What to do when you can’t choose between so many gorgeous Moroccan wall stencil patterns in the Royal Design Studio Moroccan wall stencils collection? Well, we think that LA-based decorative artist and interior designer Rachel Goddard of Paint|Design|Decor cam e up with an ideal decorative solution. In a design project for her own home, Rachel used a variety of Moroccan stencils in a clever “board and batten” wall treatment to update her son’s nursery into little boyhood.
Board and Batten walls are all the rage these days, and they can range from very simple DIY installations of straight-edged boards to more complex treatments such as Rachel’s, which features molded edges and mitering that requires more finish carpentry skills. The crisp, white painted boards make beautiful frames for the colorful Moroccan stencils that Rachel did in a limited palette of bright colors. If you were starting a stenciled feature wall project like this from scratch you could easily complete your stenciling first on separate boards, prior to installation or even directly on the wall if you are simply framing it with the molding for a faux board and batten treatment.
How to Get this Look!
- Choose at least 5 different stencil patterns with a similar theme, but with a VARIETY of scales (some small, some large) for more interest. The Royal Design Studio stencils used here were: Endless Circles Lattice , Moroccan Key , 8-Pointed Moroccan Stars , MarrakechTrellis , Moorish Fleur de Lis , Moroccan Star Diamonds , Hollywood Squares , Sun Flower , and Lisboa Tile .
- Stick with a limited color palette and vary the colors used when you repeat the patterns. Note how Rachel paired several shades of neutral gray with bright yellow, red, blue and purple. The gray provides both a calming and unifying effect.
- Use a good quality latex paint and have sample sizes mixed to provide the perfect amount of paint for this type of stencil project.
- Leave some negative space to give the eyes a rest. Note how Rachel left solid blocks of color here and there.
- If Moroccan stencil patterns don’t fit your design scheme, consider using a range of Modern Wall Stencils or Floral Damask Stencils . Mix, match, and have fun!