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How to Create a Focal Wall With a Herringbone Stencil

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This herringbone stencil was the easiest project I have done in years! Today I will share all the steps I did to create this entire accent wall in under 2 hours.

A lamp on a white nightstand with a silver analog clock and white roses in a glass vase with the herringbone wall behind it.

Herringbone is a classic pattern that has been around forever it seems. It has recently become super popular in modern farmhouse design by using the pattern in unique and creative ways.

I wanted a subtle pattern on this wall, something to add interest without stealing the show. So I decided to create a subtle herringbone detail that I simply love.

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Herringbone Wall Stencil


Here are all the things you need for this project:

Have you ever shopped from Etsy? I love shopping there for many reasons. First of all, you are supporting small businesses and I am all for that. Also, the customer service is superb!

I ordered my stencil and it came in the mail in about 2 days. It was packaged perfectly. Shop owners on Etsy really care about their product and your happiness with it.


Here is the before photo, before I added any stencil.

The headboard wall before the herringbone wall stencil with a black iron bed and boho style bedding with white nightstands.
The focal wall before the herringbone stencil on an angle view with the black iron bed, boho bedding and one white nightstand.

Find the center of your wall using your tape measure and make a small mark on the wall.

Center your stencil on that mark and use the blue tape to secure the stencil to the wall.

I used about 3 pens for this wall. It’s not a big wall so if you are doing more space you might need more pens.

Follow the directions on your paint pen to get the paint flowing and once it is use the paint pen inside the stencil to create the herringbone pattern.

Remove the stencil and replace it just below what you already did. You can see at the top of my stencil is half a line which gives you a guide to know your spacing.

The herringbone stencil attached to the wall and ready for paint.

Use your level and continue to check that you stay straight! You don’t want your pattern to go at an angle down the wall.

This shows a small part of the wall with the stencil.

Continue to the left and right as well. Turn on some music, it makes the time go by faster;)

This shows the whole wall with the stencil about halfway done.

Make sure that the paint is dry before moving on to the next stencil. The sharpie does dry pretty fast. If it’s not dry some paint might get on the underside of the stencil then transfer to the wall when you move it to the next spot. You don’t want that!

The Herringbone Stenciled Wall

And here is the final product! I simply love the understated elegance of this focal wall. But if you are looking for something more striking definitely go for that black color.

The paint color on the wall is Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray and I used a white sharpie paint pen (water-based).

The finished focal wall with the herringbone stencil, a black metal headboard.
The finished herringbone stenciled wall with the black metal headboard and gray and white bedding with geometric pattern on it.
The right side of the bed and the wall with a bedside table that has a lamp, silver clock and a small vase of white roses.
this shows the focal wall with my black dog sitting on the bed.
Lilly didn’t like being left out of the action!

Other posts from this guest bedroom:

DIY Herringbone Wall Stencil pin for pinterest.
How to Create a Focal Wall With a Herringbone Stencil

How to Create a Focal Wall With a Herringbone Stencil

Yield: herringbone wall
Active Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $25

Add interest to your room by creating a focal wall with a herringbone stencil. Today I show you how to do that.


  1. Find the center of the wall and mark it.
  2. Center your stencil on the wall on that mark and secure it using painter's tape.
  3. Using your paint pen color in the lines on the stencil.
  4. Remove the stencil and move on to the next spot, lining up where you finished the last one.
  5. Make sure you check for level each time to make sure you don't go crooked.


This project doesn't take long but it's monotonous. Put on some tunes to make the time go faster.

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