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How to Stencil a Wall


When it comes to designing a room, one of the most important elements to focus on is the walls. From the paint color, artwork hanging on it, even down to the texturing, it is a key feature to any room that can either make it stand out, or fall flat. One of the oldest ways to make a wall really stand out is through the use of wallpaper. Unfortunately for wallpaper, it is a trend that has somewhat gone out of style in the more recent years, and now home owners are looking for alternative routes to adding some style and flair to a room. If you are looking to really make a wall stand out, but aren't wanting to go for the outdated wallpaper route, a stencil option is a fantastic alternative.

While the stencil may be a sightly more tedious option when spicing up a wall, it is also an easier way to add some style as you can do it yourself. One of the toughest decisions to make when going for the stencil option is which pattern is going to fit your room the best and meet your wants and needs. When selecting the right stencil for your room, the number one rule you should follow is if you really love it and will be able to live with it.

Another important element to take into account is how will the stencil adequately fit the room you are doing it in. Will the stencil match your bedding or couch, lighting fixtures, throw pillows or blankets, chairs, and anything else in the room? While trendy may be fun in the moment, choosing something that will truly stand the test of time is the more important decision in the long run.

Once you have officially decided on the right stencil pattern for you and are ready to tackle the job yourself, there are a few important things you will need to take into account and focus on. Make sure your stencil is secured to your wall with some high quality painter's tape and be sure your brush never has too much paint on it before you go to work. Lighter is better when starting out, as you can go back over it and make it darker.

When you are stenciling, sometimes it can be easier to start out in the middle of the wall, before removing the stencil and working your way out to the corners. If you do happen to paint outside of the stencil, simply use a wet cloth to wipe off the excess paint right away, or put extra painters tape around the edges of the stencil itself.

If you are ready to tackle this project on your own, be sure to follow these simple tips to create the coolest wall in your whole home!

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