Tuscan style stencils are used to enhance and compliment Tuscan style decorating. Tuscan motifs can be used as borders, such as grape vines, or a focal point with mural stencils. Stenciled motifs add an old-world elegance and provide charming detail to a room decorated in the Tuscan style.
Things You'll Need
- Tuscan style stencils
- Brush sponge
- Repositional adhesive spray
Tuscan Decorating Stencils - Where to Use Them
Tuscan stencils are versatile and will add the finishing touch to any area with Tuscan décor. They can look good in the
• Kitchen - Tuscan stencils can create a grapevine outline on the wall behind the kitchen sink.
• Dining room - Create in interesting look, on the ceiling, by stenciling a Tuscan pattern around the dining room light.
• Living room - Create the look of a Tuscan countryside, or use Trompe l'oeil window stencil, to give a glimpse of the Italian landscape
• Bedrooms - Use a Tuscan stencil repeatedly, all the way around the room, close to the ceiling or half-way up the wall as a dado rail.
• Bathrooms - Outline the mirror or shower with Tuscan style stencils.
Tuscan Décor With Stencils - How to Apply
The Tuscan style of decorating is popular with home owners. Tuscan motifs, accomplished by using stencils, add the finishing touches to a Tuscan style room.
• Use acrylic or dry-brush oil paint. Acrylic comes in a multitude of colors, is easy to clean up the stencils between colors, and dries quickly. Dry-brush oil paint does not smudge when applying multiple colors, will not bleed, and can be used on any surface.
• Clean the wall thoroughly. Use chalk to mark any type of lines needed to follow.
• If repeating the pattern as a border around the room begin at the corner opposite the door. (Picture rail height is 88 inches, dado rail height is 48 inches.)
• Spray back of stencil with a repositionable contact spray adhesive. This allows you to move and reposition the stencil up to 7 times. Position Tuscan stencil at chalk line and ensure the stencil is tight against the wall to avoid bleeding.
• Dip brush or sponge into the paint, wipe off most of it on a cloth, and apply the paint using an up and down motion. Always begin at the outside of each stencil cut out and work towards the middle.
• Let dry. Clean brush or sponge thoroughly before applying additional colors. The lightest color should be applied first.
• For Tuscan murals follow the directions for positioning the multiple stencil layers correctly.
Tuscan Style Stencils - Where to Find
There are free patterns that you cut out yourself but to get a clean line and the quality material purchase the Tuscan style stencils. The stencils can be found at your local interior design retail store or online. To find a variety of Tuscan stencils for borders, wallpaper, and murals use your browser and search for 'Tuscan stencils'.
Tips & Warnings
- Decorating with the Tuscan style brings a touch of the Old World in to a home. Using Tuscan stencils is a great way to compliment your decor or add a touch of the Italian countryside to a room.
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