August 24, 2010

Wall Art: Why Stencils Are Greener Than Decals

Last week I shared some of my favorite green wallpaper designers, but for those who want something less permanent and all-encompassing (and pricey!), here's another option: wall stencils. The ones shown here are from Cutting Edge Stencils, and although the stencils themselves are made of plastic, I think they are a much greener option than vinyl wall decals for several reasons:

  • They're healthier: Not only is the production and disposal of vinyl toxic to the environment, but it also releases chemicals that may be particularly harmful to children. As much as I like the designs offered by some vinyl decal producers, I'd rather keep my home and planet safe!
  • They're reusable: Admittedly, some decals are reusable, too, but after awhile they stop looking so pristine and eventually you have to throw them away. Plus, you can only place a decal in one location while a stencil can be reused to create layered looks or patterns. Instead of throwing the stencil away when you're done, you can keep it for a future project, lend it to a friend, or give it away on Craigslist.
  • You can play with color: A decal can't change its color, but a stencil offers unlimited possibilities. Remember to use an eco-friendly, low- or no-VOC paint! (My favorite brand is Mythic.)

Finally, a painted design looks much more elegant than a sticker, don't you think?

Have you used wall stencils in your home? Do you have any painting tips or favorite designers?

Pictured: Cutting Edge Stencils' Clematis Branch, Anemone Grande, Bon Appetit, Fern Leaves

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