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Made to Fade! Creative Ombre and Stenciled Surfaces

DIY Trendy Ombre Stenciling | Royal Design Studio Stencils 


The gradated color of ombre paint techniques seem to always be on trend!  Ombre style can be found on any manner of surfaces in fashion and home decor with the shades and tones fading from dark to light or light to dark. Stencil patterns from Royal Design Studio can easily be paired with this colorful surface treatment and the results are no less than spectacular!  Some of our blog friends and favorite stores have jumped in on the popular look -- read on for fab project inspiration!


Homneycomb Ombre Stenciling in Nursery | Royal Design Studio 
Gradient colors can be fun and energetic but also soft and soothing.  Amy from How to Nest for Less used our Honeycomb Allover Wall Stencil and Copper Kettle Stencil Creme to create a dreamy cascade of pattern and coppery gold colors for her little girl's nursery.  Using a stencil brush, she worked with the colors until she had the faded effect she was going for. The results? She loved the sense of movement created with her fab stenciled nursery wall.
Modern Chevron Wall Stencil in Blue Ombre | Royal Design Studio 
This Chevron Ombre Stripe Pattern Tutorial is one of our most popular stencil project pins evah.  Who wouldn't love the gorgeous turquoise colors and the fresh twist on a popular pattern? Plus, the Modern Chevron Wall Stencil how-to post has great tips on make your roller stenciling clean and crispy (as opposed to messy and drippy). Click in to get your ombre on!
DIY Ombre Stenciling Project | Royal Design Studio 
Ombre and Royal Design Studio Stencils are a Lowe's Creative Idea! The popular home improvement store used the Peacock Fancy Stencil pattern in shades of sherbet to create an ombre painted and stenciled room screen. Of course, you can use your fave colors and stencil patterns to create yours.  We think this weekend DIY project is a haute stencil idea!
Have you incorporated an ombre treatment or two into your personal spaces?  As you can see, the colorful ombre finish is super versatile and can be used for a variety of surfaces, including walls, furniture, floors and more. We hope we have your creative juices flowing -- and remember, all it takes is your fave stencil pattern and a few hues to add a whole lot of visual appeal!
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DIY Stencil Project on Paint + Pattern: Our Design Magazine

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Have you seen our shiny new online magazine, Paint and Pattern yet? At Paint + Pattern we are as passionate about combining paint and pattern for DIY and home decorating as you are. Our goal is to inspire, educate, and empower you to use simple techniques with paint and stencils to transform your home into a special space-one that reflects your unique personality, tastes, and talents! Not only that, but we also share the latest trends in style, design and decorative paintings while trying to explore how paint and pattern interact with the broader world of art and design.

For all of 2014, Paint and Pattern intends to focus on a different country each month. We were inspired by the beautiful country of Africa for all of February. Here’s a peek into some of the most amazing stencil project tutorials shared by two of our extremely talented contributors, Debbie Hayes and Deb Trombley. These were shared on Paint and Pattern using Royal Design Studio’s African Inspired Stencil Collection as well as a few other popular stencils.


DIY’s by Deb Trombley of India Pied-e-terre

Deb is a decorator, global style DIYer, painter and photographer. She has a beautiful blog by the name of India pied-e-terre, where she shares her inspiration and the process for designing and decorating. Deb is now a regular contributor for Paint + Pattern, where she shares the most amazing DIY projects ever! Let’s take a peek into a couple of her How-To projects from last month. 

Deb shared the steps for this beautiful afro-chic lampshade using Raven+Lily Tribal Stencil and Square Diamonds Moroccan Stencil. She scouted a plain off-white drum lamp shade and a wooden flower vase from her local stores to create this unique and gorgeous piece of functional stenciled art. To learn more about how you can create your own, see the full DIY post -Stenciling a Tribal Lamp: Can You Beat This Drum Shade?

In another project, she illustrates how to convert a cocktail table from drab to fab using reverse stencil technique in this amazing DIY - Learning to Stencil Backwards: How to Reverse Stencil Glass. She used the Marrakech Medallion Stencil and Royal Stencil Crème Paint by Royal Design Studio to create this beautiful conversational piece of art. 


DIY’s by Debbie Hayes of My Patch of Blue Sky

Debbie is a marketer, photographer and a professional faux finisher with a degree in fine art. She shares her love for design and creativity through her blog ‘My Patch of Blue Sky’.  Debbie is another creative and extremely talented contributor for our online magazine. Below is a glimpse into two simple yet beautiful DIY projects that Debbie created exclusively for Paint and Pattern readers.  

One of the projects she created was this Chalk Paint upholstery up-cycled miracle using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and the French Floral Damask Stencil. It took her only a day to turn this otherwise old looking silk love seat into a unique, chic and sophisticated work of art. Are you ready to take the plunge into painted upholstery? See How to Upcycle Upholstery with Chalk Paint

Debbie is all about upcycling things that can be easily found around the house.  She created this project simply by using supplies that were easily found in her garage. She used Royal Design Studio’s Barka Flower African Stencil, Eight Pointed Starts Moroccan Stencil, Sun Flower Moroccan Stencil and the Elsabet Trellis Furniture Stencil to create a beautiful combination of three different wooden frames. Each frame has a unique look and character of its own. To learn more, check out Africa Chic! How to Craft Rustic Stenciled Frames.  

If the above tutorials have left you craving for more DIY stencil project ideas, check out the links below to get inspired and to start your own little stencil project:

  • Find fun DIY ideas for various surfaces including furniture, fabric and mirrors right here on our How-To Stencil pages.
  • How-To + DIY on Paint+Pattern shares cool projects from Royal Design Studio and our contributor team.
  • If you love pinning and finding inspiring projects as much as we do, visit our DIY Craft + Stencil Projects board on Pinterest. 

Putting on the Glitz with Metallic Stenciling Ideas

Stencil ideas for decorating with metallic paints with stencils from Royal Design Studio


Stencils add SO much design and visual appeal to a space. By pairing them with luscious metallics, you have radiant surfaces that ooze chic stencil style! You can easily mix and match your Royal Design Studio Stencils with metallic Royal Stencil Cremes, metal leaf for gilding, metallic foils and metallic paint to add dazzling metallic effects to your project. Since a stencil allows you customize your preferred pattern with your fave colors, you also have our choice of any eye-catching colors like gold, silver, copper, bronze, pearls and a myriad of other yummy shades in between. We've rounded up some of our favorite ideas from our friends to show you ideas that add a glam touch of luxury to your decor.


Pair Up Metallics and Stencils for Fabulous Projects


Decorative finishing firm Broad Spectrum used the Fabric Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection for their stenciled wall treatment on a client's master bathroom.  The neutral plaster walls make a fantastic background for the gold speckled stenciling. They used the stencil with a random placement here, using the pattern singularly and overlapping others. You can also use this versatile stencil to create an allover wallpaper pattern!


Stencils and Metallics Create a Glamorous African-Inspired Space


Artist Leslie Nesbitt from Rhythmic Walls certainly added some fab metallic rhythm to these living room walls with both metallic paint and metallic color foils. The Yoruba African Stencil she used is from our haute, haute haute African Stencils Collection. We recently expanded this collection as modern tribal patterns are sweeping the design world with their organic, contemporary graphics and designs.


Stenciling a Range Hood with Metallics | Royal Design Studio


The walls, cabinets, ceiling and flooring of a kitchen are all fantastic surfaces to add a splash of stencil style -- but have you ever considered the range hood? Artist Jay Lewis created a standout focal point for his clients by using the Florentine Damask Stencil with gorgeous golden shimmer.  We think he has the Midas touch!


DIY Reverse Stencil Glass Technique | Metallics and Stencils


Deb Trombley, the blogger and design spotter extraordinaire behind the India Pied-à-Terre blog, used Royal Stencil Cremes and the Marrakech Medallion Stencil on the top glass piece of a cocktail table.  Be sure to catch this DIY Reverse Stenciled Glass project tutorial created especially for our daily design blogzine Paint + Pattern.


Create Custom Metal Leaf and Gilded Wall Art with Stencils


Metallic finish and stencils can also pair up to create custom stenciled wall art! It's a perf way to add small doses of metallic touches around a room without making it overwhelming. Debbie Hayes from My Patch of Blue Sky used the Feathered Damask Stencil with gold leaf to create this amazing gilded stenciled glass art. The best "glue" to use to adhere the metal leaf to the glass is the Royal Stencil Size.  It comes in both Red and Black but you'll want to use the Clear to recreate this particular look.


Create a Sophisticated Allover Wallpaper Look with Stencils and Metallics


Major Glam! This sophisticated stencil wall finish was applied by Bella Tucker Decorative Finishes using both the Chez Sheik Moroccan Stencil and the Pearl Oyster Creme Paint. The allover pattern creates a flawless wallpaper look for this alluring space.


Feature Wall Ideas with Metallics and Stencils | Royal Design Studio


One of our most popular stencil patterns, the Moorish Trellis Stencil, was used by Creative Wall Designs with silver metallic paint to stencil all the walls in a guest bedroom. They also cleverly used it to create a shimmery feature accent wall as well. They certainly lived up to their name!


Great Ideas for Using Metallics and Stencils for your Home | Royal Design Studio


Have you ever wanted an enchanting and super cozy bedroom to retreat to?  So did Marcia of Precious Style -- she calls this beauty her "shimmering golden wall" and loves every bit of it. Marcia used gold metallic paint with the Silk Road Suzani Stencil, a pattern with seriously chic global style. Click in to see more of her glam stenciled wall!

Any neutral room needs metallics for warmth and interest and they will always be a perennial hot design trend. The pairing of any lustrous materials with a stencil pattern is a fast way to make your home to look effortlessly modern and chic. Don't forget that you can always take a cue from fashion and skillfully mix metallic colors in the same room! We hope we've inspired you today with a little metallic stencil magic.  We'd love to know what you would do with metallics and stencils in your home!


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Stencil Yourself a Tres Chic Coffee Table

Coffee tables are a dime a dozen, right? Not so fast! A gorgeous stenciled coffee table is an easy way to add unexpected panache with color and pattern. It's also one of the best ways to pair fashion with function in your living room. With an almost seemingly endless array of coffee table options, you can create your own one-of-a-kind piece with stencils from Royal Design Studio!  Sarah from Offbeat + Inspired had this same inspiration when she decided upon transforming a garage sale find for her living room - and she shows you exactly how to get creative coffee table style with stencils!

Sarah found this nondescript table at a local garage sale. After trudging it home, she found that it was hard to decide in which room it would fit in perfectly. To make matters worse, she wasn't fully pleased with any of the paint finishes she kept trying on it. Once she spied the Small French Floral Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection though, it was all over. She says of the table, "Frankly, it’s uninteresting and doesn’t have a whole lot of character...I knew this design would make my coffee table anything except boring".

Sarah first started by painting the piece with Paris Gray Chalk Paint® on the legs and Old White Chalk Paint® on the table top. Then, using a stencil brush with the Smoked Oyster Stencil Creme, she stenciled in the damask pattern. With this method, she was able to avoid paint bleeds.  "I’ve not had much stenciling experience, but I have made a mess before when the paint bled or the stencils didn’t seem to line up correctly. Thankfully, I didn’t have any of those issues this time around. My strongest recommendation, however, has to be the stencil brush. If you are going to do any kind of stenciling, buy one of these  so you can avoid the headaches I’ve experienced from using other brushes." Thanks, Sarah! Please be sure to visit her incredible stenciled coffee table tutorial.

After distressing the painting and stenciling, she finished off her coffee table with Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax followed with a light coat of Soft Dark Wax. The coffee table now oozes sophistication and is a unique piece that personalizes and adds character to the living room. Sarah loves her table -- not bad for the table's Plain Jane beginnings! Tell us, are you now inspired to makeover that drab furniture piece you haven't known what to do with?

Photographs by Laura Lee Photography

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A Mid-Century Furniture Twist with Mod Floral Stencils


One of the "haute-est" looks going is fab mid-century modern furniture transformations. Nothing beats the clean architectural details and aesthetic -- and the look can be be enhanced by using stencils from Royal Design Studio.  The recent floral stencil patterns added to our Allover Modern Stencils Collection have a global modern feel and when our friend Danielle from the lovely Finding Silver Pennies blog expressed interest in them, we knew they would be perfect for her  mid-century dresser.



This was the sad state of her dresser prior to painting and stenciling. She started by using Pure White Chalk Paint® for the body and Provence Chalk Paint® for the dresser drawers.Nice, right? Love that combination! After much thought, Danielle decided upon the Adana Abstract Floral Furniture Stencil, which is a smaller size than the larger wall stencil and yet perfectly sized for furniture projects. Using a stencil brush, she stenciled in the pattern with our Pearl Oyster Stencil Creme Paint to give it a little oomph and a lot of shimmer.  Perfection!



To get the look, Danielle suggests starting your design at the center of your surface and working out from there. Since the stencil creme paints dry quickly, she was able to keep stenciling easily with hardly any wait time. To finalize the new look of her dresser, she switched out the brass pulls for glass bubble knobs with a chrome base. Danielle shares the full details on her stenciled dresser how-to.



We were tickled pink that Danielle named her piece Adana, after our stencil. How sweet is that? Now tell us, don't you think is is an amazing before and after? It's a perfect mix of color, furniture lines and stencil pattern - thank you, Danielle! If you'd like a similar look, you can chose your favorite Chalk Paint® color, take a look at our Furniture Stencils Collection and find the perfect mix for that piece you've had your eye on redoing. Stenciling your furniture has never been easier -- and be sure to send us your gorgeous stencil project when you do!


Fantastic furniture makeovers - we have more to show you! Click in to be inspired!

Light Up a Lampshade with Stenciling: Flea Market Style


Are you looking for a quick and colorful pick-me-up for a certain spot in your home? Something that won't cost a fortune yet will reward you for a very small investment of your time? Stenciling a drum lampshade is a super easy DIY project you can do to transform a lamp you may already have. Or, if you're the type who's on the hunt for adventure and bargains, consider a trip to your local thrift shop to find the perfect trash to treasure candidate.

That's what Flea Market Style Magazine did. And  with the help of Royal Design Studio, some white spray paint, and our Small Fleur de Lace stencil on a drum shade, they turned a cast-off lamp base into a pretty showpiece.


We stenciled this paper drum shade in our studio in two easy steps!

  1. Use a foam roller to base coat the outside of a paper lampshade with Chalk Pain®t decorative paint in Pure White. This will give you a great surface to work on, especially if the paper shade is dirty or made from a shiny material like this one was.
  2. Starting at the back, run a piece of tape along the seam and begin the stencil pattern there using Peacock Fancy Stencil Creme. Continue to repeat the pattern around the shade using the built in registration marks. When you get back to the seam, remove the tape and place it on the OTHER side to protect the area where you originally began your stenciling.

Set up a nice little vignette with your "new" lamp on a tabletop to "turn on" the style!!



Stenciling Stylish DIY Window Treatments

Stenciled Window Treatment Ideas | Royal Design Studio 

Window treatments compliment every room in the house by adding color and pattern to what would be a blank window. Custom drapes, curtains and valances can be quite pricey and so creating your own DIY window treatments with stencils from Royal Design Studio and an inexpensive swath of fabric is an excellent alternative. You can also choose your favorite colors and patterns which may not be the case with specific fabric patterns.  So whether you'd like a more laid back look or a glam elegant design, we have stenciled window treatment inspirations for you that will add super style to your home without blowing the budget.

Stenciled Cornice Board with modern Hollywood Squares Stencil | Contemporary Stenciled Window Treatment Idea | Royal Design Studio


Designer Laurie March of HGTV's The House Counselor wanted a bold yet clean graphic pattern for this contemporary kitchen. She also wanted to provide privacy without losing all of the great light the window brings. She did both by creating a DIY stenciled window cornice with the Hollywood Squares Stencil from our Allover Modern Stencils Collection. Looks SO good, doesn't it? Get the full details of her project in her Stenciled Window Treatment tutorial.

Use Stencils to Add Pattern to Fabric, Window Drapes and Curtains | Royal Design Studio 

An Ornamental Panel Stencil (OrnPan173) and an Ornamental Center Stencil (OrnCen195) from our sister stencil company, Modello® Designs Stencils, helped artist Jeff Raum create fab stenciled panels for a client's window treatment! They compliment the curtain panels perfectly, don't you think? The elegant color scheme and stencil patterns created a very sophisticated look for less.

Stencil Custom Curtains with Royal Design Studio Stencils 

The Classic Shell Motif Stencil stenciled on the cornice board adds traditional elegance to this space. The Classic Motif Stencils Collection has patterns that add a timeless touch to wall, furniture, and fabric stenciling projects for a classic look that is always in style.


Artist Debbie Hayes designed a "minimalist" cornice board for her living room. After her husband built it, she painted the cornice with French Linen Chalk Paint® decorative paint the same color as her walls. Upon drying, she used the Fabric Damask Stencil as a raised, embossed pattern with layers of tiny beads in a gel medium. She then added Swarovski crystals and antique chandelier crystals to drop down from the treatment. The gorgeous designer window treatment strikes the right balance between femininity and masculinity.

So, whether you're going for colorful curtains or soft, sedate window treatments, stencils and paint allow you to transform plain fabrics and textiles with pattern and color! What will you stencil today?

More fantastic stenciled fabric ideas coming your way!

Pretty in Pink with Stencils!

Pink stencil decorating ideas with floral and lace stencils from Royal Design Studio


Think Pink! The color Pink is a great way to add style and panache to your home - it's not just for little girls any more! When paired with stencil patterns from Royal Design Studio, the charming color can take on a sophisticated feel and be perfect for both men and women. Pink is also closely associated with love and romance and it's a playful color that most respond to positively. There is a pink for every design scheme, from soft and subtle to full of verve and pop -- much like the versatile array of stencil patterns available! So get "in the pink" and see what these color-savvy stenciled rooms have in store for you!


Stencil Ideas for Pink Spaces

Dusty pinks in a tone-on-tone wall treatment is beautiful with the Butterfly Kisses Wall Stencil.  One of our newest patterns, this delicate allover damask stencil adds a romantic feel to any room!


Using Stencils and the Color Pink to Brighten a Room | Royal Design Studio

It's Spring all year long with our Falling Daises Stencil from the Bonnie Christine Collection. It was paired here with varying shades of pink for a custom wallpaper effect.  You can always alter the color of the flower itself as well for a nice variation of pinks or any combination of colors you'd like.


Pretty Ideas for Pink Stenciled Rooms | Royal Design Studio

This room makes us tickled pink! Judy from DIY by Design used the Fabric Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection on a focal wall and paired it with a vibrant salmon pink and cream. We think the added poppy yellow in the bedding completes the happy color scheme. As to working with our stencils, Judy had this to say: "The Royal Design Studio stencil is awesome.  It is better than any other stencil I have used!".  Thanks, Judy!


Ideas for Pink Rooms | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Pink is also a great color for the shared areas of the home, such as a kitchen or dining room.  Here the wall is very soft and the stenciling with the Small Floral Stamp Stencil adds interest by incorporating other colors into the pattern. For added whimsy, a DIY stenciled canvas artwork was hung using our Clair Cameo Bari J Stencil. Who wouldn't love to spend time here surrounded by the pleasing colors and patterns?


Stenciling Ideas with the Color Pink | Royal Design Studio

If you'd like to add a bit of panache to your floors, pink is perfect! Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing decided to use an amaranth pink for her sewing room floor stenciled with the Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil. Imagine how fun and inspiring it must be to do your creative work in this space!


Using Pink for Walls, Floors and Furniture | Stencil Ideas

Second Betty also had a sweet alternate pink solution for walls: Furniture! They used Antoinette Chalk Paint® decorative paint paired with our versatile Skylar's Lace Floral Stencil for the drawers of a beautiful vanity and dresser set. So pretty!


Pink Room Ideas | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Hot Pink! We love the rich pink of these walls - they work so well balanced with white and the deep turquoise green. The feature wall is stenciled by creative customer Kim Burney with the popular Moorish Trellis Stencil from our Allover Ethnic Stencils Collection


Inspiring Ideas for Pink Color Schemes | Royal Design Studio

A little girl's room is always pretty in pink! The Snowflake Lace Stencil is über-versatile and works well on fabrics, furniture and floors for a gorgeous allover look. On these walls they look great with a cotton candy pink and white combination.


Great Room Ideas Using the Color Pink | Royal Design Studio Stencils

Of course, the stenciling doesn't always need to be the pink focal point! The stenciled surface can always be a wonderful counterpoint to the pink accent, such as the gray and cream stenciling on the tub against the pale pastel pink walls. Gorgeous!  The beautiful pattern is the Spanish Lace Scallop Stencil

Pink is a strong choice for interior design as it has a lot of personality! The right balance with other colors keeps it from becoming too girly and precious. In Feng Shui, the gentle vibrations of pink have a proven soothing effect and are recommended for creative offices and powder rooms, among other spaces. Paired with stencils, it can also make a wonderful backdrop or be a strong focal point. Tell us, would you do a pink room in your home?

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