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Wall Decals 2.0
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.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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When You Can't CommitContinue to 3 of 8 below.
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When You Want Architectural Interest
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.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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When You Want Art Without the Nail HolesContinue to 5 of 8 below.
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When You Need Scale
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.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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When You Need a Distraction
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.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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When You Want a Room to Feel Bigger
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.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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