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Stylish Wall Stenciling: The Basics

How to use wall stencils to paint your space

By The Editors at HomePortfolio

It's easier than you think to use wall stencils in creating stylishly decorated rooms. Learn about your paint and stencil material needs and steps here.

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Greenwich Key Wall and Floor by Stencil Ease - HomePortfolio
Greenwich Key Wall and Floor Stencil by Stencil Ease

Stenciling Supplies

Before you begin your wall stenciling project, gather these materials:
  • painter's tape to keep the stencil in place
  • a level to put under the stencil once it's on the wall to ensure it's even
  • a pencil to mark registration points so that each time you move the stencil it's aligned perfectly with the design next to it
  • paint
  • a dense foam roller or paintbrush
  • paper towels
  • your favorite stencil.
Browse our specialty wallcovering database for stencil ideas. 

Stenciling Steps

Many stencil companies provide specific instructions on how to use their particular stencils. Some, for instance, encourage using an adhesive to affix the stencil to the wall during the painting process. Others advise holding the stencil to the wall or using painter's tape to affix certain areas.

Follow any steps that come from your particular stencil manufacturer. Here are the basic guidelines:
  1. Dip the roller or the tip of the brush in paint and wipe off excess paint on the paper towel. 
  2. Roll over or dab at the cutouts in the stencil until they are fully covered with paint. 
  3. Move the stencil to the next area where you want to apply the design and repeat, if needed.

Wall Stencil Companies

Margarita Lace Allover Stencil by Royal Design Studio - HomePortfolio
Margarita Lace Allover Stencil by Royal Design Studio
To find a stencil that matches your personality or the type of look you want to create, check out these sites for interesting designs:

Now check out these 17 modern wall stenciling ideas to complement any space.

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