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There are many ways to improve the livability and enjoyment of a colonial home, however some of them can be very expensive. Perhaps the biggest bang for the decorating buck is the careful choice and application of colonial stencils. They can make a huge difference in the character and perception of a room, not only because of the design but also because of the color selections. So choose both carefully with the desired end effect in mind. One nice thing about colonial stencils is that if you have a change of heart you can always paint over them and then try out a new design later. There is a lot of flexibility, especially for the person who wants to experiment with new ideas.
Colonial border stencils
The easiest way to get started with the enjoyable and entertaining craft of stenciling is with colonial border stencils. A smaller stencil such as is typically found in a colonial border stencil is probably easier to maneuver and handle. It is a good way to learn and practice the techniques necessary for a enjoyable result. Here is a handy tip. Before actually starting work on your wall or ceiling considering stenciling on a large piece of cardboard or butcher paper just to get comfortable with going through the motions. Once you feel competent you can move over to the actual wall. This is a good technique to avoid disastrous mistakes. Of course, if you are already skilled at stenciling you won't need to take this extra step. Choosing colors is critical, so if possible buy paint locally so you can see the colors first hand.