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Muted vs. Intense: What’s Your Stencil Style?

Choosing the Perfect Stencil Colors: Bold and Subtle Stencil Design Ideas

Good Morning, my stencil loving DIYer’s! Hope you’re having a terrific Tuesday morning.  If you haven’t already entered our blog giveaway then go do it pronto.  See I told you this was a terrific Tuesday morning!  Today we’re chatting about the effects that color can have on a stencil design.

There are so many ways that you can use colors to enhance a stencil design on your wall.  Depending on your color choices you can take a very intricate pattern and give it a very soft and muted affect. At the same time, if you choose to use high contrasting colors, your wall can make a bold statement.

What's your stencil style? Soft and Muted or Intensely Bold. See how color can make a design difference.

Both looks can be stunning. It is really comes down to personal preference.

Go Bold or Go Home!

The Shipibo stencil really pops in this bedroom because of the high contasting colors like the navy blue against the white.

This room is so bold and beautiful!  Ange, the stencil queen from Blooming Hydrangea, took a risk with a dark color like hale navy HC-154 paired with the Shipibo Stencil and boy did it pay off!  She definitely was going for a bold accent wall in her bedroom.  She says “I love the dramatic wall in my bedroom, it took my bedroom from boring to amazing!”  Using a dark color against a very light color really made her stencil pop.   Then she added bright pops of pink using Benjamin Moore’s rhubarb 2007-30!

Blame It On The…

We could blame it on the rain but that won’t help! And we really shouldn’t  blame the eye catching effect of the accent wall on the stencil design.  It’s not just design itself that brings the pop to this room, but rather the contrast of the colors.  Here is an example using the Zamira stencil design that is just as intricate as the Shipibo but Nina, from Creative Spark used a more muted color palette which tones down the intensity of the design. A gorgeous family room, don’t you think?

Beautiful family room! Love the subtle Zamira stencil as an accent to this living space.

Tone It Down!

Are you cringing at the thought of those bold colors entering your home?  Then maybe tone on tone is more your style.  Subtle stencil designs does not equate to boring.  Natalie, from Johnny in a Dress, nailed it when it comes to putting together a serene space using the Zamira Stencil.  Using a two shades of gray like nightingale AF-670 and cinder AF- 705 with small pops of mustard yellow in the room’s accents.

A very subtle use of the Zamira stencil using various shades of gray.

Get Your Sheen On!

Remember it takes courage to use dark colors in your space.  So if you’re already taking a leap with a dark color consider using various paint sheens in your stencil design.  Heidi, from Mama Says What, is the mastermind behind this gorgeous bedroom. She used a flat paint and then stenciled the Moroccan Dream pattern in a high gloss in dark gray to create a really beautiful and elegant look.  To get this look, use a dark gray like Benjamin Moore’s silhouette AF-655, a sultry gray that can turn an unremarkable room into a lush, sumptuous space!

Dreamy looking bedroom uses two different paint sheens (flat and high gloss) to make a simple Moroccan Dream Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

Stencil and Color Tips to keep in mind:

1. If you want to stick with one color but want dimension – paint your background with a flat finish paint and then stencil on top with the same color but with a either a semi or a high gloss.

2. If you love a stencil design but feel like it is too busy for your space, just choose a stencil color close to your background color. I suggest taking your color deck and finding the color that is either a step lighter or darker from your background.

3. Don’t be afraid of going for it!! If you try a bright paint color with a dramatic stencil;  it can look gorgeous. If you don’t like it, you can always paint over it right?

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~Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew


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