Why stencils? Certainly you get a lot of satisfaction from doing something yourself, being artistic without needing to be an artist. But perhaps the main reason for using stencils is their flexibility. Obviously there is the colour choice. That will purely your own. But more than that, it is what you do with the design. You can really make a stencil design work for you. Some offer more flexibility than others, but even the most regimented of borders can be used in different ways if wished. Other stencils really do offer an opportunity to be creative and come up with something unique to you and your room. Take this example here. We have used CH12 Pavilion Panel No. 1 in the XL size from the Panel section of our Chinese Style stencils. It is a flowering tree or shrub in a pot in the chinoisierie style. The curving shapes of the branches on the shrub make it perfect to play around with. Yes, you can use it as we have designed it. Or you can reconfigure it. Here we have used the body of the shrub on the wall, but instead of the pot, we have extended the trunk to the floor (just seen behind the dressing table). We have continued some of the design, by just repeating sections of it, onto the wall behind the dressing table so it grows and ambles a bit but just in this corner. Finally, we have taken a section of the same stencil and stencilled it on the fabric back panel of the french style chair. As the chair fabric sections were well stuffed and therefore quite rigid, it was easy to stencil onto. If you are unsure of where to "grow" a design like this, quickly stencil it onto some paper (lining paper is good) that you can cut up into sections and stick onto the wall to test how things look. This way you can try out different things before you hit the wall itself. Once you are happy, just snap a quick photo on your phone so you have a guide to follow.