Wall Decals versus Wallpaper

Wall Decals versus Wallpaper

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Landis Carey
Nov 9, 2010

Wall decals are everywhere and have been for at least two years. They are usually made of vinyl (so so bad!), but they don't always damage walls when being removed like wallpaper can (maybe good!). On the other hand, wallpaper can be handprinted on recycled paper (very good!), but is a more permanent decision (maybe bad!). Which one wins? Read on for when to decal and when to paper.

Reusable stencils are a good option, but only for those willing to paint their wall. In my opinion, the decision to use a reusable stencil is right there with wallpaper. If you wallpaper or stencil and later decide you don't like it or that it's not a permanent solution, lots of paint and work follow that cost lots of dollars and waste supplies.

Decal if You
Rent.
Are on a budget.
Want to make a splash without using a repeating pattern.
Are indecisive.
Like to rethink your space on a yearly basis.

Paper if You
Are absolutely sure you're going to love the wallpaper.
Want to accent an entire wall in a repeating pattern.
Desire the textured effect cloth wall coverings can give.
Have unfinished walls.
Need to protect your walls in high-traffic areas, such as hallways.

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