Board and Batten Moroccan Feature Wall

What do to when you can't choose between all gorgeous Moroccan wall stencil patterns in our Moroccan wall stencils collection? Well, we think that LA-based decorative artist and interior designer Rachel Goddard of Paint|Design|Decor came up with an ideal decorative solution. In a design project for her own home, Rachel used a variety of Moroccan stencils in a clever "board and batten" wall treatment to  update her son's nursery into little boyhood.

feature wall with Moroccan stencils

Board and Batten walls are all the rage, and they can range from very simply DIY installations of straight-edged boards to more complex treatments such as Rachel's, which features molded edges and mitering that requires more finish carpentry skills. The crisp, white painted boards make beautiful frames for the colorful Moroccan stencils that Rachel did in a limited palette of bright colors. If you were starting a feature wall project like this from scratch you could easily complete your stenciling first on the separate boards, prior to installation-or even directly on the wall if you are simply framing it with the molding for a faux board and batten treatment.

board and batten wall with Moroccan Stencils

How to Get this Look!

  • Choose at least 5 different stencil patterns with a similar theme, but with a VARIETY of scales (some small, some large) for more interest. The stencils used here were: Endless Circles Lattice, Moroccan Key, 8-Pointed Moroccan Stars, MarrakechTrellis, Moorish Fleur de Lis, Moroccan Star Diamonds, Hollywood Squares, Sun Flower, and Lisboa Tile.
  • Stick with a limited color palette and vary the colors used when you repeat the patterns. Note how Rachel paired several shades of neutral gray with bright yellow, red, blue and purple. The gray provides both a calming and unifying effect.
  • Use a good quality latex paint and have sample sizes mixed to provide the perfect amount of paint for this type of stencil project.
  • Leave some negative space to give the eyes a rest. Note how Rachel used solid blocks of color here and there.
  • If Moroccan stencil patterns don't fit your design scheme, consider using a range of our Modern Wall Stencils or Floral Damask Stencils. Mix, match, and have fun!

Rachel has done an amazing array of stencil projects with Royal Design Studio stencils and was one of our Facebook Page Saturday Stencil Stars and feature in this Stencil Star post on Paint + Pattern. Be sure to follow us and keep up with our latest features there!


1 Comment

Leslie C.
Leslie C.

March 26, 2013

This would look great in a slightly smaller scale as well, like in a headboard. Thanks for the inspiration!

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