My Wonderful Walls Blog — Wall Stencils
Tips for Decorating Small Spaces 0
With the tiny house movement being forefront on many home improvement television shows and on social media lately, it may have you thinking about downsizing. Whether you’re looking for your first tiny home or living in a small apartment or home now, you may have some questions about decorating small spaces. From wall décor to flooring, you can do a lot with a small amount of space and use budget friendly décor to make cozy areas appear larger.
Wall décor can often be a challenge with small rooms and open spaces. If you are trying to decorate multi-purposed rooms, try creating some separation with a stenciled wall. You can easily distinguish a work space, for example, by using patterned stencils behind your desk area. Not a fan of painting? Try some of our striped wall decals to create a stunning accent wall.
When looking at small walls, especially in a rental, art wall decals can be a simple solution. Try wall decals in the living room to add some color and class. Use border wall decals or vertical stripes to draw the eye up, making the room appear larger. You can even decorate your tiny bathroom with a cute quote wall decal like this Valentina Harper design.
By using cool paint colors on your solid walls, you’ll instantly make rooms appear airy and open. Use wall stickers and wall stencils to add pops of warmer colors and create interest. Add white or light colored furniture to help trick the eye as well. Putting large mirrors on your walls will help rooms appear bigger. Finally, when it comes to storage, go vertical by using typically unused space for shelving. Shelves above doorways, windows, beneath stairs and along hallways can be a great way to maximize storage. Corner shelving units and desks in small apartments can be a great space saver.
Once your walls are looking wonderful, you can add ceiling to floor length window treatments to draw the eye up and make ceilings appear higher than they are. Also, use colors that blend with the walls to create an unbroken line and make the room seem bigger. Curtains can be used as room dividers for open spaces or to create a room within a room.
Your floors should be light in color when you’re living in a small space. Also, use the same flooring throughout to keep the flow and avoid chopping up rooms, making them seem smaller. If you are living in a multi-family home or apartment building, installing noise reducing flooring can help prevent that “crowded in feeling”. Living in a tiny home or thinking about building one? Use sub-floor storage to help keep your clutter to a minimum.
You can also use multi-functional pieces of furniture to not only decorate but serve a purpose in your home. Try mirrors with storage shelves, drawers under beds for storage, desks that fold flat against the wall when not in use and reveal a chalkboard for the kids to draw on. With space being at a minimum, you must think a little outside of the box with your furniture.
For anyone who is struggling with small space decorating, we hope these ideas will help you. There are plenty more ideas for both DIY décor and things you can purchase when you search Pinterest. Remember to follow these tips as a guideline only and your personal touches along the way. Start with your wall decor, move on to the windows and then your floors and finally add smart furniture to help you maximize your space and no home will feel too small!
How to Accessorize an Under the Sea Kids Room 3
Many of our customers create a unique room mural with My Wonderful Walls Under the Sea Wall Stickers or stencils but to really pull a room together, you may want to add some cute ocean themed accessories. There’s no need to spend a fortune to have a well decorated kids room or nursery. Here are five of our favorite DIY nautical and beach themed décor ideas from around the web for any Under the Sea themed kids room:
- You’ll have a whale of a time creating this beautiful painted whale dresser for your baby nursery or kid’s bedroom. DecoArt gives you step by step instructions and a list of supplies with downloadable pdfs of the whale art so even the most novice DIYer can do it!
- Use what nature gave us and create this Driftwood Seahorse from Creative in Chicago. If you don’t live close to the beach, this one may be a little tough but we’ve also seen similar created with wine corks.
- Heather at Chickabug made this Starfish Salt Dough Garland for the holidays but you could adorn a window or a wall with it as well.
- Not quite ready to take the plunge and get that pet fish? Create this Mini Mason Jar Aquarium with your kiddos and give them the faux version.
- Add something magical with this DIY Bubble Chandelier from Martha Stewart. You could do this with all clear balls or mix it up with tones of greens and blues. This may be something you hang out of reach or only do for an older child.
With a few made with love accents, you can give your child an ocean themed bedroom that will be unique from any other. If you’ve created any of your own Under the Sea décor, we’d love to see it! Feel free to email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment telling us about what you did.
Parents "To Be" Create Whimsical Forest Room for Baby McKenzie 2
Parents "to be" Charles and Genevieve Foxworthy knew without a shadow of a doubt, they were looking for a fox and forest themed room for their new baby girl on the way, McKenzie. Well, once they saw our site: mywonderfulwalls.com, they looked no further! Though we also sell sticker versions of our stencil kits, the Foxworthy's went the stencil route creating a beautiful and whimsical space for their new baby girl. Read the interview we had with Charles below to hear about their nursery decorating journey:
My Wonderful Walls: What gave you the idea and inspiration for such a creative nursery project?
Charles: We have always loved foxes and thought what better way to decorate a baby girls room then to litter it with fox and forest imagery. It is also a part of our family crest which help solidify the center piece of the fox.
MWW: For whom is this Forest Themed mural intended?
Charles: The mural is going to be for my yet to be born daughter McKenzie Marie.
MWW: What made you choose this theme and what made this mural a good fit for your project?
Charles: I picked out the Forest Friends kit, mainly we did this because it had a fox in it and we have always loved foxes.
MWW: What do you think your child's reaction will be to the wall mural when she first sees it?
Charles: Well, once I finished the project I brought my pregnant wife in the room and unborn baby McKenzie kicked her, so we think she’s pretty excited to live in there.
MWW: About how long did it take you to complete the project?
Charles: I think total it took me about 6-8 hours spread out over 3 days. Progress was slow going at first while I was figuring out the best way to use the stencils on the textured wall, but after that, when I started lining up multiple stencils that used the same colors, and I had about 5 brushes with different colors going at once, things sped up considerably.
MWW: What did you enjoy most about the your mural creation experience?
Charles: The best part about the creation of the mural was probably painting those foxes they are just so darn cute and I wanted to cuddle with them.
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to the mural/room other than what came with the kit? If so, what gave you the inspiration?
Charles: Being a woodworker, I made a heart that says, "Love" out of Purple Heart, Mahogany, and Koa. It was a blast to make as well and she will be able to put it up in her kid’s room one day. I also sew and make quilts as well as some other crafts, mainly learned from my mom.
MWW: Do you have a favorite piece or favorite scene you created? If so, please describe.
Charles: Yes, the pink shell’d turtle going to eat the mushrooms reminds me of Mario Brothers.
MWW: Do you have any helpful tips for people who use our stencil products?
Charles: I have some very helpful advice, first have a plan. Put as many stencils on the wall as possible. Then pick color to pain that is shared by most of the stencils you plan to paint. Then paint all the stencils with that color by the time you finish the first coat on all the stencils the first stencil should be ready for a second coat. And repeat the process. Also, don’t try to paint in strokes, dab the paint on, and put as little paint as possible on your brush. This will help prevent bleeding on a textured wall.
Charles: The only resource I used was the how to video on the Forest Friends main page. I also read the instructions that came with the kit. I found both resources pretty useful. It definitely helps to plan the mural out since the more pieces you can paint at once the faster it goes. And the instructional video helped with the technique for painting the stencils.
MWW: Tell us your overall experience with the stencil kit and with the My Wonderful Walls folks in general.
Charles: Everyone was very, very helpful. There was a little issue where McKenzie’s name was missing a capital 'K' and I let them know. They sent out 2 corrected name tags with the correct spelling immediately and I got it like 2 days later. Best customer service ever. <(Aww, thanks, Charles!)
MWW: What else would you like us to know about you and your project?—parents are important too!
Charles: Really, I just like to be unique and this project allowed me to make my daughter's room one-of-a-kind. There is no one on this planet who will have the same layout or room as her. I feel that this room is something special I can give to her even as a baby. I know she will grow to appreciate it, love it, and make it her own. I’m glad I also put up my little wood working heart of "Love" in there as well, since it will be something that can be remembered forever.
Well, I'd say baby McKenzie is in for a real treat! A unique forest room that will grow with her for years to come. Thank you Charles and Gen for sharing your experience and beautiful photos with us!
Calming lilac colored walls compliment room and stencil colors while creating a dreamy sense of wonder. See Charles' handmade "Love" plaque above the bed - perfect!
McKenzie's bi-plane stencil flying high over mirrored closet doors - cute!
Cuddly, plush foxes sit on McKenzie's dresser in the pic below, patiently awaiting her arrival. Also, don't miss the adorable matching deer tote in the corner! - super cute!!
Forest Friends Themed Teepees Prove Our Stencil Kits Aren’t Just For Walls! 2
Back in March, our friend Connie from kokoandkoko designs in the UK asked us if she could use our stencils on fabric for a teepee art project she was planning to do with young children. Brilliant idea, right?! Connie has created many different lines of teepees and wigwams for children using a variety of designs and materials. This time she wanted to take the teepees to a new level by encouraging the children to create their own designs using our forest friends stencil kit hoping to ignite within them the same passion for arts and crafts she harbors within herself. We couldn’t wait to see how the teepees turned out! Here's what creative Connie had to say about this fun and rewarding experience:
My Wonderful Walls: How did you find out about My Wonderful Walls?
Connie: I stumbled across My Wonderful Walls while searching for reusable stencils using the Google search engine.
MWW: These teepees are amazing! What gave you the idea and inspiration for such a creative project?
Connie: Having made teepees with applique designs, I thought it was going to be interesting for children to take part in decorating and personalizing their own teepees using permanent fabric markers or paint. This project was aimed to help children develop their creativity and art skills by having fun. I also make plain teepees for doodle art where children can have hand prints, sponge art, and any doodles from their great imaginations.
MWW: What are the first names of the people who did the mural on the teepee?
Connie: The names of the children in the picture are Bithiah (girl aged 10yrs) and Shemaiah (boy aged 6yrs).
MWW: Where was your masterpiece created?
Connie: Essex in United Kingdom.
MWW: For whom is this mural intended?
Connie: This was my new design and lines of teepees and wigwams and intended for children.
MWW: What product did you purchase?
Connie: I purchased the Forest Friends Reusable Stencil Kit.
MWW: Tell us a little about why you choose this theme and what made this mural a good fit for your project?
Connie: I love nature and wildlife. The Forest Friends Stencil Kit has all of the classic nature designs that will always be appealing to little ones.
MWW: What was your son's reaction to the mural when he first saw it?
Connie: My son loved it. He was happy when I asked him to show his art skills by painting the teepee.
MWW: How long did it take to complete the project?
Connie: It took [the kids] a few days as an after school project and a weekend. My son asked if I could create another teepee to paint.
MWW: Obviously you have lots of artistic skill, but describe your artistic comfort level. Have you always had a love for arts and crafts?
Connie: I live for art, crafts, and any other creative activities. Having worked as a children's clothing and accessory designer for many years, designing is my life. I enjoy experimenting, but often I don’t have enough time to try all my designs.
MWW: What did you enjoy most about the teepee mural creation experience?
Connie: I enjoyed using the stencils to create a small indoor wildlife scene.
MWW: Was it what you had expected?
Connie: It is definitely what I expected and I would like to try different media or paint if time permits.
MWW: What did the kids think about the process/experience?
Connie: They would like to do another one. I would like them to colour a lampshade, cushion, or a canvas bag.
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to the teepee other than what came with the kit?
Connie: I added the brown and green felt at the bottom to create landscapes.
MWW: Do you have any helpful tips for people who use our products?
Connie: My advice to people is: do not hesitate to invest in one of the My Wonderful Walls mural kits and grow your creativity. You definitely will not be disappointed but will be amazed with the "WOW " results.
MWW: Did you utilize any or all of the resources on our main website (how-to videos, virtual mural maker, or customer photos)?
Connie: I did not use any videos or virtual mural maker because I had my ideas flowing before purchasing the kit. All I needed was to interpret it onto the fabric.
MWW: Would you recommend our products to others? why, or why not.
Connie: I cannot recommend your product enough. Your products are impeccably awesome, and easy to use. With your products there are guaranteed beautiful wall murals for those special people in your life.
Connie, we can’t thank you enough for sharing your experience using our forest friends stencil kit! If you’re feeling as inspired as we are, see for yourself how easy it is to have fun, and get creative with our unique stencils, stencil kits, and wall stickers. If you have a creative way you’ve used our stickers, or stencils, share your awesome idea with us in the comments! Or, let us know by email: email@example.com. Your project could be our next blog post!
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Top Customer Tips for Using My Wonderful Walls Wall Stickers and Wall Stencils! 0
We love getting pictures of My Wonderful Walls products in people’s homes and businesses and when our customers share their experiences, they often have the best tips for using our wall decals and stencils. So while we have a lot of helpful information on using our products available in our FAQ and video tutorials we thought we’d share some of our favorite customer tips for using our wall mural stencils or wall stickers from the last five years. Here’s a sampling of what our customers have shared about everything from how to stencil a textured wall to how to plan your wall mural effectively! And make sure you take advantage of code GIVING25 through 12/14 to save 25% on all wall decals and stencils.
Our walls are knockdown texture, which made stenciling a major challenge. We found success in using clear caulk on the stencils before painting the area within them. After removing the stencils and allowing the art to dry, I retouched the edges for a super crisp look. It took a lot of work but made such a difference in the finish. – Dan and Ange, Lone Tree, CO
We purchased both paint brushes and sponge tip brushes, but because of our textured walls the paint brushes did not work well and the paint leaked behind the stencil. The sponge brushes were great. - Brenna and Todd, Windermere, FL
I would definitely buy the paint kit. It takes the guess work out of figuring out what colors look good together. It saves so much time and there was plenty of paint left over. – Pauline, Las Vegas, NV
To re-create the forest theme scenes uniquely on each wall, we pulled the stencils off the walls while the paint was still wet, and then cleaned off the stencils with baby wipes. While it didn't completely prevent paint build-up, it did make it possible to re-use the stencils many times and in different ways. – Stephanie and Scott, Maine
Definitely follow the instructions and use light dabs of paint on the stencils. We poured very small amounts of paint on the edge of paper plates and on the first coat we dabbed the sponge brush almost completely dry on the paper plate before applying. Don’t be afraid to use too little paint until you get comfortable with the process. – Chris and Jennifer, Melbourne, FL
We found the wall decorating process to be fun and stress free. We would tell other couples looking to stencil their walls not to sweat the small stuff. There are no rules when it comes to creativity, and this applies to My Wonderful Walls stencils as well. – Michele and Vinny, New Jersey
Buy lots of brushes it saves so much time cleaning and washing, we bought 3 packs for 2 rooms’ worth of stencils. Also, the background color doesn't have to be too perfect but keep some back, we found that occasionally the stencil peeled a little of the background paint off, keeping some paint back meant we could quickly touch up. Colors don't have to match completely but take time to check you have alternatives for all colors, we used Dulux mix your own paint for our background colors. – Amy and Matt, Surrey, England, UK
When you lay the stencils make sure they are completely flat with no bubbles. Also, we used chalk to outline where we wanted the clouds to go. – Patricia and Judah, Alabama
The stencils may bleed a little bit. To give a more crisp finish, take a fine brush and outline all of the animals and plants. – Katie and Bryan, Collegeville, PA
Be sure to purchase Spray Mount Artist's adhesive if you're going to reuse the same stencil many times as the "sticky" it comes with does wear off. – Wendy
If you have a thin line on your stencil - use very little paint. Sometimes the lines bleed together. If they do, tear the cotton off of a Q-Tip to make it thinner, dip the stick in water, and then use it to clean up the lines. Works great! Especially with semi-gloss paint (a must for kids!) – Danielle, Marysville, WA
Start with the biggest stencil. The barn was a focal point and it was also the hardest to even out on the wall because of the size. I am glad I did that first. – Amanda, St. Louis, MO
Make a fold on the edge of the stencil to make it easy to peel off and then press the stencil down really well to avoid the paint from bleeding. We were a bit cautious on our first stencil attempt and this is the one that needed the most touching up afterwards. – Rachel and Nick, Brighton, UK
We placed the stickers on the walls with scotch tape before permanently sticking them. – Leslie and Ted, Lenoir, NC
Watch the videos! I would have never thought to draw the hill with chalk first before painting it! Out of all the work we put into her room from flooring, to crown molding, painting, decorating, organizing, I was most nervous about the hill messing it all up! The videos give you confidence that it really IS that simple! – Alicia, Pearland, TX
I used the virtual mural maker to create a basic theme, then printed the picture and used my projector to place my concept drawing on the wall. Really helped! – Ann, Pasadena, MD
Take your time and don’t be afraid to move the stickers around if you need to. – Shelley, Ontario, Canada
First, I cut out each sticker and only left a little bit of the paper backing so the edges of the stickers wouldn't get bent. It was very helpful to use painter's tape to hang the balloons and clouds first. My mom and I wanted to get an idea of what they would look like and adjust them as needed. Once we were happy with the placement, we put a tiny pencil mark on the wall as a guide to line up the edge of the sticker. It was helpful to have 2 sets of hands when smoothing out the larger stickers, but certainly doable on your own. – Emily, Bayport, NY (We definitely recommend two sets of hand with larger decals.)
I think it’s easy to look at the pictures and think wow I don't think I could do that...but believe me you can! I thought it would be really hard...or that painting the walls would be too hard...both were a breeze...and so much fun! – Amy, Altoona, PA
Have Fun! Don't be afraid to move things around.... These stickers can be moved after a minute or a year! (We know because our daughter's stickers got taken down after 18 months on the wall and went up in our new house, as good as new!) – Allison, Calgary, Alberta, Canada (If you think you may want to bring your decals to a new home later, we recommend saving the backing paper in the mailing tube. But don't worry, if you forget, we do sell backing paper on our site!)
I did find a few interesting techniques that created some fun effects. For example, the green I chose for the tulip branches was challenging to saturate. After a couple of tries I started sweeping the sponge brush lightly up and down instead of going for complete saturation and it looked like it had the texture of a leaf, flawed and imperfect but with linear patterns. I also altered the direction of the butterfly stencil so that it would look like they were swooping up and down, dancing around the room in a graceful and varied pattern. – Amy, Annapolis, MD
There you have it, right out of the mouths of parents and grandparents who have been there and done that. If you’re still not sure you can tackle a room mural yourself, visit our video tutorials and customer gallery for inspiration. Or pick up the phone and call us or hit the chat with us button during business hours! We truly believe anybody can create a beautiful mural using our products and want to see you succeed. If you’ve used our products and have a tip to share please comment below.
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