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How to wall stencil like a designer

How to wall stencil like a designer

Do you want to be more creative with your room, but not sure how? The answer might be wall stencilling. We spoke to interior designer Kelly Jones, who shared with us her best tips for how to get your design from paper to wall.

Stencilling is where you either use tape or cut holes into paper to create a design. Then, using paint, you cover these holes to get your chosen design onto a surface. Here’s how to give it a go:

  1. Paint your wall the base colour you would like to see under your design. Let the wall dry before starting the next step.
  2. Using frog tape you can tape out your design on the wall. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look quite right the first time. The tape is easy to remove so you can get experimental and tweak the tape until your design is exactly how you want it. Tape is best if you want to have a design across an entire wall.
  3. You could also cut out a stencil on paper if you would like a smaller pattern for just part of the wall. Once your stencil is how you want it, you can use the frog tape to stick it onto the wall in the place you want it.
  4. Now your design is in place you can start colouring in the gaps! With a different shade of paint to your base colour start filling in the gaps. Depending on how you would like your wall to look, you can use as many colours as you like!
  5. Once your paint has dried it is now time to carefully remove the frog tape or paper. Then you can step back and enjoy your newly designed wall.

There is also no rule saying you can only stencil on walls. Furniture with large surface areas, like wooden tables and drawer tops, can be stencilled on too. If you would like more of a challenge you could even stencil on smaller areas, like drawer fronts.

For stencilling on furniture you can just follow the same process as if you were stencilling on a wall. Paint your base coat, tape out your pattern (or stick on your paper stencil) and start painting those gaps! 

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