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In Search Of The Perfect Stencil (or Other Wall Treatment)

Last Updated on December 25, 2015 by Kristi Linauer

I’ve searched…and searched…and searched for a stencil for my utility closet, and I simply cannot find one that just knocks my socks off.

There are plenty that I really like.  For example, this Nagoya allover small scale design from Cutting Edge Stencils is one of my favorites:

stencil from cutting edge nagoya small scale

And of course I love this Rabat allover small scale stencil, but I think the problem with this one is that it looks like a hundred other stencils I’ve seen used lately all over the blogosphere:

stencil from cutting edge rabat small scale

I have absolutely loved this stencil from Royal Design Studio ever since I saw it used at Peacock Pavilions.  This pattern is called Skylar’s Lace.  But I’m afraid it’s too busy for such a small space like the one I have.

stencil from royal design studio skylars lace

Of course, these aren’t the only ones I’ve considered.  I’ve looked again and again at these two websites, in addition to a couple of others, for the perfect stencil.

I think there are two things holding me back.  First, stencils seem to be everywhere right now.  I think I want something different.  Second, I have such a tiny space to make a big visual impact.  I’m just afraid that these stencils—even the “small scale” stencils—will be too big to make any kind of design statement in my utility closet.

Then I remembered a room that I pinned on Pinterest recently with a wall treatment that I absolutely LOVE.  And since it doesn’t require a stencil, I could scale it to whatever size I need for my closet.  It’s timeless.  It’s classic.  It’s…

argyle wall treatment


I love this!  I also like that I don’t have to purchase a stencil (which may or may not end up working for my tiny space), and that all I need is painters tape (which I already have plenty of), and that I could use any combination of colors.

Every time I thought I found a stencil that I really liked, I would come back to this picture, and I liked it so much more.  So I think I’m gonna go for it!

Do you like argyle as much as I do?  Or does it remind you of a sweater (or pair of socks) you owned in the 80s?

Edit:  I just realized that my blog design even indicated how much I love argyle!  My blog banner has an argyle background.  The separator between posts is a strip of argyle.  Yep, it’s meant to be.


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    October 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    How fun!  Can't wait to see your wall!

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    Kristi's Mom
    October 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I think you should do it like you did your bedroom wall in Oregon, alternating between the glossy and flat paints in the same color.  That would be pretty in a small area.

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    October 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    I love the argyle!  It would be perfect.  I love it in this bedroom as well.

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    October 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    That is a great picture – can't wait to see the closet.

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    Barb T
    October 20, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I just bookmarked a tutorial for an argyle felt pillow this morning!  I might even try this paint treatment in my powder room.  I had looked at stencil designs too and, like you, the ones I love, I see everywhere…    You go first with the painting and let me know how it works out!

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    Meredith Resnick
    October 20, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I think argyle is a great idea for a wall.  I can't wait to see how it comes out!
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking   Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking… 

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    A Creative Spirit
    October 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I love argyle and I LOVED my argyle sweater… and aren't they in again???

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    I think so.  I sure HOPE so!!  😀

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    October 21, 2011 at 3:05 am

    Hi Kristi, I liked Skylar's lace the best, but I agree it may be to busy….what about free handing a large floral pattern similar to Skylars lace, but a little less busy…I know you could do (Kristi can do anything!:)

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    Melissa Birchfield
    October 21, 2011 at 3:23 am

    I am with you.  I love argyle!!!!  Go for it! I am sure it will be great!

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    October 21, 2011 at 3:28 am

    I am with you.  I love argyle!!!  Go for it.  I know it will be great!

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    Erin @ How to Nest for Less
    October 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    LOVE the argyle!!