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Stencilling the walls in your home can be a fast and imaginative way to update your decor. From fun updates to a child’s bedroom to a sophisticated personal stamp in the living room, there are many wall stencilling ideas to choose from. In fact, there are so many stencils available today, both modern and traditional, that the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Stencils can be positioned anywhere in your home. However, if you’re not feeling confident, a professional decorating company such as Scott Anson Painters and Decorators Ltd. can provide some expert guidance. If you are experimenting with stencils for the first time, there is no need to go straight to your main walls. The hallway can be a perfect place for stencils to add impact; perhaps leading up the stairs, as a border beneath the ceiling, or above the skirting boards. Floral designs look great in hallways and entrance areas, while Victorian borders offer a traditional style and Moroccan borders add a modern twist.

Depending on the size and style of your room you might choose a single feature wall, or an ‘all over’ wallpaper look that covers more space. Large, feature wall stencil designs are becoming increasingly popular and look amazing. They require less work too, as you can space them out and won’t need to focus as much on creating your own pattern.

However, larger designs tend to emphasise the boundaries of a room, bringing walls closer together. Feature walls work well in large, open-plan rooms, but smaller spaces might benefit from larger stencils on a smaller scale; soft lines and delicate colour tones create an illusion of space.

Stencilling textured walls might require more work and careful consideration, but this doesn’t mean wall stencils are unsuitable if your walls are not perfectly smooth. When stencilling a textured wall, use very little paint on your brush to prevent bleeding. Other top tips for textured walls include using a spray adhesive to attach your stencil; using low contrast colours to minimise the visibility of imperfections; and stencilling in small steps for a better finish.

There are different stencils to reflect any room theme; geometric shapes embody a modern style whereas Oriental stencils can create a bold statement, particularly when a single colour is used. White stencils are eye-catching and effective when teamed up with neutral furniture; accessories can match the walls for a pop of colour. Traditional wall stencils, such as fleur-de-lis, look great with almost any decor, providing attractive shapes in colour tones to suit your space and adding another layer of interest to your home.