There’s no need to shy away from wallpaper, even if you’re renting or afraid of committing to a bold print.
Today’s peel-and-stick options have evolved a whole lot, making it easier to take design risks you might otherwise have not considered. “Removable options have the look and feel of traditional wallpaper, but don’t use glue,” explains Elizabeth Rees, co-founder of Chasing Paper. Think of it as an upscale contact paper.
Not only does this make the installation DIY-friendly, but it gives renters an alternative to paint even when they aren’t allowed to make permanent changes. It’s worth noting, though, that because of its temporary nature, peel-and-stick isn’t quite as durable—something to keep in mind if you want your wall finish to last decades.
Whether you want to cover an entire room or just an accent wall, the right print can turn any surface into an art piece. To avoid costly mistakes, Rees recommends ordering from a company that offers swatches, so you can test different patterns and live with them for some time before making any permanent changes. “Wallpaper is a wonderful way to showcase your aesthetic and amplify the character of your home,” says Rees. To get you inspired, here are a few top-sellers she recommends for every room in the house.
For Kids Rooms
“Wild Thing is by far the most popular print for nurseries and kids bedrooms,” says Rees. Parents love this sweet print, which is playful and imaginative for young children.
For Home Offices
Speckle—a modern and chic print—has been a bestseller since the early days of Chasing Paper, says Rees. “We love seeing this print in home office spaces, which is so relevant right now.”
“Starburst Tile—part of our “Tile Series” collection, which is inspired by patterns from around the world—is a popular choice for kitchens, and is ideal for renters looking to create a backsplash on a budget,” says Rees.
Botany is a fresh take on florals that adds a modern flair to any powder room, says Rees. “It pairs beautifully with bright tile and shiny bathroom fixtures.”