Ed Roth's stencil designs offer an updated and more personalized alternative to wallpaper. (Photo: Stencil 1)
Stencil designer Ed Roth knows how to add punch to just about any space with paint and stencils.
Yep, stencils. But banish those thoughts of the country geese or ivy on the walls at your aunt’s house. Instead, think mod patterns, vintage cars, headphones, boom boxes, barn owls and high-heeled shoes.
And maybe send a thank-you note to Ed Roth. He’s brought these designs and more to the world through his Brooklyn-based company, Stencil 1. Inspired by street and graffiti art, Roth’s stencils are fun, eclectic and just the thing to add a big dose of style to your home. Stencils make it easy to put your personal stamp on just about any surface: floors, walls, furniture, refrigerators, pillows and more.
“It’s addictive once you get started with it,” says Roth, author of several stencil books including “Stencil 101” and “Stencil 101 Decor” from Chronicle Books. “I’m giving you a tool, and you’ll be able to use it to draw. There’s a great feeling of accomplishment.”
Ready to start? Roth shared a few of his projects with us along with some tips for mastering the stenciling process.