Stencils sometimes get a bad rap for looking a little amateur, but these 11 sophisticated stencil projects prove that you don't need to be a master painter to paint a masterpiece. The trick to an elegant design is starting with a stylish stencil (or crafting your own!), picking the right color palette—and then letting it loose on every surface in your home. Save these ideas for your design file, and scroll to the bottom for our list of must-visit stencil sources.
Add Some Bling to Your Front Door
As if a bright red door needed any more wow factor, designer Ken Fulk dressed up the glass panel with gilt stencils. Check out the rest of this San Fransisco Victorian on House Beautiful, and DIY the look yourself following Stencil Stories' tips for painting on glass.
Give Concrete the (Faux) Tile Treatment
Both A Beautiful Mess (lead image above) Becky from The Logbook used stencils and some white paint to completely transform a boring gray concrete porch. Don't miss Becky's final reveal, styled with string lights and an outdoor couch.
Update Worn Wooden Floorboards
Rather than use store-bought stencils, interior designer Megan Pflug plotted out her own pattern using painter's tape. See how she finished this makeover in a single weekend on One Kings Lane.
Turn Your Bedroom into a Moroccan Palace
Go over the top and stencil your entire wall in Moroccan-tile-inspired designs, as seen at Maryam Montague's Peacock Pavilions. You can buy all of the patterns shown above on Royal Design Studio Stencils.
Make Your Living Room an Oasis
This dalmatian spot design from from Lesley Myrick looks striking and sophisticated.
Deck Out an Old Dresser
You don't even need a stencil to make the geometric pattern above—the bloggers at Scotch Blue used, you guessed it, painter's tape to mark off each shape.
Make Over Your Kitchen Floor
This dining nook is so full of color and pattern, the stunning hand-stenciled floor isn't even the first thing you notice. But once you do look down, you won't stop staring. Admire this work of art over on Kitchn, and check out the full tutorial on Little Green Notebook.
Design Your Own Wallpaper
What looks like patterned wallpaper is actually a single template repeated all over the room. Elsie Larson of A Beautiful Mess used white paint pens for this project, bringing the total cost to around 10 bucks. Also check out Elsie's pineapple-patterned stencil "wallpaper."
Craft Your Own Art
A creative solution to finding affordable large-scale artwork: just stencil your own. Learn how to turn a stencil and some craft paint into shibori-style art over on Bre Purposed.
Get a Change of Scenery
Stenciling doesn't have to be bitsy or geometric. Me & Mrs. Jones used large chinoiserie-style stencils to embellish the front of a wooden dresser.
Make an Entrance
Sarah from Live a Little Wilder shows us two ways stencils can up our front door decor: A DIY monogrammed doormat and freshly-painted house numbers.
Or, you can just dress up the inside. Simple Details shows you how to transform an IKEA runner into something elegant and patterned.
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