Some Handy Tips for Your Next Wall Stenciling Project

Stencils can be a game-changer in decorating a space. We consider painting patterns and wall-papers to make our walls look good, but that costs us a good amount of money. On the other hand, if we consider using stencils, it will probably cost you only a hundred dollars! The cost may go up a bit depending on the area of the space you want to stencil but not by a significant amount. And you can play with different designs from the various stencil patterns available in the market. All you would need are good paint(s), a roller, a paintbrush, and painter’s tape. Choose the design that you think will make your walls a work of art. Before going ahead with your stenciling project, you can try out the pattern on a spare space to be sure of the design. Here are some tips that might come in handy while stenciling your wall. 

Opt for good quality paint

The quality of the paint that you will choose for the project will be responsible for the outcome of the whole thing. It can make or break it. Chalk paint sometimes backfires as it may bleed through the edges of the stencil, and it might mess up everything. Using crème-based stencil paints may be a good idea as they are oil-based paints and do not drip. They are widely available in various colors. Even you get metallic hues these days. If you are confident enough, you can also go ahead and try mixing colors to create a unique shade. 

Choosing a pattern

What looks beautiful may not turn out so good after application. To be on the safer side, you can get a French stencil pattern. Most of these have a vintage look. If you can use your creative mind, you can take full advantage of stenciling on any surface of your choice. You can also buy patterns resembling wallpapers, quotes, Persian, Chinese, etc. designs and decorate the wall. Try to avoid using geometric patterns if you are doing it for the first time. Go for something abstract so that even if you make a mistake, people will not be able to point it out. 

Less is more

It is not what we are suggesting. When you open your stencil, you will find the same instruction on the ‘how to’ sheet attached with the product. You must always remember this while using it. Once you dip your brush in the paint, wipe the excess on the side of the lid. To be extra cautious, you can also use a paper towel to remove the excess paint. If you don’t do this, your paint might bleed underneath the stencil, and all your hard work will be ruined. 

Try painting in a circular motion

If you paint using a circular motion, you will cover all the corners of the pattern. Try doing it, and see the result.

Give time for drying in between sections

Many might argue that it is not necessary. But it’s important for the first-timers because there might be traces of paint on the backside of the stencil. While re-positioning, the wet paint might mess up things. 


By following these tips, you will surely create the most beautiful wall in your room. All the best with your project!