Ceilings tend to be overlooked and are usually painted white. When planning new renovations, they do not usually feature at the forefront of our designs. And since we don’t spend much time looking up, we usually want them to blend into the background. Yet thoughtful use of stencils can add a touch of whimsy to a room or create a dynamic focal point for an interesting light fixture.

The great thing about stencils is that they do most of the work for you. Children can use stencils and produce stunning patterns. And anyway, if the stencil is on the ceiling, no one is going to notice if it is less than perfect unless they are willing to climb a ladder for a closer look.


Stencils work really well to highlight central light fittings and there are many designs and styles to choose from to complement your decorating style. Cutting Edge Stencils offers a broad selection from intricate Indian and Moroccan mandalas to sophisticated damasks or lively and fun creations for nurseries and children’s rooms. Recreate the sumptuous elegance of ages past by using gold metallic paint around your chandelier. I recommend removing the light fixture before you begin as it may be awkward to work around.


Though stencilling is not difficult, working looking upwards can add a little difficulty. It is a good idea to practice first so that you are confident in your design, color choice and stencilling technique before attacking the ceiling. Use a piece of board or card or even a wall in your garage. The stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils are reusable so you can practice as much as you like. You may also have matching light fittings you wish to adorn.


Cutting Edge Stencils recommends using stencil spray adhesive to keep the stencil in place, as well some blue painters tape around the edges since gravity is working against you. Make sure you don’t overload your roller with paint so it squishes under the stencil and apply medium pressure. Pressing too hard can also result in some bleed.


If you want to add a little texture, try using plaster instead of paint. Victoria Larsen Stencils says that if you can spread frosting on a cake, you can create durable, raised designs using Venetian plaster or even common pre-mixed grout compound. The stencils for plaster need to be a little thicker, around 14 mil so they hold up to repeated use and troweling.