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Wallpaper fell out of favor a few decades back, but thanks to regular appearances on mega-hit shows like Fixer Upper plus all sorts of clever ideas to be found on Instagram, it’s back in a big way—especially the peel-and-stick variety. Swathing an entire room is a big commitment, and not everyone is comfortable taking the plunge on a permanent decor transformation. The best temporary wallpaper allows you to experiment with accent walls or all-over prints without worrying about messy wallpaper glue or damage to your walls.
Peel-and-stick wallpapers are an easy solution to transforming your space.
Also called removable wallpaper or peel-and-stick wallpaper, today’s temporary options act essentially like a big sticker. You just measure and cut out what you need, peel off the backing, and stick onto your wall or whatever surface you desire, like the inside of a bookshelf or top of a dresser. Since it’s self-adhesive, there’s no glue required. And if you’re no longer feeling it a few years down the road? Simply pull it off, with no stripping necessary (or residue left behind)—an apartment-dweller or serial redesigner’s dream.
Of course, the journey to wallpapered walls, even temporary ones, starts with finding the right look for you. We’ve rounded up some of the best peel-and-stick wallpaper options out there, no matter what style you’re searching for.
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Tempaper was one of the first few brands to launch a collection of exclusively peel-and-stick wallpaper. This option from the brand takes traditional floral wallpaper and gives it a modern upgrade. Bold blue and greens showcase a wildflower design that feels both current and classic. Stick it on shelves, inside dressers, on headboards or to create an accent wall that really pops. You can even use it in the bathroom—it’s steam-proof. The stick-on wallpaper is also environmentally friendly and 100% American-made. While Food52 stocks a few options from Tempaper, you can also explore their exhaustive collection on Amazon.
Joanna Gaines made shiplap a must-have design element for modern farmhouse fans, but it’s not cheap—or easy—to install. This vinyl temporary wallpaper features a white wood grain design that’s lightly distressed for an aged wooden shiplap look, no carpenter needed. Use it to make select areas of your home really stand out, like lining the front of stairs, a bedroom wall, reading nook or even the wall behind your workspace for a fun Zoom background.
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For those times when you’re eyeing polka dots but don’t want something with such definitive circles, there’s this removable polyester option from designer Rebecca Atwood. The design features whimsical, hand-painted tonal flecks in soothing blue tones. Fun fact: The look of the wallpaper was originally painted in Atwood’s sketchbook before making its way onto rolls. It’s also available in grey and peach shades.
Add wallpaper that really stands out with this textured metallic design from World Menagerie. The non-toxic removable wallpaper comes in gold or silver, so you can find the look and feel that’s right for your decor. This self-adhesive wallpaper is moisture-resistant, so you can apply it just about anywhere in your home. Try it on dining room walls or use it to refinish the back of older cabinets.
Rifle Paper Co.
Add a playful vibe to your space with Rifle Paper Co.’s quirky design featuring dainty florals, illustrated animals and perfectly painted treetops. Use it to create an attention-grabbing wall in your home office, makeover an old piece of furniture or infuse personality into a hall bath. The wallpaper is washable, removable and comes in three color options—navy, cream or black.
Bed Bath & Beyond
Live out your mid-century modern decor dreams with this attention-grabbing black and white print. The vinyl peel-and-stick wallpaper features a modern yet retro geometric print that adds depth to any room. You can even use it to give older furniture a facelift. Just peel, stick and smooth it out on any flat surface for an instant wow factor. If you decide against a classic black and white look, the wallpaper also comes in green, orange and taupe.
Want to add pink to a room without being too saccharine? This stick-on, woven polyester wallpaper features a bulb design on a pale pink background that works in living rooms, dining areas, nurseries…just about everywhere. The paper is crafted with water-based, non-toxic inks in a matte finish, and comes in three different floor-to-ceiling sizes for a quick and easy install.
This wallpaper from Chasing Paper is, hands down, simply gorgeous. It looks like a bespoke mural, but…isn’t. Rather it’s temporary wallpaper printed with GreenGuard Certified Latex Inks, so you can feel comfortable putting it in any room in your house. The paper has a matte finish and is fade- and stain-resistant, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come. Can’t choose between the white, plum, dark grey or light grey background? Order a sample for just $6.
Grasscloth has an amazing ability to add instant warmth and depth to any room. Made to resemble the versatile fabric, this peel-and-stick option features a grass weave design that can texturize walls in the living room, study, dining room or even walk-in closet. While the cream color is a classic option, the wallpaper also comes in a deep navy and soothing neutral.
When you want to go big or go home, opt for this this standout print from Etsy’s Ondecorstore. Featuring stacked triangles in shades of navy, gold, tan, white and grey, this geometric paper is a total statement piece. Layer it behind a bookshelf to add a cool surprise, or try it behind your headboard for an accent wall. Choose between smooth, canvas and fabric textures for a finish that just feels right.
An impressive mix of muted and bold, Minted’s double rainbow paper makes a statement while blending in with just about any color palette. The panels are printed on matte woven fabric for a slight texture and—this is a nice perk for installation—they’re tear-resistant. You can also reposition the panels until they’re just right. The whole thing is PVC-free, making it safer than many commercial wallpapers.
Creating an actual brick accent wall in your home is pricey. Instead, this peel-and-stick brick wallpaper costs just a fraction of the price. Printed on smooth vinyl, the faux brick—which comes in distressed neutral, grey and red hues—instantly adds a chic farmhouse or urban loft vibe to any space. Apply it as a quick and easy backsplash or make your bedroom wall really pop. The paper is durable like traditional wallpaper and can be easily applied or removed in minutes. Pro tip: Overlap the seams for a more realistic look.