The Commitmentphobe’s Guide to Wallpaper
Removable wallpaper is the answer to your decor woes.
Updated Oct 17, 2018 4:36 PM
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It’s safe to say that wallpaper is having a moment. Based on the number of new wallpaper launches, it’s clear that patterned walls and bold artistic statements are here to stay. Yet as any designer will tell you, installing traditional wallpaper is a timely and expensive process that’s best left up to the pros, which is why we love the peel-and-stick variety—it’s a genius solution that lets you take patterned paper into your own hands.
Whether you’re trying to hide the ugly floors in your rental or making a faux-tile backsplash without the commitment, peel-and-stick wallpaper is a genius idea that lets you DIY the world of wallpaper—and easily remove it when you want to change things up. With peel and stick on the rise, we asked some of our favorite designers which brands they prefer best. If you’re looking to reap the eye catching benefits of wallpaper without the “it’s going to be there forever” mindset, check out these innovative, totally on-trend brands.
Chasing Paper’s name has become synonymous with high-quality, affordable removable wallpaper thanks to its huge range of prints and patterns, and continuous creative artistic collabs, with a wide range of patterns, from those that channel the 1970s nostalgia to whimsical prints that don’t take design too seriously.
This plant-inspired design by Kelly Ventura is one of Shea McGee of Studio McGee’s favorites, while Joanna Hawley of Jojotastic loves Chasing Paper because “their patterns are so gorgeous,” and you can shop their collection by color story.
Designer Lindye Galloway champions this company that began as one stay-at-home mom’s creative outlet. Since its inception, Urban Walls Decals has grown to include hundreds of luxe prints ideal for any room that needs a bit of extra movement, depth, or added personality.
A favorite of HGTV’s Property Brothers, Stik Wood is a specialty wall finishing made from small wood planks that easily stick to your wall for a super chic, expensive-looking finish that’s also super cost-effective. The company uses reclaimed and sustainable wood planking that adheres easily, making the installation process remarkably simple. Designer Lauren Raskin says, “I love the organic feeling and options they offer. The wood planks are so different and add a textured look to any space.”
Wallshoppe creates made-to-order removable panels in vibrant graphic prints, muted pastels, bright palms, and more. Ashley Burdette of Sugar and Cloth loves this shop for its broad selection of fashion-forward prints that range from charming to edgy, graceful to whimsical. Each one can easily be mixed and matched with the next.
Wallpaper manufacturer Flavor Paper is a personal favorite of designer Neffi Walker and has an easy-to-remove line called EZ Papes. These options are installed simply by dipping the wallpaper under water and then hanging. It comes down just as easily, as the material is water strippable, and comes in tons of ultra graphic designs.