Stencil Ideas - Wall Stencils

New India Inspired Stencils Have us in the Mood to Decorate

We have been featuring the majestic designs, motifs and colors of India all month long on our Paint + Pattern digital design magazine. Inspired by the art and culture of this magical country, we have been working on adding some beautiful new patterns to our India Stencils Collection.

Classic Indian motifs such as paisleys, delicate floral, elegant trelliswork, and intricate geometric borders have been reinterpreted into new stencil patterns of all shapes and sizes. These are patterns that can blend beautifully into many different decorating schemes and color palettes.

To prove that point, we poured our creative juices into creating some elegant mood boards that feature some of our favorite new stencil patterns. We hope you enjoy them!


The Annapakshi Damask Stencil 



Annapakshi is a beautiful Indian mythological bird that is popularly also known as Annam in South of India. Typically, a brass lamp is lit before any important event or venture and an Annapakshi motif is an integral part of the design of these lamps owing to its symbolism for divinity, purity, and beauty.

This wonderful concept immediately struck a chord with us when looking for inspiration for this stencil collection. The result was this stunning stencil design, the Annapakshi Damask Stencil, which is available in three sizes and can be used as a singular stenciled motif or repeated to create an allover pattern.

We tried to explore the look of this stencil in soft shades of blue and green, and matched it with some cool artifacts from your beloved online stores. The outcome - fabulous!

If your style is the exotic global kind, you can get the above look by accessorizing with: Oversized Punched Metal Pendant Lamp from World Market, Flourish Velvet Medallion Pillow from Pier 1, Everett Upholstered, Ikat Chevron Regal Blue Sofa – Prints from West Elm


Jaipur Flower Garden and Kamal Lotus Flower


India is known for the intricate trellis work of its forts and palaces, especially the ones made during the Mughal Empire. Women in those times were not allowed to show their faces to strange men. The intricate trellis work in small windows of forts and palaces enabled them to look outside and keep up with everyday happenings. Our Raj Trellis Indian Wall Stencil lets you bring this old world charm straight to your home in the form of a delicate allover trellis pattern.

Speaking of the Mughal Empire, the lotus flower, also known as ‘Kamal’ in Hindi, has been an integral part of various Mughal styles, as well as other arts and crafts of India. Our Kamal Lotus Flower Indian Furniture Stencil is a tribute to this beautiful creation that is recognized as "Incredible India's" national flower.

If you love both these stencils equally, don’t worry because we have you covered! The Indian Trellis & Lotus Flower Stencil Set combines these two gorgeous patterns that will let you create a wonderful conversational wall in your home. 

To get this chic look for yourself, find these wonderful accents at World Market: Paisley Arya Quilt, Pink Embroidered Flower Lamp Shade, Spice Avira Flat-Woven Wool Rug


Rani Paisley Stencil



How could we be talking about India this whole time and not think of Paisley – the most significant of all Indian motifs! Rani means royal queen in Hindi and paisley for some reason invokes a feminine connotation to it. The Rani Paisley Stencil from Royal Design Studio was designed to personify the idea of a royal motif. This stencil has been given a regal look through layers of beautiful floral pattern surrounding a lovely paisley motif in the center.

For a sophisticated and elegant look, we combined: Neutral Embroidered Medallion Pillow from Pier 1, Linen Tufted Devon Slipper Chair from World Market, Gold Leaf Glass Lamp from Pier 1

Do you want even more ideas for achieving this sort of Global Glam style?

Girl Bedrooms Inspired by Disney's Frozen

Disney’s Frozen is skating its way through the hearts of everyone young and old. Top that off with the recent Oscar wins, and it seems this winter flick is only going to get hotter in 2014! What is the appeal? Of course the music is powerful and the plot is engaging, but it is also simply a stunning visual treat! It has fresh colors and detailed patterns swirling around in every scene. The animators have truly outdone themselves this time. 



But, I’m sure in your household, Frozen’s appeal is more focused on the characters themselves. Have you found that all your little girl can talk about is trying to decide – on a daily basis – if she is more like Elsa or Anna? If so, we’ve thought of a fun way for you to bond with her over a weekend project – stencil her bedroom (you know, her most important place in the whole world) to reflect her favorite character!

Unlike hanging wallpaper, stenciling is the easy way to add pattern and color to any room. Plus, it's affordable and simply changed later on. You can actually share the experience with your daughter and spend the weekend taking great satisfaction in knowing that you did it yourself - and you did it together!

Searching through our Stencil Collection with our design team, here are some cool design ideas for stenciling a girl’s room inspired by the movie Frozen!  



For the Elsa fans out there, we used our Starry Moroccan Night Stencil. This simple yet delicate, all-over stencil is inspired by the starry night skies of Marrakech. However, with this color scheme derived from Elsa’s beautiful dress, this stencil perfectly resembles beautiful snow-flakes, don’t you think?



For the Anna fans out there, we used our elegant Large Flourish Allover Stencil and again, pulled the colors from her bodice, cape and skirt. This stencil features large open scrollwork, making it suitable for larger rooms and areas, or smaller rooms where you wish to create a bold, graphic statement. 

And for the adults out there that can’t get enough of the colors and pattern too, these Frozen-inspired designs can be adapted throughout the home.



To create the vertical stripes that would give a wallpaper effect, we were inspired from Anna’s beautiful bottle green dress. Our beautiful Swedish Floral Wall Stencil Border fit perfectly to create the classic look. This pattern also comes in an allover stencil: Swedish Floral Allover Stencil that can achieve a similar paneled look.



And here to recreate the adorable dining area, we used our Large Entwined Trellis Stencil. This stencil would look equally beautiful when lined along the hallways.

Want more Frozen-like color schemes ideas to stencil?



In this image, the town of Arendelle is depicted frozen in beautiful tone on tone colors – check out our recent blog post, White Haute Pattern, which also showed some of other stencil patterns in white-on-white designs.


Credits: All images from the scenes of the movie Frozen are the property of Disney.

Stencil Decor to Adore! French-Inspired Stenciling Ideas

French-Inspired Stencil Inspiration from Royal Design Studio 


With it's easy refinement, French-inspired designs continue to be a go-to style for designers, DIYers and homeowners alike and adding a little stenciled French flair to your home has never been easier! The sophisticated style lends itself to more eclectic and artistic interiors with surfaces ranging from walls to fabrics to furniture and decor accents. Let's take a look at how some of our very creative Royal Design Studio customers created ultra chic surfaces with French flair!


French-Inspired Stencil Ideas for Your Home | Royal Design Studio 

Tradition meets the 21st century is this stenciled contemporary master bedroom by Jamie of So Much Better with Age.  She was going for an allover wallpaper look without the headache, and the French Bee Trellis Stencil pattern charmed both her and her husband. The bee motif is considered as the oldest emblem of the sovereigns of France and this regal design has easily found its way into modern interiors. It's the perfect pattern choice for this stately, elegant bedroom!


Springtime in Paris Lettering Stencil Transforms a Mirror | French-Inspired Ideas

Our friend Michelle from Hello Lovely is always dreaming up ethereally chic projects.  She most recently created a dreamy stenciled dressing room with our Fortuny Stencil, but she also used the French poetry of our Springtime in Paris Letter Stencil to add pattern to a surprising surface: a mirror!  What could have been a traditional, soon-forgotten home accent now is a beautiful focal point that also visually expands the space. 


French-Inspired Furniture and Decor | Royal Design Studio


What a fun, flirty piece!  We  are in amour the fresh color palette of this stenciled credenza, too. Customer Joan Chamberlain chose the French Floral Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection to add energy and verve to a basic stained furniture set.  Damask patterns were a favorite of French nobility who used them to adorn their walls, windows and furnishings.  We say ooh la la!

Do you now have fabulously French stencil-bilities on the mind? Everything about France oozes ultracool flair, especially their architecture and decor. Royal Design Studio makes it easy to incorporate this stylish look with your favorite patterns and color schemes.  And oh - we'd love to see your results!



Tres Chic! We share MORE fashionable stencil inspirations!

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!
More Stenciled Decorative Paint Treatments to Inspire You!

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!


More Metal Mixology with Stencils!


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?

Still in the Pink? Check out these other stencil-icious projects!

Nursery Decorating Ideas for Chic Stenciled Nurseries

When it comes to nursery decorating ideas, there is an amazing abundance of nursery pins, nursery themes and nursery decor inspiration when designing a space for your wee little one -- and can anything be more fun?? One of the most creative and cost-effective ideas for decorating a nursery is to stencil it - not only can you use any color scheme but there is also a wide variety of stencil pattern styles to choose from. Stencils from Royal Design Studio are also easy to use and perfect for any surface from the walls and ceiling to the fabrics and furniture. In fact, a few of our creative friends designed gorgeous stenciled nurseries and we thought they might inspire you to create the perfect magical space for your bundle of joy!


Stenciled Nursery Ideas by Royal Design Studio


Creative customer Andi Osiek used our Chez Ali Moroccan Stencil from our Allover Moroccan Stencils Collection to create a candy sweet stenciled feature wall for the nursery. We love the tone on tone coral pinks she chose as they are both soothing and energizing at the same time.


Stencil Ideas for Nurseries and Children's Rooms


The Ornamental Cartouche Stencil fits this nursery's regal design perfectly, don't you think?  The elegant pattern is from our Allover Damask Stencils Collection and is very versatile. Decorative artist Allyson Jones Wong used it as a repeating stenciled wall pattern here but you could also use it as a random motif or even as a singular stenciled focal point on a nursery dresser or canvas wall art. Allyson created the background wall finish with a crosshatch paint effect. Lovely!


Gorgeous Nursery Ideas for All Color Schemes | Stencil DIY Projects by Royal Design Studio


While there are endless color options for nurseries, a neutral color scheme can be striking as well -- especially when paired with a stencil pattern!  Sarah of the Cozy. Cottage. Cute. blog wanted a fresh and airy modern cottage vibe for her son Cooper's nursery.  She says that her friends comment the most about the "cool" stenciled wall with the Endless Circles Lattice Moroccan Stencil.  Her chic nursery DIY project was also featured in Apartment Therapy.


Nursery DIY Ideas | Royal Design Studio Stencils


Visual stimulation with colors and patterns helps a baby thrive and develop - and is there anything more precious than seeing your baby's eyes light up? Creative customer Taryn Palisano had this in mind while creating a happy balance of neutrals and vibrant colors with a gray, gold and white design scheme. She used the large size version of our Modern Chevron Wall Stencil for the stenciled focal wall with her twin's cribs. SO adorable!


Stenciled Nursery Room Floor
Stenciled Wood Floor | Nursery DIY Projects by Royal Design Studio


Stencils aren't just for walls! Decorative Artist Joanie Valenti stenciled fabulous patterns on the wood floor of her grandson's nursery.  Both the Curved Connection Moroccan Stencil and the Rockin' Roses Damask Stencil for the outer bands of the nursery's stenciled floor. It's really such an eye-catching, creative stencil project. Are you as "floored" by this project as we are?


Stenciled DIY Nursery Ideas for Walls, Floors and Canvas Art | Royal Design Studio


Royal Design Studio stencil customer Joan Chamberlain opted to create stenciled art for the nursery walls! The day and night themed nursery art canvases have beautiful mural work and you can spy our Kimono Allover Stencil adding a gentle pattern in the background. You can use this idea to create inexpensive and creative DIY canvas art! Simply stencil your desired nursery colors as the background art and then add your preferred foreground patterns like letters, numbers, silhouettes and more. Easy easy and made with love!


Sweet Nursery Ideas with Stencils | Royal Design Studio


Sweet tweets are anything but dull and our Flock of Birds Wall Stencil is perfect for a nursery.  These were stenciled twice in contrasting colors to create a glorious display of birds in flight but you can also use repeat them just once to create a simple and pretty allover wall design, too! Be sure to catch the entire Bonnie Christine Stencil Collection to see more patterns that are perfect for stenciling nurseries, children's rooms and anywhere you want to add a pretty vintage yet modern touch with stencils!


Stencils are a great way to add timeless style to the nursery as the patterns can shift easily with the decor as the child grows. We hope you have fun designing the perfect nursery for your little one and trying these affordable stenciled nursery decorating ideas!


Here are a few more Stencil Ideas for your wee little ones!

Add Fresh Style to a Room with a Stenciled Feature Wall

Pretty Damask stenciled feature wall in Fresh Style Magazine. Fabric Damask stencil from Royal Design Studio


Featured in the January-February, 2014 issue of the “Fresh Style” magazine, this pretty stenciled feature wall project illustrates how a simple Fabric Damask stencil can transform any boring and drab space into a gorgeous, artistic one of a kind dining room. Fresh Style shows how a wall stencil from Royal Design Studio gives this small dining room the look and feel of a tastefully decorated, spacious art gallery.


Dramatic Stenciled Feature Wall

For your feature wall, start with choosing one of the biggest walls in the room that preferably has no doors or windows. This will allow the stencil pattern to flow uninterruptedly. Then, select one of the bolder shades for the base paint from your favorite color palette for this wall, like the maxi teal by Sherwin Williams used for this project. Pick a favorite stencil from Royal Design Studio’s stencil collection, along with a lighter, more neutral choice of paint for the stencil to stand out when layered upon the bold base paint. Smoky grey was used for the Fabric Damask stencil in this project which gives the room a slightly more royal look. We highly recommend our metallic Royal Stencil Creme paints for any stencil project for their ease of use and awesome coverage!


Pretty Damask stenciled feature wall in Fresh Style Magazine. Fabric Damask stencil from Royal Design Studio


The stencil artist for this project not to stencil the pattern completely to the edges. Rather, the pattern fades off as it reaches the wall, adding a creative and unique touch that you can't get with wallpaper.


You can finish decorating by adding some accent tables around the room, a couple of contrast paintings from local artisans or maybe a few black n white family portraits with rustic frames around them. Even some cool artifacts bought from the nearest Pier 1 would turn on the magic for your space. Voilà! You are all done. What an easy way to decorate your room.


Follow this useful links for more stencil ideas for your home: