As I was looking through some pictures of Victorian rooms, I remembered some stenciling I'd done. This technique, I felt, would be a perfect way to add color and pattern to our plain walls, and it would cost very little.
PHOTO: CATHY JOHNSON
Once the stencils are decided upon, it's time to choose the paint. If the surface to be decorated is varnished or coated with an oil-based enamel, you'll need to use an oil-based stencil paint. Otherwise I'd suggest buying acrylic stencil paints because cleanup will be easier and they smell better, too.
In a larger room, I like to use several designs, making sure they're all compatible and that the colors either match or harmonize.
I selected my designs with two criteria in mind: They should be to scale in each room and should enhance the Victorian character of the house.