This collection of modern wall stencils is perfect for creating accent walls and getting the look of wallpaper on a budget!
I love to use wall stencils to create a faux wallpaper look.
I love to paint accent walls because they provide an interesting focal point in a room, but don’t completely overwhelm the space with too much busy pattern.
If this is your first time painting with stencils, I recommend starting with a smaller wall, just to get the hang of it. Small bathrooms and laundry rooms are perfect for this!
The more intricate the stencil, the more difficult it will be. If you choose a very detailed pattern, it might be best to go for a more subtle worn look so you don’t have to come back and touch up every single line. This will look best if you choose two lower-contrast colors.
Take it from a girl who’s done A LOT of stenciling. You don’t want to spend hours and hours touching up every tiny detail!
Test the Colors
I also recommend testing your stencil on a piece of tagboard from the dollar store or an old scrap of wood before going straight to the wall. This will give you a change to experiment with colors and decide how much contrast you want and how bold you’d like your allover wall pattern to be.
The photo below isn’t a wall stencil, but you can see how different the pattern will look, depending on which colors you choose, and the level of contrast between them.
Bigger is Better!
You’ll notice that these are all LARGE wall stencils. Most are around 24″x36″. This is important because the larger the stencil, the fewer times you’ll need to take it off the wall, wash all the paint off of it, dry it, and re-place it on the wall. They do cost more than smaller stencils, but that extra $15 or so will save you many hours. Trust me!
How to Stencil a Wall
The following post will give you detailed instructions on how to stencil a wall: