I love stencils and use them in a lot of my designs. But did you know stenciling is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to bring personality into your home?
Stencils work with any style and at any capacity. So you can start small with a single template on a chair or stool, or expand patterns throughout your home on the walls and floors. The options are seriously endless, but here are some ideas I like…
In the bedroom try starting with something small like you headboard or bedside table. Use a pencil and yardstick when you first sketch your designs to make sure the patterns are neat and straight. Then you can fill in the details with colorful paint.
Here’s an example from one of my Extreme Makeover projects. I first designed this template and chose a color palette that complimented my vision for the room. Then painted in the details… patience is required for intricate designs!
Notice that we used a similar style template for the walls… that brings me to the next idea: create a stenciled accent wall! Try something simple to start. Use painter’s tape and trace stripes or a chevron pattern onto a wall, then paint on your pop of color!
Or you can create your own template to bring a new theme into your design. They can be as intricate or as simple as you’d like and once you have the template cut, it’s easy to fill them in. This one is called the love letter room.
Dressers are a great canvas for stenciling, too. Try to draw inspiration for your template from the object itself. Modern pieces deserve clean lines, traditional patterns work for vintage items, that sort of thing.
Stenciled motifs also give floors an easy style update at a fraction of the cost. Instead of spending tons of money on custom flooring, spruce up boring hardwood or tiles with your own precut stencils that alternate in size. Tape off your patterns and paint with a bold color for a really unique effect.
Fabric paint is great for stenciling your textiles. Everything from pillows and blankets to drapes and rugs can be refreshed with a quick paint job.
Most people don’t think of windows as a canvas for creativity, but stenciling glass is another awesome way to personalize your space. Pick a pattern or symbolic word to etch into a smaller surface. Try to avoid going overboard! And if you don’t know how to etch glass, this tutorial from Martha Stewart is helpful.
Basically, your entire home can be a canvas for your creativity. So if you’re having trouble bringing a little bit of you into your space, start with stencil motifs.
What stencil motifs do you love? Leave your inspiration in the comments below.