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Perfectly Imperfect: Decorating with Patina & Stencils

In design, “patina” refers to a weathered or tarnished finish on an item.  Old or antique decorative objects often have a patina to them – which is what makes them so special.  Newer decorative items are sometimes treated to accelerate the appearance of patina on the surface to make the object seem older than it actually is.

Embrace the aging process by adding weathered metals to your home design! Weathered objects or items with patina can be used in homes of all styles – from the very traditional to contemporary.  Mix them with newer decor to create a beautiful contrast of textures that play against one another. For example, shiny modern items look fantastic when placed next to weathered ones with history. This decorating style creates a richly layered aesthetic that emphasizes endurance, timelessness, and authenticity. It creates a story for your home that can be visually told. No need to clean up those old, inherited pieces; enjoy their patina and display them proudly!

With Modern Masters patina products, you can transform any paintable surface into a beautiful patina finish in minutes. Need proof? Rather than waiting for these decorative pieces to age, they have been treated with oxidizing patina products and Royal Design Studio stencils. And, voila! Here are some pretty pattered patina projects…

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

Debbie Hayes decorated some flower pots to go on her stenciled table top. She used Royal Design Studio’s Alhambra Ornament Craft StencilRoyal Stencil Crème in Copper, and Modern Masters Metal Effects products to create the look of aged blue and green patina. This designer look is easy to replicate by following the full DIY tutorial: Stencil DIY: Gorgeous Patina Flower Pots.

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

You can literally show that your house is indeed your home with this outdoor HOME wall art stencil project!  Ali Kay of Positive Space loves the look of stencils and Modern Masters patina products  so she decided to take on a personal project for her own home. See the full DIY wall art tutorial on how to make your space a little more “home”-y with wall letters.

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

You know that gorgeous patina furniture that you’ve been eyeing, swooning and drooling over at the store that has a silence inducer price tag? Well, what if we told you that you can create a piece just like that but for a fraction of the cost? Psst… you can, and we’re going to show you how! Our Furniture Stencils , Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan, and Modern Masters Metal Effects Collection pair perfectly to create the beautiful look of time-worn patina finishes. This DIY idea is a quick and easy option without all the fuss and deterioration that comes with the passage of time: DIY Furniture Makeover Series: Rust Finish, Stencil Grille, and Distressed Chalk Paint.

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

It’s hard to believe that is NOT carved fret work… that’s the Mansion House Grille Trellis Stencil and Modern Masters Inc. patina products! Susan Anspach & Karen Allen knew they HAD TO HAVE the patina finish that Royal Design Studio shared in this VIDEO tutorial: DIY Furniture Makeover Series: Rust Finish, Stencil Grille, and Distressed Chalk Paint. And holy moly this ceiling design is amazing!!

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky combined pattern and patina for her bathroom makeover- but instead of the walls, she stenciled her cabinet doors. Using Modern Masters Metal Effects and custom vinyl Modello® stencils (EasAll 109 Stencil), she created a unique rustic patina that tied together the elegant look of the space. For the full tutorial including how to apply vinyl Modello® stencils and how to create the patina look, check out How to Stencil a Rustic Patina Pattern on Bathroom Cabinets.

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

Paint in Thyme stenciled her RV cabients with the Arabesque Moroccan Stencil and used Modern Masters patina products to create the beautiful rust finish. She says, “We now have the best dressed RV is America!”

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

Boring bathroom be gone thanks to Royal Design Studio’s Donatella Damask Wall StencilLeanne Swetlik used Modern Masters iron paint, used silver to stencil the walls, and activated the iron so it rusted. This patina wall finish beautifully warms up the space!

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

To create a rustic luxe look in your home, we suggest blending a patina finish with a shiny metallic paint. Debbie used Modern Masters Metal Finishes  Rust Patina products to finish this living room screen with a natural rusted surface. Then, to give it an upscale contemporary flair, she let the Esperanza Lace Tile Stencil shine with the help of Modern Masters metallic paint after giving the rust 2 finish coats. You could also consider using our Royal Stencil Creme paints as a perfect alternative. Be sure to check our recent How to Stencil post on Creating a Rust Patina Finish for yourself.

Perfectly Imperfect: DIY Decorating Ideas with Patina & Royal Design Studio Stencils

This is a fun stenciled wall finish that allows you to paint outside the lines! The stencilistas over at Royal Design Studio combined various colors of metal leaf and a floral pattern stencil with random geometric shapes to create a fabulous look for a feature wall. Read the full decorative painting tutorial here: How to Stencil a Floral Accent Wall Finish.

 

The pairing of lustrous patina materials with a stencil design is a fast way to make your home to look effortlessly timeless and richly layered. Let us know in the comments how you’ve played around with patina products and give your home decor a story of its own!

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