Stencil Ideas - Wall Stencils

Make it Modern with Stencils! DIY Bloggers Show You How


Scallops, Cheetah spots, Herringbone Shuffle and Rockin Roses, what is common among them all? Not only are they our best selling stencil patterns, but are also a part of our beautiful Modern Stencils Collection! These patterns are designed to give a fresh new look to all your stencil projects, including feature walls, furniture, floors and even fabrics.

We are about to share some fun projects by talented DIY bloggers who used our Modern Stencil patterns to transform their projects and spaces from boring and drab to fab! If you like what you see below, be sure to take advantage of the 20% OFF offered exclusively on this collection through June 22nd, 2014! Use promo code MOD20 at checkout!



With a little DIY know how Kara Pasley, an interior designer, window display artist, and a set decorator, gave this bathroom wall the look of beautiful iridescent tiles using our Moroccan Scallops Stencil. Kara told us that this project did not take her any more than six hours. Fast and fabulous, isn’t it? Our blog post, Making a Splash with the Moroccan Scallops Stencil, shows you a step by step tutorial on how you too can get the look. Also, hop onto Kara’s blog to see several of her latest fun interior projects.



Tiffany of Living Savvy fell in love with our Contempo Trellis Stencil pattern to give her entryway a bold new look! This is a large scale stencil pattern that works perfectly when looking to cover larger areas quickly. “Be sure to know exactly which walls you will be stenciling”, suggests Tiffany. This will help you chose a suitable stencil pattern and a color scheme more easily. Learn more about this project from Tiffany’s blog post: How-to Stencil on Textured Walls.



When it came time to pick a design for their own mid-century furniture makeover, ‘modern’ was the key word for Carrie and John Waller of Dream Green DIY. They chose the Herringbone Pattern Wall Stencil to pretty up this old dresser. It always amazes us how even just a small pop of stenciling can add so much interest to a DIY project! Don’t you think this dresser looks stunning? Check out their blog post A Modern Mid-Century Makeover to see how the original dresser looked and how Carrie turned it around with stencils.



Our Modern Stencil patterns can not only make walls and furniture pieces look stunning, but they can also be used to pretty up various pieces of fabric around the house. Jen of Tatertots and Jello did exactly that by using our Chain Link Stencil to give her napkin pillows a fun and easy upgrade so as to match her new kitchen décor. Learn more about how she did it on her blog post Stenciled Napkin Pillows DIY.



Speaking of fabrics, see how easily our Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil helped Kristin of The Hunted Interior take her home's chic, contemporary style to glittery, glam holiday sizzle. She used our stencil to give a unique and dramatic upgrade to the Ritva Drapery Panels from IKEA. Her blog post, DIY Spotted Drapery, has more images of the gorgeous space that Kristin has put together.

In another project, Pam of Simple Details used this same stencil to create an unexpected sassy foyer. Pam had always loved a particular wallpaper which was not only pricey but cumbersome to apply. She says, “I'm all about getting a high-end look for less and not having to remove wallpaper if I can avoid it!” Pam’s blog post Foyer Reveal shows how easily she was able to achieve all of the above and more using our Cheetah Spots stencil.



Our Modern Stencils Collection would be quite incomplete without one of our most popular and versatile stencil patterns - the beautiful Rockin Roses Damask Stencil. This stencil has been used to decorate dressers, ceilings, walls, countertops, dressing rooms and several other spaces by our customers and DIY bloggers. One such talented blogger, Chelsea of Two Twenty One, used this gorgeous pattern to simply accentuate her file cabinet. The Stenciled File Cabinet post on her blog shows a tutorial on how her boring old file cabinet is made pretty with this gorgeous stencil.



This modern stencil collection is filled with several such fabulous designs to help you get a chic and modern look for your projects. Haven’t these fun stencil DIYs inspired you to create something beautiful around the house yourself?! Well then wait no more, use promo code MOD20 right now and get a 20% discount on our entire Modern Stencils Collection through June 22nd, 2014. If you are seeking more inspiration, you can visit the Royal Design Studio Pinterest Page, which is full of such cool stencil projects! And if you have a question or a comment, feel free to leave it in our comments section here. We would love to hear from you!

Floored by the Hollywood Squares Stencil!


Dreaming of a gorgeous patterned floor for your kitchen? It's Stencils to the Rescue! Let's face it - we spend a lot of our time in our kitchen and it's always preferable to be surrounded by a space we love, colors that lift us and design that makes sense. Our friend Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body did not have this space. In fact, this is her kitchen -- or as she calls it, 'NOT.MY.STYLE'. She had a limited budget and big design dreams and we here at Royal Design Studio are tickled pink that we were able to help in making them come true.



Tasha was faced with badly damaged bamboo floors. She didn't want to sand and stain them as it was out of her financial reach and plus, she didn't like the idea of stained wood anymore. She did have a serious yen for painted wood floors and both she and her husband also wanted pattern. Together they excitedly chose the clean, contemporary look of the Hollywood Squares Stencil from the Allover Modern Stencils Collection.




Using a light taupe floor and patio paint as the base, they stenciled with a medium tone gray over that. Tasha used a foam stencil roller and avoided bleed-throughs by keeping a very dry roller while stenciling. The whole kitchen took her 6.5 hours to stencil. Can you imagine going from blah to GLAM in less than a work day? That's the beauty of Stenciling!





Our stencil-loving hearts swoon! We think Tasha did an amazing job and we just love, love, love her kitchen transformation! Know how much the entire project cost? $700!!! Frugal and Fab - an amazing job combination. Be sure not to miss her stenciled floor project blog post for all the complete details as well as her kitchen redo project details, too. Hit the comments section to let us know what you think of this kitchen re-do!

Take a look at more beautiful stenciled floor projects!

New Damask Stencil: Name it to Win it!


We LOVE designing and introducing new stencil patterns and we are especially excited about this beautiful new damask pattern that is filled with fanciful birds and flowers. It is reminiscent of our folk-inspired Otomi patterns in our Latin American Stencils Collection.

The only problem is... we haven't quite come up with the perfect name. That's where YOU come in! From the awesome response to last week’s ‘Name it to Win it’ stencil contest, we figured that you guys could help us come up with the perfect name for this pretty allover pattern!

So here you go! Put your creative thinking cap on and leave your best stencil name suggestion in the Comments section here before midnight on Sunday, June 15.

If we chose your name we will send you the stencil with our compliments. Good luck!


Note: To prevent spam on our site, all comments need to be approved. Don’t worry if you don’t see your comment right away!

Freshen up your Furniture with Stencils!


Sometimes we come across people who absolutely LOVE the look of a stenciled wall, but are skeptical about the time, effort or perhaps even the skill level that they ‘think’ might be required to complete a beautiful featured wall or whole room treatment. Well, we get it. It is not always easy to wade into uncharted waters, which is why we want to draw your attention towards our beautiful Furniture Stencil Collection! The smaller scale of our furniture stencils makes them ideal for even beginners to create beautiful works of art without requiring a huge time commitment. Once you take the furniture stencil plunge though, you will discover for yourself that stenciling is such a creative piece of cake you may become addicted!


Furniture might be the best place to start for stencil-newbies, but even seasoned stencil pros can take a piece of painted furniture to a whole new level. For inspiration, let’s take a look at some simple and even more elaborate ways that some of our very talented Royal Design Studio Stencil Stockists have used our Furniture Stencils paired with Chalk Paint from Annie Sloan to freshen up some old furniture pieces with stenciled style.



Vicki Shoemaker of 3 Oaks Studio and Tami Fandrei of Patina Home and Garden both used our Paris Postage Stamp stencil combined with the Paris Postmark stencil to give a unique vintage look to their furniture/accent pieces. The Scrollallover stencil tops the table on the left. Its gracefully curving, asymmetrical design is as perfect for stenciling tabletops as it is for walls.



Shades of yellow: English Yellow Chalk Paint looks super pretty paired with Pure White Chalk Paint in the photos above. Creative Finishes studio, Carter’s Cottage as well as Patina Home and Garden show how beautifully anyone can revamp a boring old dresser and make it look stunning with this sunny color. All of these pieces feature stencil patterns from our Moroccan Stencil Collection, including the popular Chez Sheik furniture stencil, Arabesque Moroccan stencil, and Moroccan Arches stencil. This highlights how well ethnic inspired stencil patterns can work with many traditional furniture pieces and add an exotic touch to any decorating scheme.


Deborah Walz of Peinture Studios shows how incredibly creative you can get with stencils on her furniture pieces painted with Chalk Paint for both her studio and home! We love how she reimagined a plain piano for spring with the colorful addition of our Barka Flower African Stencil. In her hands even plain old sawhorses are turned into a work of art with a creatively clever patchwork treatment using a wide variety of Royal Design Studio stencils.

The two bottom pictures show the SAME dresser with two different stencil treatments. We don't know HOW she could bear to paint over either one as they are both stunning by themselves. On the left the Small Primitivo Lace Furniture stencil seems to be the perfect pattern for the drawer fronts. On the right she combined the Lisboa Tile stencil with the African Tribal Batik Furniture stencil-an inspired paring that seems perfect together!


Stencils don’t have to always go on wood furniture, though, as Helen Phelps of Patina Home shows us. The Fabric Damask stencil pattern is so pretty on these soft, fluffy pillows stenciled with Chalk Paint®. Chalk Paint is ideal for fabric stenciling too! Simply thin it slightly with water so that it absorbs into the fibers.



Chalk Paint® even works for stenciling on glass! Ole and Inga "reverse stenciled" our Moorish Trellis stencil on glass to provide a decorative touch on a bedside table. Imagine the possibilities with this stencil technique used not just on tabletops but the insides of glass cabinet doors as well. 


OK, so you HAVE to be inspired now to freshen up some furniture around YOUR house, right?? To help you get started, we are offering a 20% discount on our entire Furniture Stencils Collection through June 15th, 2014. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity and create something beautiful of your own! And as always, be sure to share your gorgeous stencil projects with us, we would love to see and share YOUR works of art here or on our Royal Design Studio Facebook Page!

Summer Looks Perfectly Paisley!


Paisley patterns are so enduring and are haute year in and year out for both interiors and fashion. In the Paint + Pattern Blogazine, we featured just how beautiful paisley patterns can be for interiors. If you're intrigued by the look, you're in luck! Royal Design Studio stencils have so many paisley patterns to choose from, it's easy to find just the right design and size for your space. We're featuring four of our most popular patterns to show you how easy and versatile stencils can be on any surface and using any color!




The Indian Paisley Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection is perfect for larger surfaces such as walls or used in smaller projects, like fabric curtains. It also fits just right on furniture, floors and more. Be sure to check out the Happy Habitat stenciled curtain how-to, to learn how easily you can make it yourself.




Don't the Small Paisleys Furniture Stencils look great on the wood drawer fronts? They also look fab on the stenciled copper leaf glass table by Just Paint It. These stencils are perfectly sized for furniture and small projects and you have several designs to choose from.  You can also check out our Reverse Stenciling and Gilding on Glass Tutorial.




The Printed Indian Paisley Damask Wall Stencils were used here on a stenciled feature wall with the larger stencil pattern and by Pretty Handy Girl on a fashionable stenciled scarf with the smaller size option of the same stencil pattern. Both are SO pretty!




Stencils can be used in any color scheme you desire. You can see here that both the Bombay Paisley Wall Motif Stencil and the Grande Bombay Paisley Wall Motif Stencil from the Global & Ethnic Stencils Collection works great on a light or colored background.  As a motif stencil, you control how little or how many paisley patterns grace your surface.
Want a fun fact? In India, where the paisley pattern originated, paisleys are also known as keri owing to the resemblance in the shapes of the two. And in India mangoes are only available during summer. So summer is the perfect time to think of paisley stencils!
We hope you've enjoyed these powerful paisley stencil ideas! To see more paisley patterns on the Royal Design Studio website, just hit search for the word 'paisley' - you'll see them all there!  We'd love to see your project results so please feel free to share them with us via e-mail, our Royal Stencil Projects Pinterest Group Board or Facebook fan page. Have an inspired stencil-icious day!
Paisley is the gift that keeps on giving - here are MORE fantastic projects!

New Moroccan Stencil: Name it to Win it!


Moroccan design décor is bold, colorful and timeless. Its blend of African, Arabic, Berber and European influences makes it a classic decorating style that transcends trends and adapts to all tastes. That is why it’s not very surprising that many of our most popular stencil designs come from our beautiful Moroccan Stencil Collection!

We’ve recently added several new designs to this collection, including the ornate Mughal Trellis stencil series that was designed for Melanie Royals’ latest painting trip to Marrakech. This stencil pattern shown above was also used, yet has left us searching for the perfect name.

That’s where YOU come in! Leave your stencil name suggestion in the Comments below before midnight on Sunday, June 8. If we chose your name we will send you the stencil. Good luck!

Note: To prevent spam on our site, all comments need to be approved. Don’t worry if you don’t see your comment right away!


Patchwork Herringbone Stenciled Wall Mural


When we just about start to suspect that there are possibly no more creative ways left for us to see how people use our stencils, we find something new and amazingly creative out there!

Sawdust and Embryos’ is an awesome DIY blog that shares some of the coolest home improvement How-to's out there. They have a beautiful 113 year old house in rural Iowa that they are making their own, one little project at a time. They love to stencil and have used Royal Design Studio stencils on stairway landing walls, dining room area rug and several other projects. The one that particularly caught our eye and we think you will also love is this Herringbone Wall DIY that Beth and Nick designed for their twin girls’ room.




Royal Design Studio Stencils: Small Spanish LaceSmall Margarita LaceTeardrop TrellisRockin Rose Damask, and Step Up Triangles

Stencil Brush

Paints: Red Cedar, Silver Strawberry, Wool Tweed, and Crab Apple by Pittsburgh Paints and Martha Stewart metallic ‘Gold Pearl’

Wooden Moulding Strips/ Trim Pieces. The sizes for these will depend on the height of your mural and the width of herringbone cells. 



Step 1: Beth and Nick started out by measuring out 5 equal parts of their feature wall and then used chalk to create perfectly vertical lines to work with. This wall is paneled so they made sure that two of the four lines would fall on the trim lines of the panels. These trim lines would be eventually covered by wooden mouldings.



Step 2: Then they marked 12” intervals on each of these vertical lines. These marks were then connected diagonally using painters tape as shown in the image above so as to create the herringbone pattern on the wall. 





Step 3: Beth and Nick wanted this wall to look like a patchwork quilt. So they chose a bunch of mixed stencil patterns from the Royal Design Studio website (as listed under the supplies list). They also picked some fun colors by Pittsburg paints (also listed above). While stenciling, Beth ensured to place the colors as randomly as possible to get the quilted look they had in mind. She recommends using a stencil brush instead of a foam roller for smaller stencil patterns which will help to get crisp and clean stencil edges. Each cell took her only 10 minutes to stencil!

To mix things up a little, Beth used FrogTape’s wavy painters tape to create an abstract wavy pattern. (Very creative!!)



Step 4: Once all the cells were filled with beautiful colors and patterns, Beth removed all the painters tape that she had initially used to define the individual cells.  



Step 5: Then for the final stages, Nick made ‘trim’ pieces to frame each cell of the herringbone pattern for a more 3-D architectural effect. You could just buy the trim pieces instead of making your own, or make them at home to make the project more economic. To learn more about how Nick made these trim pieces along with the angled sections for each cell be sure to check out their post: Herringbone Patchwork Accent Wall {REVEAL!}





Step 6: To finish up, they started by first nailing up the vertical pieces and then nailing down the angled one’s one after the other. And finally, they filled the seams and nail holes with white latex caulk and did some minor white paint touch-ups. Voila! A stunning, one of a kind accent wall was all ready for the girls' room to play and create beautiful memories in!




Beth and Nick have slowly and steadily added several gorgeous accents to bring this room together for their little girls. They have shared step-by-step tutorials for each of these accents that they have made themselves. If you are impressed with this project, be sure to check out other fun ideas and accent DIYs on the Sawdust and Embryos’ Big Girl Room Archives.


If accent walls are your thing, browse through the following posts to get some ideas:





Stencil Ideas for a Dream Nursery


Nurseries are always so much fun to decorate. It gives every parent an opportunity to bring out the child in themselves and make the space a warm and welcoming one for their newborn. It is a space where the baby starts identifying itself with, starts to feel secure and comfortable in. It is one area of the house where new parents will be spending several hours a day nurturing, teaching and playing with their little bundle of joy. So why not make it a unique reflection of you – the color, design and pattern loving parents?! And, what better way of giving your baby’s nursery its unique character than stenciling with some of our awesome stencils?


Let's take a look at some really cool nursery projects done by a few of our clients and blogger friends for their little one's. 




Although they knew they had a baby boy on the way, Silas’s parents wanted to create a gender neutral space that could grow with him over time. They wanted an accent wall as the focus and it all came together when they found the Herringbone Shuffle pattern from Royal Design Studio Stencils. They found the pattern to be traditional, but playful. The design and the color palette of the feature wall inspired the design for the rest of the space in baby Silas’s new room! Be sure to check out more knick knacks in this fun nursery on the Onto Baby Blog.




In another nursery project, Amy of Eat Sleep Decorate chose an animal theme for their baby to-be’s nursery. Amy wasn’t ready to commit to stenciling an entire wall just yet, but she certainly wanted to try something. So she decided to stencil the baby’s closet with our Cheetah Spots Stencil that would go perfectly well with the animal theme of the room. Amy says, “It was an easy process which only took a couple of hours one afternoon.” She goes on to explain how these stencils gave the look of an expensive wallpaper while costing a fraction of its price! Now, she is sold on to the idea of stenciling a whole room in the near future. Can you guess if this bedroom is for a boy or a girl? If it were not for the little pink onesies tucked behind on the hanger line, we certainly couldn't tell. 




Another classic nursery featuring our Herringbone shuffle stencil! The parents chose a beautiful coral, aqua and gray colored theme for their little baby Noelle’s nursery. One feature wall sets the tone for the entire room, don’t you think?




We just cannot get enough of the beautiful nurseries that our clients design using our stencils! Francis is a mother of three, a wife and an author of a beautiful blog called It's a Pink Life. She wanted to update this nursery where she and her little girls spend a lot of time during the day. Francis came across our stencils and knew at once that she had to have a stenciled feature wall. She chose the Acanthus Trellis Wall stencil for this room.

“The wall propelled the room into becoming the nursery of my dreams,” she says; “It's stunning and I can't stop looking at it and now I'm like let's stencil everything!” We say amen to that! We absolutely loved the way this nursery turned out for the pretty ladies that will make and cherish some fond memories for days to come. Francis has accessorized this room with pretty things, so be sure to visit her blog for the full Nursery Reveal

So, have you been able to pick a favorite so far? I bet, it is as hard for you as it was for us. All the nurseries turned out to look simply awesome for the little one’s to play, learn and dream in.