Stencil Ideas for Decorating a Baby's Room

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Stencil Ideas for Decorating a Baby's Room
You can decorate your baby's nursery in a variety of ways. (at the nursery image by Eric Isselée from

Consider many different ways to decorate a baby's room, including using stencils to paint designs on the walls. Stencil ideas for boy's rooms, girl's rooms and gender-neutral rooms depend on your needs. Stencils are designs printed on solid materials that simplify the painting process by creating a specific image that you can trace or paint directly onto the wall.

Abstract Stenciling

Simple and abstract designs can liven up a baby's room or nursery without requiring a lot of intricacy. Stencil designs like clouds, moons and stars work well because they are gender neutral and the child can grow up with them. Stencil a border of stars and moons around the room, and stencil clouds onto the ceiling. Create a whimsical mural of stars and clouds on a dominant wall with a single large-size moon serving as the focal point.

Girl's Designs

For a girl's room, suitable ideas include flowers, polka dots, hearts, bows and other simple designs. Choose soft, feminine colours like pink, apricot, yellow and purple and alternate these colours throughout the room. You can polka dot the entire room in pink and yellow with purple and apricot hearts running around the room in a border. Another idea is to paint the room in a soft colour, and use bolder, darker shades of the same colour to create a border of hearts or flowers around the room.

Boy's Designs

Choose a suitable boy theme such as trucks, construction, aeroplanes, nautical or army, and paint the room in a soft base colour that coordinates. Border the room with stencils that match this theme. For example, border the room in alternating clouds and aeroplanes, and stencil clouds onto the ceiling for an aeroplane theme. To create a truck and car theme, stencil a street all the way around the room and stencil cars and trucks intermittently over the top. Stencil waves as a border around the room, and add colourful ships to create a nautical theme.

Quotes and Words

Many stencils are available that spell out specific quotes, or you can buy individual letter stencils and spell out anything you wish. Stencil your favourite quote onto the wall next to an appropriate accompanying image, such as stars and a moon stencilled alongside the "Twinkle Twinkle" poem. Few limits exist to what you can say or spell out when stencilling with letter stencils. Plan your words out carefully to avoid misspellings along the way.

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