Ideas for decorating walls with stencils

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Ideas for decorating walls with stencils
Wall stencils add decor to your wall inexpensively. (geometrical figures image by amlet from

Wall stencils can add interest and decor to your walls without the hassle or cost of other finishing processes. Stencils allow you to tailor the design to your taste and lifestyle, unlike wallpaper that must be searched through to find a workable pattern.

Words on the Wall

Add wording to your walls with letter stencils and a paint colour that complements the accents of your decor. Spell out inspirational words like "love," "hope," "family" or "happiness." Consider spelling out a verse of your favourite poem, or song as well. Spell out your family's last name or first names in children's or teens' rooms. There are many types of font styles and sizes available at craft and home interior stores.

Custom Borders

Create a custom border on your wall without having to deal with the frustrations of wallpaper. Choose a single stencil shape, or a combination of a few shapes to paint around the top of the wall or chair rail height of your room. Measure the distance between each shape to maintain consistent spacing for a professional look. Use different colours of paint and alternate between them, or use a single colour that complements the decor in your room.

Fool-Proof Wall Mural

Create a mural with several different stencils that follow the same style or theme. For a child's room, hand-paint a toy box on the centre of the wall and use stencils of toys all around the toy box. Use camouflage stencils to create a simple mural for teenage boys who are interested in the armed forces. Use stencils of butterflies, hearts, shoes and other accessories for a teenage girl's room. For a country-themed kitchen, paint a rolling green hill and use barn, horse and cow stencils to complete the mural. Use simple geometric shapes in colours that contrast the main wall colour for a modern look.

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