Are you looking for a way that will give your living room a more vibrant and visually stimulating appearance?

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You may not be familiar with an exciting new technique, which will allow you to easily create a focal wall in your living room. Using a stenciling method, you can pick out any design or pattern that you desire – making this a very customizable option. This is in contrast to buying wallpaper or borders for your living room, which makes it more difficult to find the right patterns and colors together in the same item.

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Yet, you may wonder where to begin when creating a focal wall with stenciling. So, let’s cover the steps needed to perform this innovative method in more detail below.

Gather Your Materials

Before getting started you need to gather up the necessary materials. Where can you get these? Your local arts and craft store should carry a wide selection, and many home improvement retailers also have stenciling supplies available.

First, you’ll need to pick up a stencil and stencil brush, along with both a pencil and painter’s tape. Next, you need to pick out what color you’d like your wall to be, if it is not already the appropriate shade. Buy enough paint to cover the entire wall with this basecoat, as you may need to apply two coats if the color below is quite dark. You also need to purchase the accent paint, which will be the color you apply directly into the stenciling pattern.

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Finally, don’t forget to pick up some paper towels and drop cloths if you need them. You’ll also want to have a level on hand, so buy one of these too if you don’t already own one.

Lay the Groundwork

Now that you have all the supplies you need to get started, you can apply your basecoat for the primary wall color. If your wall is already the appropriate shade, just move on to the next step.

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It is important to pick out where your stencil pattern will begin, and once you have done so you can keep it in place using painter’s tape.

Start Painting

You’re now ready to begin painting within the stencil design, and there are two different methods which you can use to do so. The first is to use a very dry brush, where you’ll just place a minimum amount of paint on the bristles. How can you do this? Place your brush into the can of paint, and wipe the brush on the rim of the can. Then, use a paper towel to dab off any remaining extra paint, and you’re ready to start brushing over your stencil.

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Or, you can use a stippling technique instead, where you dab your paint brush against the wall. Rather than brushing with a side to side or up-and-down motion, you’ll be hitting the end of the paintbrush against the wall instead.

With either technique it is a good idea to hold down the stencil pattern with your hand. This is to keep paint from being applied beneath the opening – which will give you crisper lines when you’re finished.

Make the Move

After you’ve finished painting over your stencil pattern in the first position, is now time to move it. This is a delicate stage of the project, and you need to work with some precision. Otherwise, your pattern won’t match up correctly, giving your focal wall an uneven appearance. Fortunately, stencils have a built-in feature that will help you to line them up easily. Using your pencil, simply place a mark within the registration points on your stencil pattern.

Now, move the stencil over, placing it’s edge upon the last two registration points you just marked. Use your level to keep the stencil pattern on track, as otherwise, it may begin to creep up or down the wall instead.

Keep Going

Just keep going along your focal wall, following the steps covered above. You’ll paint one section at a time and then move your stencil pattern, until you cover the entire surface.

Once you’re finished, you’ll have a new and wonderful focal wall to enjoy in your living room. So, why not use this easy and powerful technique to your advantage – to add more color and light to your living room today?