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The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils

Have you ever wanted an urban style loft bedroom, but didn’t live anywhere close to the city? Jessica of Designer’s Sweet Spot didn’t let that stop her!

 The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

She created a faux brick wall for her son’s bedroom with our Brick Wall Trompe L’oeil Stencil. Can you believe that it’s not real brick?? We’ll share how she did it, so you can surprise your house guests too! 

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

This bedroom already had gray and red walls when Jessica and her family moved in. So dark and dreary! Her son was set on having a brick wall in his room, but how could Jessica manage that? She didn’t want to damage her walls with real brick or wallpaper. That’s where we come in! She found our Brick Wall Trompe L’oeil Stencil and knew she could now make her son’s dream room come to life without the hassle of putting up real brick or hanging wallpaper.

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

She decided that one of the gray walls would be perfect to stencil directly on top of because it would save time, money, and would help give the brick pattern a worn and aged look. She used a lighter gray to paint the first brick layer. She used a level and began at the center of the wall, then worked her way out. This stenciling technique is recommended because it will keep the pattern centered visually and will create a natural look for rooms that don’t have square or straight walls. To create the aged and worn look of real brick, she used an up and down stippling painting technique and did not cover the entire surface of each brick.

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

Now on to paint the second layer! Jessica used a mix of brick red, soft white,and three shades of grey to create the brick color. She lined up the stencil so that she would paint this second layer on top of the light grey layer.

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

The final coat was with a gold colored paste wax, which helped give the faux brick wall an antique appearance. She applied the wax with a large waxing brush around the edges of each stenciled brick to add more depth and character to the grout areas.

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

The Secret to a Faux Brick Wall: Wall Mural Stencils - Royal Design Studio Stencil Tutorial

Whoa! Now look at that! Even after listing out the steps for this DIY tutorial, we are still amazed that this is a faux brick wall! Has your guests had a similar reaction – they can’t believe that your stenciled room isn’t decorated with wallpaper or professionally done? We’d love to see how you used our wall stencils within your home! Email us at, share them on our Facebook Page, or you can even Instagram your projects and tag us with #royaldesignstudio.

Name This Tile Stencil to Win It!!

NAME IT TO WIN IT returns with another new stencil pattern! Our latest stencil that you can help us NAME to WIN is a new tile stencil that can be stenciled once as a focal point, around a surface to create a border, or repeated easily to create a gorgeous allover pattern. The large square size is perfect for stenciling a gorgeous faux tile pattern on walls, floors, or even ceilings! The circular element we included makes the design chic and elegant, don't you think? It will definitely be a popular addition to our Tile Stencils Collection. View full article →

Royal Design Studio Stencils on FOX’s Home Free with Mike Holmes!

“Go big or go Holmes!” We are so excited that one of our favorite stencils was featured on FOX’s Home Free with Mike Holmes! The show’s premise features couples competing to win their dream home. Each week the couples will renovate a home that will go to a deserving family, and each week a couple will be eliminated after inspection. But just when they think they've lost it all, comes the surprise of a lifetime. They were the deserving families they were actually building for. In this competition, everyone is already a winner. But the best part is they don't know it yet. So how did the episode “Go Big or Go Holmes” turn out? View full article →

13 Floor to Ceiling Transformations with Lisboa Tile Stencils

When it comes to home decorating, you really can’t beat stencils for their versatility and ability to be used to decorate surfaces in your home from the floor to the ceiling. To prove this point we present pattern filled post featuring our popular Lisboa Tile Stencil. View full article →

Walls, Floors, Furniture, Oh My! Tile Stencils are Everywhere!

Move on over plain white walls, plain furniture, and beige floors! Tile Stencils feature bold patterns and are being used in fresh new ways to create stunning home décor. Whether you opt for traditional European designs, Latin American designs, or geometric patterns, these tile stencils will give your home character and artistic flair. Still need some inspiration? Make sure to check out these 17 DIY ideas that transform anything from floor to wall to anything in between. View full article →

Update Your Home with Trendy Stenciled Walls

Stenciled walls are becoming quite the trend! And for a good reason, this trendy technique offers an easy, inexpensive way to turn any accent wall into a fashion-forward statement. But don't worry: Even if you tend to be a fickle decision maker, changing it up is as easy as a fresh coat of paint. Let these 6 trendy stenciled wall ideas kick-start your next stenciled stroke of genius. View full article →

New Designer Stencils: Italian Stencils by Alison Woolley

From her Florence-based studio, Alison creates hand painted works of art using traditional Florentine furniture painting techniques. Her inspiration? Years of training in a traditional Italian Bottega under master artisans and the rich art and design history of Italy that surround her in her every day life. Royal Design Studio stencils is proud to introduce some of her rich, historically based designs in a new Italian Stencil Collection.
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On the Up and Up: Decorate Your Home with Ceiling Stencils

Make sure to keep your chin up to look at all the beautiful stenciled ceilings out there! A ceiling shouldn’t be left unpainted while the walls get all the attention. With the help of ceiling stencils, your entire room from top to bottom can be decorated with style. These ceiling stencils feature medallions and corners that help create a traditional ceiling design. If you’re looking for something less traditional, you can also use any of our stencils to paint and allover ceiling design. View full article →

Write on! 10 Amazing Furniture Painting Ideas with Letter Stencils

Do you ever come across a plain piece of furniture that is, well, really nothing to write home about? Well, we may have the answer to your “how to paint it” problem… Letter Stencils! Royal Design Studio has a growing collection of letter, word, and typography stencils that can help you make a statement. Here are 10 inspiring furniture painting ideas that send just the right message. View full article →

Weave Together Some Style with Trendy Trellis Stencils

Personal style is created by weaving together well-loved pieces of furniture, accessories, paint, and pattern. Trellis Stencils from Royal Design Studio, with their own graceful, interwoven designs can be the perfect addition to weave your home décor projects. Trendy trellis designs are so popular today because they can intertwine fluidly (much like the pattern itself) with a variety of interior styles. This leaves lots of room for the imagination! We especially love all of the different ways our creative customers used the 6 Trellis Stencils below to convey their unique personalities. View full article →
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