Stenciling is no longer reserved for accenting moldings. Try covering an entire room in delicate stencils applied with muted tones. The results are stunning and wallpaper-esque, with the added bonus that you can paint over it if you want to change it later.
If you have the time and the desire to outfit a room with knockout style, then this paint project is for you. Begin by making your own stencil. Then cover the wall in the pattern with several layers of paint. Though the application might take a bit of planning, it's really is just a three-part process: Stencil through the pattern layers, add a few hand-painted details, then finish with a glaze wash.