Whether you’re a renter, a college student, or just a commitment-phobe, temporary wallpaper adds personality to your space while coming down easily when it’s time to move. “A few years ago, thinking of using wallpaper in a rented apartment wasn’t even a choice,” says Karen Richani, an interior designer at Havenly. “Luckily, those years are gone, and now we see many options available that can instantly transform any space.”
Cheaper than hiring a pro, peel-and-stick wallpaper is easy enough to apply on your own and won’t put you at risk of losing your security deposit. We asked three interior designers to recommend their favorite removable wallpapers, along with their tips for a smooth installation.
Best botanical wallpaper
When choosing a removable wallpaper, Alessandra Wood, director of style at Modsy, recommends going with a pattern over a solid. “A solid wall might feel a little too reflective,” she say. And although you should always deep-clean your walls before applying, patterns hide minor bumps and imperfections better than a single color. She loves this banana-leaf print, an affordable replica of the famed Martinique wallpaper at the Beverly Hill Hotel.
This take on leaves, which Wood recently used in a project re-creating the Golden Girls house, comes from Tempaper, a company founded by two professional set designers.
“It is undeniable the impact that using wallpaper creates in a room,” says Richani. When she’s decorating for clients with maximalist vibes, she turns to the floral prints at Urban Outfitters, like this colorful floral pattern. Wood explains that with careful application, you can mimic a much more expensive professional installation. “You want to line up your pattern [even if] you might have to waste a foot or two to make it look more seamless and professional,” she says, and she recommends using a squeegee to smooth out bubbles under the paper.
Best graphic wallpaper
“If the style I’m looking for is more geometric, modern, and minimal, Chasing Paper is an excellent choice,” says Richani. She likes this starburst pattern that mimics a tiled wall. Lining up a print is even more important with a geometric style, and Richani advises that you “always use a level to guarantee it is going to be installed perpendicular to the floor.”
Anna Tatsioni, design expert at Decorilla, calls this gold paper “a great option for creating visual interest and covering your wall’s imperfections.” Tatsioni also says to stick with vinyl wallpaper, as it’s the most sturdy. “The heavier the paper, the higher the quality. Quality goes beyond the print to what’s happening on the back of the paper,” she says. “For the best results, the paper should be tacky and not sticky, with a water-solvent backing.”
Best textured wallpaper
Best kids wallpaper
Since they grow out of their interests as quickly as their shoes, kids and temporary wallpaper are a perfect match. Tatsioni says Wallshoppe is “a great choice if you are looking for variety in colors and patterns, and it offers more uncommon options,” like this beach-themed print that’d be adorable in a kids’ room or nursery. When it’s time to switch out the paper, Wood says a few passes with a hairdryer can loosen up wallpaper that isn’t coming off easily.
Best wall decals and murals
Instead of wallpapering an entire room, a boldly papered accent wall can make a big statement. “Deny Designs is an excellent choice when I want to enrich the room with a large piece of wall,” says Richani. “Their murals are peel-and-stick panels tiled together that can cover an entire wall.”
Wood is also a fan of using peel-and-stick murals or decals for unique-looking walls. ”They’re easier to put up and create a fun and quirky statement,” she says. In fact, Modsy’s first office was decorated primarily with removable wall decals from L.A.-based Blik, including a wall with this abstract design.
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