When It's OK to Use Wall Decals

  • 01 of 08

    Wall Decals 2.0

    Wood wall mural
    Faux wood wall mural. Wall Sticker Company

    Small-scale wall decals such as quotations and silhouettes of birds and trees are all over the place.  So much so, that you're probably really over them. You may not be aware, however, that there are whole-wall treatments available that give the look of wallpaper minus the messy application process.  There are also single large-scale decals that make a major statement, and lend a note of drama and sophistication to a room.  Finally, there are giant wall stickers that mimic architectural features like stone, brick, or windows. 

    Take a look at this rustic wood-planked wall, for instance.  Wouldn't it be nice to have this kind of character in your home?  Can you tell it's a giant wall sticker?  This whitewashed wood wall sticker adds instant charm and lends texture to a blank wall. 

    While it's safe to say we're over the flora and fauna motifs and inspirational quotations, there may be more to wall decals than you thought.  Not only are they a great solution for commitment-phobes because they are completely remove-able, vinyl wall decals, wall stickers and murals are also a great solution for renters who aren't allowed to paint or hang wallpaper.  They're also perfect for short-life spaces such as nurseries or kids' playrooms.

    Read on for when it's OK to consider a wall decal or mural.

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  • 02 of 08

    When You Can't Commit

    honeycomb wall decal
    Honeycomb decal. Etsy

    Smaller decals carefully laid out in a repeating pattern can give you the look of a trendy geometric wallpaper without the same level of commitment.  This is a perfect solution if you rent, move frequently, or simply like to redecorate a lot.

    Honeycomb Wall Decal from Etsy

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  • 03 of 08

    When You Want Architectural Interest

    stone wall mural wayfair
    Faux stone wall mural. Wayfair

    The high ceilings of this room are crying out for extra drama, and a giant wall sticker that mimics the look of an expensive stone wall fits the bill.  This would be perfect for a fireplace wall, too.  Other similar wall stickers give the look of wood-planked walls, or even exposed brick.

    Faux Stone Wall from Wayfair 

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  • 04 of 08

    When You Want Art Without the Nail Holes

    vintage fabric wall mural
    Vintage floral wall mural. Walls Need Love

    Sure, you could hang a gallery wall or try to find a large piece of artwork to fill the space over your couch or around your flatscreen TV, but a giant wall mural adds tons of drama and turns a blank wall into a work of art without a single nail hole.

    Wall Mural from Walls Need Love

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  • 05 of 08

    When You Need Scale

    chrysanthemum wall decal
    Floral wall decal. Fathead

    Wall decals are often sold as sets but beware of relying on these to give you the dramatic effect you're after.  Often, there aren't enough decals in a set to adequately fill a space, leaving you with less "wow" and more "meh."  You can, however, make a big impression with a single large-scale decal like this scene-stealing chrysanthemum.  Different from run-of-the-mill floral decals, the scale and variety of colors in this one make it special.

    Large Wall Decal from Fathead 

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  • 06 of 08

    When You Need a Distraction

    Large wall decal of a tree
    Tree wall decal. Etsy

    Like the chrysanthemum in the preceding image, this large-scale tree decal draws all the attention, effectively detracting from the fact that the bed doesn't have a headboard. This one is also positioned off-center for extra interest.  Large wall decals attract the eye away from problem areas, making them a great solution for rooms with awkward layouts, weirdly positioned air vents or other eyesores. 

    Tree Wall Decal from Etsy

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  • 07 of 08

    When You Want a Room to Feel Bigger

    Chevron wall decal
    Chevron wall decals. Walls Need Love

    Horizontal stripes on people can be a mistake, but they can do wonders on the wall of a small room.  If you can't--or simply don't want--to use paint, simply apply vinyl in bold cabana stripes or trendy chevron to achieve a room-widening effect as well as instant style.  

    Chevron Stripes from Walls Need Love

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  • 08 of 08

    DIY Wall Decals

    DIY wall decals
    DIY wall decals. Home Made Modern

    Are you the DIY type?  Check out Home Made Modern for a round-up of ways to make your own vinyl decals that are perfectly on-trend.

    DIY Wall Decals from Home Made Modern