Stencils – the new faux finishes

There are so many fun ideas out there for wall treatments right now. Paint has always been the easiest way to make a dramatic change in the look and feel of a room. Then there were faux finishes – ragging, stucco-like looks, marbleizing, etc. Now there are these fabulous stencils out there to add patterned interest to small or large areas of a room. Check these out:

For an elegant look:

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Or a botanical theme:

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How about a Moroccan tiled look, a style that’s found quite a footing lately:

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Or last but not least, a just plain fun look:

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All of the above come from Cutting Edge Stencils. You can find them here, along with dozens of others designs to whet your creative appetite:

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/

I have not used one of these yet, but have read of others using them. What I hear is that they adhere well to the wall so that the paint does not drip down behind the stencil, and the registration marks on the stencils are easy to use so that if the design is a repeating one, it’s not hard to get the repeat to come out accurately. Right now I’m in the process of rethinking our family room, and one of these is definitely on the list of strong possibilities!