Using Stencils to Decorate

by Karen Bates
(last updated May 26, 2014)

Once in a while, people consider the idea of changing the way certain rooms in the house look. Redecorating, painting, moving furniture, or buying new furnishings are some ways that you can change the appearance of areas in your home. Of course, if you are looking for a more serious change, you could look into remodeling parts of your house.

You should remember, however, that making a change to your home's interior does not have to cost a lot or be a big hassle. In fact, it can be as simple as some paint and a stencil or two.

Using stencils to decorate in your house is the perfect way to get a fresh new look, and it's not a difficult task to accomplish. Stencils can be used to add flair to walls, furniture, decorations, arts and crafts, and more to create a personalized and unique touch.

Decorative stencils come in many varieties, so you are certain to find a design that works well for you. You can choose or create stencils with images, or even letters so you can decorate your walls or crafts with words and phrases. You can also stencil walls to look like wallpaper has been applied by covering a large area with your design, or you might opt for a smaller area to stencil such as a border. Furniture can be given new life by adding some fun stencils to the surface area. You can also create art for your walls by using stencils on canvas or paper, and you can embellish many other decorations and craft projects with some stencils and paint.

Applying a stencil design to an area in your home only takes a few basic supplies. First, you will need paint (acrylic works well) in whatever colors you like. Then, you can either create or purchase stencils to use. You can find these at craft stores, or browse through a wide variety online. Once you have your stencils, use a stencil brush on a carefully positioned stencil to apply it to the surface. You might want to use an adhesive to help keep the stencil firmly in place. While applying the stencil, you can try different methods like painting with a sponge instead of a brush to achieve a certain textured look. You can also try stippling with the paint, or even just painting around the edges for an interesting effect. When you are finished applying the stencils, thoroughly wash the brushes and stencils to ensure they will be clean for future use.

You can experiment with different ways of applying stencils to get certain effects. Try various kinds of sponges and brushes, or mess around with fun brush strokes to create a whole different look. Test your ideas on paper first so you can see just how the stencil will look before putting it on another surface.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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