To make a case for removable wallpaper, we're going to play a game of word association, home décor edition. When we say wallpaper, what do you think of? If your grandmother's living room decked out in velvet chintz comes to mind, we're about to turn that negative thinking pattern around. When done right, wallpaper is the best way to give a room what it's missing, whether that's a touch of whimsy, refinement, or color.
But that still doesn't address the very messy application process as well as the issues of affordability and commitment that are associated with traditional wallpaper. Here's when removable wallpaper swoops in to save the day. Trust us, it's the unsung hero of home décor options. Not only is it super simple to set up, it's also a lot more versatile than you may think. Read on to find out why you should be using it in your permanent home or rental, and how you can get the most out of it. It's time to show your walls some love.
Who Should Use it
While removable wallpaper is ideal for anyone, it's particularly good for commitment-phobes and renters. Whether you're caught between a few patterns or colors and don't want to take the plunge with one wallpaper design, or you have a strict landlord breathing down your neck, removable wallpaper will accommodate your decorating needs.
Beyond being a good alternative for renters and those of you experimenting with design options, removable wallpaper is also a lot more affordable than the traditional sort. Elizabeth Rees, founder of the chic wallpaper firm Chasing Paper, explains that this is because you don't need to buy a whole roll. Rather, it's sold in tiles, allowing you to spend only on how much you'll need and avoiding excessive waste. Better yet, there are tons of great retailers who sell online, making it even more convenient.
How to Apply It
Considering that DIY projects are named after their supposedly easy assembly process, it's pretty frustrating when you follow the directions exactly as they're written, and still can't do it yourself. DIY enthusiasts, rejoice. When it comes to removable wallpaper, you really can do it all on your own. We spoke to Christiana Coop over at removable wallpaper studio Hygge & West to get the inside scoop regarding the setup process.
She explains that the tiles are designed to be applied like a giant sticker, which is as easy (and satisfying) as it gets. Indeed, once you have a smooth, clean surface, all you have to do is peel the paper off of the backing to stick it onto the given surface. That being said, you do have to ensure that you line up repeating patterns (and don't forget to smooth out the air bubbles). Not only is it removable, it's also reusable, so save the backing and take it with you if you're playing musical chairs, apartment-rental version. Time to go get crafty!
Creative Ways to Use It
With removable wallpaper, you can create statement walls galore, but it doesn't stop there. You can also use it to glam up your drawers, brighten up your backsplash, and more. It's perfect if you want to incorporate print (paint won't let you do so), which will add more texture and dimension to your home. You can reinvent your space without the consequences of permanence, so if you get bored of seeing a sea of pink in your cabinet, you can swap it out. We've also seen the tiles applied to stair risers, which can elevate your entryway from zero to 100.
Removable wallpaper is a good way to keep your things clean in a rental, and adding prints to your place will create a cozy, beautiful environment where small, everyday moments can be enjoyed, making it feel more like a home.
Dress up your walls by shopping our removable wallpaper picks below, and then share your hacks and ideas with us!
This print is playful in design but low-key in color scheme, so it'll work in any environment. Why not show your sock drawer some extra attention?
A classic floral print, this wallpaper design was inspired by traditional calico designs. We think it'd be perfect in a small bathroom.
This would be great in a bedroom, particularly a nursery. And since they can't stay little forever, you can swap it out for something more grown-up when the time comes.
We can see this motif installed in a moody library, or if your space is small, lining the bookshelves in a reading nook.
A daydream indeed. Show some whimsy with this hand-drawn bird print. The splash of orange is a great way to introduce some color without drowning out the entire room.
Bring astrology indoors with this phases of the moon design.