Birch Trees on walls has been very big this year. We have seen it done with various expensive wallpapers and wall decals. They are quick and easy to freehand or stencil and can be customized to fit a particular space.
Last year I experimented with some Birch Trees on a wall in my living room. I love bringing a little piece of the outdoors, right inside my house!
I did these Birch Trees in a very small Powder Room as part of the Cambridge House Project (see yesterday’s post). I drew the trees on two opposing walls, with a brown watercolor pencil. I then used a brown water based paint and liner brush to execute the trees. Some trees were done in a lighter brown, thinning the paint more with water, to achieve some depth. This is a very, very small room. You are seeing the entire width of the room here, maybe 4′ wide.
A closer look. Because it is such tight quarters in this room, it was very hard to get a good shot!
This is the opposite wall. It looks unfinished in the center because a long mirror will be mounted here, the width of the sink. The only wall space that will be seen once the mirror is mounted, will be to the left and right of the sink, floor to ceiling. The base of the mirror will come about 1" above the owls head.
A few days after I completed this project, I got a call from my good friend and fellow decorative painter, Chris Smith, telling me she had a Birch Tree project to do for a client of hers. Here is her beautiful interpretation!
If you are not inclined to freehand some trees, Helen Morris over at the Stencil Library has a wonderful Bare Trees stencil design that can be custom ordered to the size you need.