Seashell Bathroom Decor Ideas – Paint Effects for Stencils

6 Sep

Many people like to add a personal touch to their rooms, and so they should as home decoration is really something that should always depict our personality. This is not also because it looks good to other people, but because it is important we feel as comfy as possible at home. One of the recurrent themes people like to add to their bathrooms is the seashell bathroom decor style. It provides the room with lots of opportunities to show off corners, accents, accessories and many other highlights that can create a great atmosphere in otherwise a boring room. Needless to say, if you are into stenciling you should have a go at creating great seashell decor around the room to make it just that little bit more unique. If you are looking for particular seashell bathroom decor ideas, here we will provide you with the information you need to achieve great paint effects when stenciling the room in this style. (**Also check out our post on bathroom seashell decorations if you want to improve the look of your scheme with a few accessories)

Choosing Colors

Take care to choose appropriate colors to create the effect you want. Stencil a practice piece onto paper and try a variation of colors to ensure you are pleased with the result. Different colors can make a design look entire different. Use spray adhesive to fix your practice paper onto the surface on which you wish to produce the design so that you can assess its effects before applying the stencil.

Applying Water Based Colors

Water based paint dries quickly, so it tends to layer rather than blend. It is best applied by using a swirling movement or gently dabbing, depending on the finished effect you wish to create. Once you have applied a light base color, you can add a darker edge for shading. Alternatively, leave some of the stencil bare and add a different tone to that area to obtain a shaded or highlighted appearance.

Blending Oil Stick Colors

Oil sticks mix together smoothly and are perfect for blending colors. Place the colors separately on your palette and mix them with white to obtain a variety of tones or blend them together to create new colors. You can also blend by applying one coat into another with a stippling motion while stenciling. Blending looks most effective when applying a pale base coat, then shading on top with a darker color.


A simple way to add highlighting to your design is first to paint in your stencil in a light tone of your main color, then carefully lift the stencil and move it down a fraction. Then stencil in a darker shade; this leaves the highlighted areas around the top edges of the pattern.


After painting your stencil use gold to highlight the edges. Load a fine art brush with gold acrylic paint and carefully outline the top edges of the pattern. Use one quick brush stroke for each pattern repeat, keeping in the same direction. Other methods are to blow bronze powder onto the wet paint, draw around the pattern with a gold flow pen, or smudge on gilt wax cream, then buff to a high sheen.

Applying Spray Paints

Spray paints are ideal on glass, wood, metal, plastic and ceramic surfaces. They are quick to apply and fast drying, but cannot be blended although you can achieve subtle shaded effects. Apply the paint in several thin cooats. Mask off a large area around the design to protect it from the spray, which tends to drift. Try to use sprays out of doors or in a well ventilated area. Some spray paints are non toxic, making them ideal for children’s furniture.

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