Painting Designs on Walls: Creative Stencil Ideas

I love the look of painting designs on walls: creative stencil ideas.  Not only does it look great, the price is much more affordable than wallpaper and when the look is no longer your thing, it’s very easy to throw up a fresh coat of paint and change a room’s direction!  Cutting Edge Stencil has tons of stencils…

Remember my houndstooth pillow!?!   I love this pattern…a duotone textile pattern often in black and white, NOT always (keep reading)!  I chose a houndstooth stencil for my office (small space in my family room), I thought it’d be a great subtle room divide.  I love how a very blank slate become super fun and stylish!  Want to see how I did it?!?!  It’s pretty straight forward!

I attached the level to the bottom of my stencil, it slides right on.  Then, using painter tape I secured the stencil to the top left corner of my wall.  With the stencil secure, I rolled Sherwin Williams ‘Chatroom’ paint all over, with a mini-roller.  (It’s recommended to use craft paint, but this is one of the colors I’d already chosen to incorporate in my home so I went with it…and it seemed to work great for me.)  Each time I moved my stencil, I overlapped the design and used the level to ensure the design was painted onto my wall straight.  When I finished the area behind my desk, I used painter’s tape to put a border around the design.  This wasn’t necessary, but I love it lots!

And here’s my new office area!  Way more fun, don’t you think!  I watched a good chick flick as I painted and it took me just over two hours.  Well worth the time!  Speaking of chick flicks, what new movies have you watched that I should catch up on!?!  Suggestions!?!

More creative stencil ideas…

Geometric Foyer (this is actually fabric, but I’d use a stencil instead)

Elizabeth Followill’s Portfolio

Craft Stencils for Furniture

Painting Designs on Walls-Creative Stencil Ideas ItsOverflowing

Cutting Edge

Fabulous Dining Room…so perfect it looks like wallpaper!

Painting Designs on Walls-Creative Stencil ideas-ItsOverflowing

Lolly Jane

2009 Idea House – Master Bedroom

Painting Designs on Walls-Creative Stencil Ideas-ItsOverflowing

Southern Living

Elegant Guest Bedroom

Dear Lillie

Stencils Make Placemats Fancy, too!

Cutting Edge Stencils

Painting designs on walls, so simple and yet such a huge impact!

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  1. Laura says:

    The houndstooth wall is amazing – such an underused pattern these days. The grey and white color palette is perfect.

  2. Little Bit says:

    Love this! thanks for finding it for me. 🙂 I’m pinning it. Little Bit

  3. Tania says:

    Oh! I love that little stenciled office wall, it gives it more definition and makes it look like an office belongs there instead of just pushing a desk up against a wall!!


  4. Beja says:

    You know the houndstooth shortcut to my heart! LOVE!!!

  5. Shirley Clarke says:

    Wow. Looks amazing.

  6. I found you from Liz Marie. I love the houndstooth wall!!! I have added you to my “Houndstooth” board on Pinterest.

  7. Faye says:

    I love the colour combination! Houndstooth is one of my favourites, great job, it makes such an impact.

  8. LOVE the houndstooth, it’s brilliant. And a lovely neutral color too.

    Chick flicks…have you seen Salmon Fishing in Yemen? I thought it sounded a little boring, but I was on a plane and had nothing else to do anyway. I loved it! Even my husband enjoyed it.

  9. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    Love it, Aimee! You turned a plain wall into something that looks great.


  11. Oh Wow, …beautiful wall treatment! And I just adore houndstooth! You did an amazing job!

  12. This is just gorgeous!!! The wall adds so much interest now!

  13. Jenny says:

    The houndstooth is perfect! I love it!

  14. That wall is stunning! I think it’s my favorite stencil look ever!



  15. Your stenciling turned out great! I am intimidated by doing any kind of stenciling. It seems like so much work and then if I don’t like it I would have to repaint. Painting is one of those dreaded tasks even though I am always so happy once it is done. Cutting Edge stencils seem to make it pretty easy though.

  16. Ah I am in LOVE with these walls!! I definitely need to pull out some stencils and get going! Love the houndstooth and the grey!!

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  17. The houndstooth looks gorgeous, very well done Aimee!

  18. Kelsey says:

    This turned out AWesome! I love it and the subtle colors are great.

  19. Pendra says:

    Wow, this is amazing! I love to stencil, I did my dining room once with a damask stencil and did it in the same background color but used a high gloss for the stenciling, it was gorgeous! Sold that house…wonder if it’s still up?? Anyway, thanks for sharing, I’m looking for new ideas for my new house!
    Crafty Hugs from your newest follower,

  20. Ruth says:

    What a difference that stenciled wall makes. It is fabulous. I really need to try this on the back of my hutch.
    Excellent job!! It is fabulous!!

  21. Wow.
    It looks stunning! What a great job. And the other ideas are beautiful too.

  22. Jaimee @ Craft, Interrupted says:

    Looks FAB!! I’ve been dying to use a wall stencil in our kitchen eating area. Saw you on Tickled Pink and came to say hello : )

  23. Oh, it’s so beautiful. My next project into the new year is stenciling my little master bedroom closet with houndstooth (when I can swing buying the stencil), but I haven’t seen it done IRL before. You did an amazing job. Gorgeous!

  24. This is perfection! What an amazing job and an amazing difference!

  25. This wall is stunning!!! I can’t believe what a huge difference it made! I would love for you to share this at the linky party on my blog for my readers to see! It just went live… I hope to see you there!!

    xx Liz Marie

  26. It looks awesome! I just finished a stenciling project (also from Cutting Edge) in my entryway. You’re so right. It adds so much pizzazz to a boring space!:)

  27. Mel says:

    Love hounds tooth and I love your office, awesome!

  28. I love houndstooth!! It turned out perfect!

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  30. Amy Anne says:

    Great project! I like the colors you used, too.

  31. cassie says:

    oh WOW i love that houndstooth wall!!!