with further thought, choose 2. It seems to go better with the less " frill" look.

  • Rose
    on Jul 16, 2016


  • Susie
    on Jul 16, 2016

    Definitely the paisley!!!

  • Christy bellinger
    on Jul 16, 2016

    I like the second one.

  • Candy Walsh
    on Jul 23, 2016

    I love the paisley, but the Morrocan (#2), would definitely be easier. But either one would look great! Good luck!

  • Suellen Hintz
    on Aug 4, 2016

    Without a doubt, paisley.

  • Karol
    on Aug 6, 2016

    With the morrocan tile look, you will not be happy. I see that the wall is a different color than the other walls and I am imaginig the hutch with this pattern over the front of the red background. You would need to paint the grout of the tile with a darker color so the hutch stands out, if you paint with the grout as white, it will fight with the cabinet. If you like the cabinet and the red wall and want to put white accent or even cream, I suggest going with #1. DEFINETLY NOT the paisley.

  • B. Enne
    on Aug 7, 2016


  • Pam Lewandowski
    on Aug 15, 2016

    OOHHHH!!!! The paisley is gorgeous!!

  • Lori
    on Oct 13, 2016

    Definitely the Paisley!

  • Jcraw
    on Oct 26, 2016

    I love paisley, but in this case, the tile. You have such great accessories that I would be concerned that paisley is too busy, fighting with your stuff.

  • Anita shull
    on Nov 15, 2016

    I like the simplicity of the middle sample I would call lattice. Believe it would be easy to work with as far as any other decorative print anywhere else in the vicinity as long as cokes match or complement each other having said that , your own opinion matters the most and you have wisely put lsrge enough samples on the wall so you canapé d much time observing in different light , etc to help you know on Your heart which one speaks to you. Good luck and don''t forget to show what the final decision Ed and the finished product

  • Karen Dunnam
    on Nov 27, 2016

    Did you know -- you can "photoshop" it and get a better idea of how it will look. There are applications similar to PhotoShop that will allow you to grab a copy of the stencil and place on a picture of the room. Saves a lot of painting time and second-guessing. HTH
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