Stenciling: An Inexpensive and Stylish Alternative to Wallpaper

Wallpaper has gone in and out of style like bell bottoms…in the 60s/70s it was ‘in’ style, then by the 80s it was being ripped off the walls, and now over the past decade it’s totally back (any much more updated).  But sometimes you still don’t want the commitment of wallpaper or the hassle of installing it.

The happy compromise?

Stenciling

Stenciling is an inexpensive, yet stylish way to add interest and intrigue to a wall.  With many of the modern stencil designs available, stenciling is a great alternative to wallpaper.

I’ve been thinking of stenciling one of the walls in my foyer and was inspired by these tips from the pros!

Janell from Isabella and Max Rooms created this beautiful stenciled wall that was featured on HGTV.com.  Using a stipple affect, Janell dabbed the paint on the stencil openings to avoid the paint from seeping under the stencil – – great tip!  What an amazing and dramatic space.

Another gorgeous and modern stencil design – – looks like the wallpaper that I used in my Mom Cave. This beautiful space was created by Jesse of Good Girl Gone Glad.  By using a high-gloss paint, the stencil design is a glowing contrast to the flat paint backdrop.

Sometimes the ceiling needs a little love as well…Like Stacy of Not Just a Housewife put it, “Why should the walls have all the fun??”  Well in Stacy’s bedroom makeover, the ceiling definitely had a PAR-TAY.  Using a damask stencil design, Stacy went to town on creating this eye-popping and dramatic ceiling.

You will not believe how this stenciled wall was created (hint, hint: it’s a favorite takeout dinner in many households)….OKAY, I’ll just tell you.  It was made using a pizza box.  Awesome, right?!  Shoshanna of Love Your Room had this wonderful project featured on Houzz.  Because cardboard is quite strong and durable, it made a perfect template for this very creative project.

While searching the web, I found this awesome stencil company, Cutting Edge Stencils, that makes beautiful stencils that can be used over and over again for different projects.  They have many different styles and designs to choose from.  They also have a great Stenciling Tutorial that will answer all your ‘How-To’ questions.  Their stencils are great for furniture too.

Have you done any stenciling in your home?  If so, what type of design did you choose?  And where/what did you stencil?  I’ll keep you posted on what I do with my foyer…it’s been making quite the transformation – – details to come soon!

 


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  1. says

    Hi,

    I’m so in love with your stenciled foyer wall. Is it possible for you to share the color and brand of the paint and stencil color? I would love to do this in my foyer.

    Thanks! Awesome and beautiful work!

    Asia

    • Jenna says

      The wall color and stencil are Sherwin Williams Lenox Tan – the base wall color is a flat paint, while the stencil is high-gloss finish to give the definition. It’s a great alternative to wallpaper!

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