Melanie Royals, founder of Royal Design Studio


Melanie Royals Founder of Royal Design StudioA self-taught artist and entrepreneur, Melanie Royals has developed a reputation as a leading innovator, stencil designer and educator in the decorative finishing industry.

As the founder and creative force behind Royal Design Studio since 1991, Melanie Royals has shared her vast experience, original ideas and passion for paint and pattern through numerous television appearances, books, instructional videos, websites and workshops offered at the finest teaching studios throughout the country at at her San Diego studio.

Royals has helped to pioneer many looks and decorative treatments with stencils, paint and plasters that have become industry staples, such as free form stenciling, allover and embossed patterns and layered pattern. The exclusive Extraordinary Stenciled Effects program that Melanie developed is taught throughout the country at numerous studios and through a extensive video and book series-helping many decorative painters to introduce sophisticated patterned finishes into their portfolios and discover hidden talents within themselves.


The author of Trompe L'oeil Murals Using Stencils, which sold over 30,000 copies, Melanie's second book, entitled Painted Illusions was released in September 2004 and features many of the Extraordinary Stenciled Effect Techniques that are unique to Melanie's ìsignature looks. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Christopher Lowell, Kitty Bartholomew's Your Home and Our Place on HGTV. She is a regular contributor to the trade magazine The Faux Finisher, writing informative painting articles for that publication on a quarterly basis.
Active in the decorative painting field since 1983, Melanie was also one of the first members of SALI (Stencil Artisans League, Inc.), joining back in 1984. She was honored by this international organization in being invited to appear as the Keynote Speaker at the 20th annual convention, held in July 2005 in Baltimore, MD.

Modello Designs

In the Fall of 2003 Royals introduced another exciting and innovative new concept for the creation and application of decorative designs on interior and exterior surfaces, Modello Designs Decorative Masking Patterns.  Modello Designs represents a completely custom option for decorative painters, interior designers and architects: Custom designs, custom-sized and cut to order from a wide variety of material options. Modello Designs offers a revolutionary new approach to surface decoration, opening up a whole new range of options for innovative techniques and applied pattern on walls, ceilings, floors, glass, wood and concrete.

Paint + Pattern

Her latest design adventure involves launching a personal design blog Paint + Pattern where she highlights all forms of surface decoration and shares ideas and progress on her latest studio projects.