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.

Pro Tips for a Successful Stencil Project!

Stencil tips and techniques from Royal Design Studio

We're always sharing fab stencil ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and Facebook, but one of our most popular shares is the Stencil Tips series! Every time we create new stencil finishes and DIY stencil projects for you in our studio, we post them in the How To Stencil section of our website and we like to share individual nuggets of information to help make stenciling that much easier.  Plus, many of our Stencil Tips address some of the most popular questions we receive. Ready to stencil like a pro? Let's do it!


Two of the queries we are commonly asked are "How do you prevent paint from seeping under the stencil?" and "How do you clean a stencil?". Both are GREAT questions and we cover each of them in our How to Use Basic Brush Stenciling Techniques.  We feature the brush techniques using our Royal Stencil Cremes since they are paints made specifically for stenciling and their consistency and opacity will help you create a better project. The right products make it! Even when using acrylic paints, the key is to keep as "dry" a brush as possible -- this will help make clean-up a breeze, too, so be sure to click on the brush stenciling link for more.


If you've been using stencils with one color, it's time to step up your game! To add depth to your stenciling, lay the stencil back over your first color and stencil in another. For our stenciled floorcloth tutorial, we shaded the outer edge of the flower petals in a light blue over a deep charcoal for added dimension and interest. This stencil tip will also help you in adding highlights and shadows for a more three-dimensional effect, too. Have fun experimenting! 



Sometimes, a color can be too bright and you just need to knock it back a bit - it happens! Our next Stencil Tip is to use an antiquing glaze to help tone down the brightness while adding a rich layer of depth and color to your stencil project. You can see the full project results and step-by-step how-to on our Creative Coloring & Antiquing with Stencils how-to!



Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is a revolutionary furniture paint and we use it frequently in the studio! One of the most popular stenciling tips we ever shared was that you could place paint colors side by side and then stencil them with a roller for an organic and forgiving multi-color look. So pretty! The Stencil How-to was for our Faded Silk Suzani Stencil Fabric Finish -- a perennial favorite. Be sure to offload well!  



Who says you have to stencil with just color?  Not us! In fact, we recommended a cool twist on stenciling in our Stamping the Splendor Damask Stencil How-to.  Using rubber craft stamps & ink to help stencil in your pattern - now there's a way put an even MORE personal stamp on your projects!  Be sure to click on that link to see the lovely final results!

We're always striving to inspire you with stencil ideas and we hope these tips help enhance your next stencil project! Do you have any tips you'd like to share or have any questions for us?  Let us know in the comments - we'd LOVE to hear from you!

Take a look at these extra stencil project tutorials just for YOU...


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!


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!!