Wall Stenciling Tips
As one of the easiest ways to revamp your walls, stenciling is a great solution almost any person can accomplish. With a few helpful wall stenciling tips, take on this project with newfound confidence!
1. Choose self-adhesive stencils
When working with stencils, the issue of how to attach the stencil to the wall is always a big concern. One of our top wall stenciling tips is to choose options that are already designed with some built-in adhesive for better placement and control. While there are self-adhesive sprays on the market, they can be a bit abrasive for walls. Another option is to use tape to hold the stencil in place. However, while tape will hold the stencil in place, it may leave gaps at the openings of the stencil which will allow paint to seep underneath the outline. The best solution is a self-adhesive option which will provide an even template to work with throughout.
2. Use the dry brushing method
Since most of the time, paint can be a little too concentrated, the preferred method of stenciling is called dry brushing. Dry brushing is dipping the brush or foam applicators into the paint and then gently tapping it on a paper towel or the edges of a paper plate to help remove excess paint. You don’t want the brush to be completely dry, but you do want it to be more dry than wet. This will give you more control while stenciling.
3. Try the stippling method
Another method is to take the brush from the paint and perform the above mentioned dry painting method of removing excess paint directly into the openings of the stencil. This will give you a concentrated look for a more vibrant color. You want to make sure the paint is still somewhat evenly applied so you don’t end up with too much paint or dripping paint spots which can create a messy outcome.
4. Take designs to the edges of the wall
When doing a stencil scene, many people are afraid of the edges and completely underutilize this essential area of space. It is important to fill in the entire wall to create a complete scene. Whether working with a stenciled pattern for the family room or a farmyard scene for your child, when you use all the available space on the wall, it serves to extend the scope and make everything appear more proportionate.
5. Mix and match paints
One of the easier wall stenciling tips that seems to get swept under the rug so to speak is to use a flat paint for the background and a more metallic toned paint for the features or accents. This will help make the design really stand out against the backdrop, and even creates more of a sense of movement when the metallic picks up on the light in the room.