21 Beautiful Removable Wallpaper Designs Renters Should Know About
Don't let renting (or commitment fatigue) keep you from tackling that room refresh you've been wanting. Make your removable wallpaper dreams a reality with one of these peel-and-stick beauties.
Over the last few years, you may have noticed that fashion trends from the '60s and '70s have made a major resurgence. It’s not only the clothing, accessories and hairstyles of yesteryear that are back in style here in the 21st century, though — one of the era’s top home design trends is, too. We’re talking about wallpaper, of course. All over social media, people are showcasing their beautiful wall coverings, oftentimes pointing out that peel-and-stick wallpaper is to thank.
“Peel-and-stick wallpaper is wallpaper with a sticky backing that allows the paper to be hung by simply removing the backing and sticking it to flat surfaces, similar to the technology of a sticker,” says DeAnna Hain, executive vice president of marketing at York Wallcoverings. (RELATED: Shop Erin and Ben Napier's Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper Collection With York Wallcoverings)
The beauty of peel-and-stick wallpaper is that it looks stunning while also being renter-friendly, unlike traditional wallpaper. Before you start browsing, learn how to pick the perfect peel-and-stick wallpaper for your space.
What should you consider when choosing a peel-and-stick wallpaper?
While finding the perfect design to complement your space will drive your peel-and-stick wallpaper decision, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind before adding one to your online shopping cart.
With so many peel-and-stick wallpapers on the market, it can be all too easy to select a wallcovering and call it a day. However, according to Hain, it’s important to do your due diligence before blindly buying a peel-and-stick wallpaper.
“[My] top tip would be to start with manufacturers that are proven wallpaper experts, like York Wallcoverings, to ensure they have done rigorous testing on the long-term performance of the products they put into the marketplace,” Hain says. After all, if the brand isn’t tried and true, it could mean the wallpaper isn’t actually easy to remove, which could potentially make for a wall disaster, especially for renters. With this in mind, Hain suggests starting your peel-and-stick wallpaper process with sample squares so that you can patch-test whether or not it’s actually easy to remove.
Peel-and-stick wallpaper is sold in so many different patterns, colors and textures — all of which can make landing on one particular wallpaper a bit more challenging. Thankfully, tools exist to help narrow down your options. “Utilize the tools that brands offer to understand how the pattern will look in your space,” Hain says. “Be sure to check out installation images and roomsets to see the pattern scale and pattern repeat. Some companies offer room visualizers which allow you to upload your own room and drop the pattern in.”
In order for your peel-and-stick wallpaper to look its best, your walls will have to be in prime condition. “People have many different finishes on their walls,” Hain says. “Some surfaces work better for peel-and-stick products to adhere to than others. Surfaces must be smooth, and extremely clean. If the surface has dust, pet hair or dander — the product won’t be able to fully adhere to the surface, resulting in poor performance.” To avoid this ill fate, Hain says to carefully read the instructions prior to installation.
How to Achieve the Best Results
One more thing: Hanging wallpaper isn’t for the faint of heart. “If you’ve never hung wallpaper before, the best place to start is on a full wall with little cutouts,” Hain says. “This will allow you to get familiar with hanging wallpaper before tackling tricker spaces that require lots of cuts (like small powder rooms).” In other words, when selecting your wallpaper, think of where you plan to hang it and determine if the space will alter the overall appearance of the print.
Ahead, find a variety of peel-and-stick wallpapers to fit every design palette.
If you’re after something a little bit more straightforward but still want a bold choice, buffalo plaid is the way to go. It doesn’t get much simpler than a black-and-white checkerboard, but it’s the big picture that makes all the difference. Once you place a beautiful gold lamp and a rich leather chair in front of this wallpaper, there is nothing simple about it.
If you're dying to turn your house into a jungle, but you're lacking the green thumb that it takes, this wallpaper is for you. The flowy botanical design of this wallpaper will easily transform any room into a peaceful rainforest. Say hello to your new favorite space.
If you're apprehensive of color or just prefer spaces with more muted tones, this is the wallpaper for you. A light gray background is layered beautifully with an abstract floral pattern creating a perfectly understated wallpaper pattern that would work in virtually any space, especially a bedroom.
Looking to brighten things up? Look no further than this refreshing citrus wallpaper. Liven up a room by covering an accent wall, or simply frame a piece of it to add a splash of color to the walls. We think it'd be perfect for a cheery kitchen, laundry room or powder bath.
Add a touch of whimsy to your home decor with wallpaper that brings a bit of the forest inside. Whether you're decorating a nursery, living room or reading nook, this wallpaper is almost sure to become a beloved conversation piece.
This fun design is hand drawn by artist Kate Zaremba and would be perfect for a kid's room, a powder room or even a laundry room. There's an adhesive on the back of the paper that's activated when you immerse it in water. It's also super easy to clean and can last up to 20 years (and still be removable!).
This “blooms and bugs” wallpaper is one of the busier and bolder picks on the list, but the beauty of removable wallpaper is you can use as much or as little of it as you want. The mix of bold greens, bright reds and pops of white against a dark black background give this paper a moody feel that is sure to look great wherever you choose to put it, whether that's an entire room or as a liner for the back of your bookshelves.
Large bare walls can be overwhelming; finding the perfect wall art that you love, fits the space and doesn't break the bank can take a while to get just right. Whether you need to brighten up a kitchen or add a fun touch to a playroom, applying a bold floral print like this removable wallpaper as an accent wall can serve as wall art all on its own.
This gorgeous fern wallpaper is the perfect accent to a light, bright and airy nursery. Create an effortlessly tranquil space that could easily grow with your child, but if your little one moves on to bigger things, just pull it down and start fresh.
Whether you’re renting a space or you’re just not sold on how long this shiplap trend is going to last, we have the perfect solution: shiplap removable wallpaper. Forgo the DIY shiplap tutorials and expense of hiring a contractor, and just peel-and-stick your way to those gorgeous and airy farmhouse vibes.
If your style calls for a little bit more vintage inspiration, this Laura Ashley-esque wallpaper may be the perfect option for your space. This wallpaper somehow perfectly bridges the gap between something charming you'd find at your grandparent’s house and something modern you'd find in a trendy boutique hotel.
Ok, truth time: we're obsessed with floral removable wallpaper murals around here. This colorful, delicate one from Love Coloray is a peel-and-stick mural, meaning it can be removed and applied again several times (if you're super-duper careful in the process!). This design would look stunning in a guest bedroom, a powder room, or a teenager's room.
Get lost in the pattern, and transform any room in your home into a tropical oasis with this elegant bloom wallpaper. We could see it in a dining room, bathroom, laundry room or as an accent wall in really any space. Pair it with rattan furniture for a sunny beach vibe. The possibilities are truly endless.
Intricate bird shapes and feather patterns have been utilized in design since the beginning of time, and this simple white-on-gray pattern serves as a neutral and elegant background, perfect for any space.
This dark and moody tomato wallpaper will make any space feel like a bountiful secret garden. The reddish-orange and chartreuse shades of the tomatoes against the darker green leaves and navy backdrop make for a lush wall landscape fit for any room in the house, but particularly the kitchen or dining room.
Choosing removable wallpaper doesn't always mean you have to go bold. A soft, subtle accent wall in a space is sometimes the perfect way to elevate it and set the tone you're after. We love the texture this wallpaper adds behind the thin floating shelves.
Black-and-white peckled patterns like this one are super in right now due to the fact that they are such an easy way to bring in much-needed pattern but can still serve as a neutral backfrop. Up close, you see the beauty of the individual black specks on white, but if you take a few steps back, you can see a textured design that transforms into a more muted gray backdrop.
If you want to create a calming space but want something more unique than just a soft gray or white paint job, opt for neutral removable wallpaper. This delicate pattern features beautiful, soft white branches against a textured gray background that gives off a peaceful, calming vibe.
Gold fixtures are all the rage, but why stop there? A little gold on the wall never hurt anyone, plus the moody blue background color makes it pop in the perfect way. We think this could work well in a walk-in closet, powder bath or even a main bedroom.
This wallpaper may just look like a blush pink wall at first glance. However, once you move a little closer you can see the beautiful geometric detail that really makes this wallpaper a stunner. We could see it as the perfect canvas for a bathroom, bedroom or little girl's room.