Create Wall Drama With Stencils

A very inexpensive way to create wall drama is through the use of stencils.  Your biggest investment will be your time but the results are well worth it. 

Good heavens!  A beautifully, dramatic bathroom.  Isn't that wall stencil in metallic gold on a slate blue absolutely gorgeous?  Get the picture?  I'm not here to talk about those cute little ivy stencils of days past.  Computer software and laser-cutting technology enables artists to design and create intricate, and affordable stencils, that allows all of us to easily stencil our walls in dramatic ways.  The key words here are "easily" and "dramatic" and of course "affordable."  You can now enjoy designs even on a small budget and a few fun evenings, or days.  Often you can get inspirations, purchase stencils, instructions, and supplies all from the same place.  You don’t even have to burn gasoline, just some time on the internet—perhaps with coffee and a scone or even dinner.  You can easily match and coordinate your stencil colors with your hard and soft furnishings and décor accessories. 

Found on Pinterest

Found on Pinterest

The wall in this beautiful bedroom doesn't really look like a stencil application but a gold metallic wall paper.  But I strongly suggest, the dark blue circular pattern is a stencil.  Now that's a wonderful idea, embellish a solid color wall paper with a stencil overlay.

Discovered on Building Moxie article on Stencil Design:: The Stencil Revival

Discovered on Building Moxie article on Stencil Design:: The Stencil Revival

From Kristen F. Davis Designs, independent decorative painter

From Kristen F. Davis Designs, independent decorative painter

This image was posted on Pinterest by Modern Masters, supplier of specialty paints such as metallics.  The contributor described the technique for the stencil above:

Decorative Artist Leslie Redshaw of Unfauxgettable Interiors mixed Modern Masters Metal Effects, Venetian plaster and our Metallic Paints for a unique stenciled wall finish!
— Modern Masters

The take away from the above image and note from Modern Masters is that if stenciling isn't something you don't want to do, remember you can always hire an experienced faux and stencil wall painter.  I've had the pleasure of once hiring such a person.  She was delight to work with and did a fabulous faux on an otherwise boring foyer.

Found on Chinoiserie Chic blog under the post "The Pretty Girl Wall"  Oh please, you've got to see the collection.

Found on Chinoiserie Chic blog under the post "The Pretty Girl Wall"  Oh please, you've got to see the collection.

I absolutely adore the above stencil wall and gallery!

I'll end here for now with one of my favorite places for purchasing stencils, Cutting Edge Stencils.  I've watched this company grow over the years and they just keep getting better and better.  They're on my wish list.  And now that I'm in the planning stages for decorating my lovely downsizing apartment, I know I have a wall or two to do.  That aside, check out this muriel wall stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

From Cutting Edge Stencil, a muriel wall stencil

From Cutting Edge Stencil, a muriel wall stencil

In short, you can create fabulous wall drama using stencils.  Limitations are based on imagination and desire!   I give some general information on how to apply stencils; include a short list of resources; and end with a brief history of stencils in Part II Create Wall Drama With Stencils.

(*Part of this post is a re-post from Annsliee-Blogs, a now retired blog.)

Do you have stencil story to tell?  Oh, please do!