Stencilling a floor is a creative way to change the look of your rooms. Clean and paint concrete or wooden floors with a base colour, then use stencils to add a second element to your floor design. Create your own stencils by drawing and cutting out templates from cardboard or contact paper. Alternatively, purchase stencils from a craft or home improvement store. Just tape them in place and get stencilling. For a cohesive look, take the stencils up the baseboards and along the wall.
Use an Australian outback scheme on your floor. Mimic Aboriginal cave paintings by using your hand and a boomerang as the stencils for this project. Cover your hand with a rubber glove and spray paint over it with burnt orange paint. Lay a boomerang flat and similarly paint over the image. Make cardboard stencils with images of lizards and snakes and paint a coordinating colour (neutrals work well) using a brush. This stencil design works well for a boy's room or patio.
Stencil your floors to look like rock or stone. Make a large template to get a paver stone look. Work the paver stones in a grid beginning in one corner and working outward. For a less uniform appearance use single rock templates in varying sizes. Paint a large rock pattern then place a small rock pattern next to it. Swap back and forth between the small and the large rocks templates until the floor is completely covered. Alternatively, stencil brick or tile images. Traditional reds or browns make the most realistic brick images. Alternate your faux brick pattern by rotating the stencil 90 degrees. This technique gives stencilled flooring a patchwork brick look.
Stencil a garden path on the floor of a porch or outdoor room. Make the path a bit crooked. Paint on white stones and use sponges with black or dark green paint to make them look weathered. Add vines and greenery to the flooring with green paint. Take the vine stencils up the walls for an interesting garden path look.
Incorporate some history to your home by adding historically accurate stencils to your floor. American colonists could not afford to put rugs in every room. To dress up plain flooring, they painted interesting borders and images directly onto the floor. Make your floor look like an oriental rug by using various colour paints in an interlocking design. For instance, paint a large centred compass on your floor using natural colours such as tan and brown, or create circular figures to border the room with larger circles in the centre of the floor.
Give your floor a mosaic look. Add tiny blocks of colour to your flooring to create a larger design. Keep your pattern simple by using a mosaic template. You don't have to stick with a square or circle mosaic, either. A fan-shaped template can add a striking visual interest to floors. Transfer the mosaic template onto the floor in the centre of the room or by working the template repeatedly over the floor. Mix blues, browns, red and orange tiles for a Mediterranean look. Add brighter reds, greens and yellows for a Latin-inspired mosaic.
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