Wall Stenciling: A New Way to Decorate Your Home


Want your home to look more stylish and elegant at the same time? Well, wall stenciling is one of the latest trends that you must try. Creativity in every field is touching heights these days, including home decor too. Presently, wall stenciling is at its best. Gone are the days of themed wallpapers, large sceneries or picture frames, which were used to be considered as the finest in terms of the interior designing.

The wall stenciling is one such simple way of decoration, which can be prepared even by an amateur artist. And, this is the reason why it has become a feasible option in home decor.

Interior designer Husnain Heptulla, along with Delhi-based creative director, Vandana Khosla, will take you into the details of wall stenciling while giving the basic tips to try it on your own.

What is Wall Stenciling?

In simple words, wall stenciling is duplicating an image on the surface of the wall with the help of a stencil (which serves as a template for making the outline of the image), or either making it free-hand through a permanent marker. After replicating the design, colors are filled in the spaces in order to create a complete image.

Popular Patterns and Designs


The foremost step that must be taken while planning to create a wall stencil is deciding upon the suitable design or pattern according to the wall-texture, be it in bricks, tiles or any other type. Husnain suggests more of nature-inspired designs in order to give a calming effect to the room, or any kind of the arboreal pattern that will give a landscape-effect to the house. Floral, nursery, border, damask (woven fabric) or classical are the best possible categories of designs while doing it for the first time. A self-designed stencil can also be created as per the individual’s taste and preferences, but it can only be done by experts, who possess the necessary skills and techniques required to do it. If you want to add more depth to the paint, use a contrasting color to stencil the design over the base coat of the wall.

Living Room & Bedroom

Each room has its own unique characteristics, whether it’s a bedroom or living room. Therefore, decorating a living room can be totally different from designing a more private space, such as a bedroom. The living room can be done with abstract patterns in pastel shades, while adding a spiritual aura to it. Whereas, a bedroom can be styled up with more of cheerful and happy-looking designs, recommends Husnain. He says, “Using scenes from a memorable trip abroad, snowflakes, and picket-fence themes give a more personal favor to the room shared by a married couple”.


Talking about the kid’s room, the interiors should not be designed with a serious tone. It should be done in a way that it eases up the kid’s mind, while not transforming it into a study room. Duplicating a scene from your kid’s favorite book is a good idea, or you can also pick some animated figures to give your child a soothing atmosphere.

Stencilling in the Kitchen Area


Kitchen enables us to display our culinary art; so one can decorate the kitchen space with a whole lot of stenciled strokes. Designer Vandana Khosla informs, “Use stencils or cabinets or floors in a unique way and surprise your guests with your expertise in this art. If you have a cabin in the hardwoods, use stencils of black bear, moose or deer, going one per cabinet centre. To add contrast to wood walls opt for white cabinets and stencil black-and-white checkerboards along the edges”.

Colors and Background


The base is the foundation of good stenciling design. The background color or the base coat serves as a precursor to a wall stenciling. The contrasting shade should remain subtle in the living area or the library, while it could be loud in the bedroom or any space of entertainment. Some of the subtle hues can be peach, mauve, grey, chocolate brown or even sandy brown. While, shades like red, green, or blue will serve as the contrasting agents. The colors must be used in a balanced proportion; otherwise, they can create an extra-loud effect in the house.

Why Stenciling?

Wall stenciling has its own appeal and charisma. It works excellent in highlighting features, like fireplaces and arches, while making them more fascinating and good-looking. Wall stenciling is outreaching more people not only because it’s in trend right now, but also because of its affordability and creativity. According to the interior designers, it is more innovative and fun to do wall stenciling, therefore, heads the league while leaving behind the idea of wallpapers, feature-wall type, as well as textured surfaces. When combined with the perfect lighting, a stenciled wall will not only provide a long-lasting effect, but will look stunning too.

Try Wall Stenciling at Home


Have a look at these simple steps given by Vandana Khosla that you can follow as a beginner:

  • Choose the wall for stenciling, and then select the type of the stencil.
  • Select the colors. If the background color needs to be changed, keep in mind the new color you choose while you decide colors for the stencil design.
  • Apply the base coat (if you want to change it), or if not, give a touch-up to the areas, which are dirty. Make sure that the wall is clean and dirt-free before you proceed to the next step.
  • Identify the right place with the help of a laser level in order to stick the stencil. Mark the spots using a pencil. If the stencil is needed for one area, or randomly, you may still need a laser level in order to get a straight line for sticking the stencil at the correct place.
  • Now, stick the stencil at the correct place, and follow the instructions provided below:
  1. Start stenciling with one color at a time with the help of a stencil brush and paint. Follow the instructions given with the stencil paint you bought.
  2. Carry on with the stenciling until all the colors are finished. Make sure that the paint has dried properly before removing the stencil from the wall’s surface. Keep the stencil on the next location to finish the whole wall.