In the world of seasonal home decor, October offers more inspiration than most months. There are the earthy colors of the changing leaves, the crisp cool air that calls for a warm throw, and, of course, the bright orange pumpkins, which inspire everything from decorations to desserts. But what about October’s other calling card—the signature pink of Breast Cancer Awareness Month? With everybody from flight attendants to the rugged men of the NFL donning the rosy hue to raise awareness, we find ourselves inspired to pair October’s favorite colors—orange and pink—in our own DIY way.
If you didn’t think that orange and pink could go together, then take a lesson from our September/October cover, which was inspired by the “Call Me” video by St. Paul and the Broken Bones. With a miniscule budget, set designer Andrea Richardson put her DIY skills to work and created a graphic, bold design for a honeycomb wall stencil. Rather than shying away from pairing bright colors, she painted the wall pink and then accented it with orange and white. The effect had a Mod, mid-century-inspired feel that makes for a glitzy statement.
So, pair orange and pink? If October can do it, why can’t you? Even more important—here’s to a campaign for improving women’s health and eradicating breast cancer!
To create your own honeycomb wall stencil, here are the step-by-step directions.
HONEYCOMB WALL STENCIL
Project by Andrea Richardson
craft knife ruler
one medium-sized piece of foam core for octagon stencil
blue painter’s tape
foil duct tape
accenting paint colors
1. To create your own stencil, take the piece of foam core and use the ruler and pencil to mark out an octagon the size and proportions of your choice.
2. Use the craft knife to cut out the shape, and you have your stencil.
3. Using a level to ensure that all lines are straight, lay out the pattern on the wall, tracing the shape with a pencil.
4. If you are painting some of the octagons in an accenting color, mark out the space with blue painter’s tape and paint as desired.
5. After the paint dries, cover the pencil lines in foil duct tape for a touch of mod-inspired shine.