When decorating a space, the sheer amount of decisions you have to make can be overwhelming to say the least. Every choice you make affects all the other choices in a room, and it’s stressful to make lots of decisions that you can’t go back on (or at least not very easily) once made. It’s also tough if you are the type of person that changes their home design a lot or gets tired of visual things faster than others. But if any of these situations describes you, I’ve got just the solution—removable wallpaper! It’s a great way to add a pop of color or pattern to your home and it’s easy to remove, so you can feel free to change it up as needed. It’s also great for renters who can’t make permanent decisions for the space, but want to liven up the existing area in the meantime. And, there are so many ways you can use removable wallpaper too. Here are a few of my favorite ways:
Decorate a desk: I got an inexpensive white desk to use in my new workroom because I liked the clean lines and shape, but the faux wood veneer was just not doing it for me. A few strips of speckled dot wallpaper later and this desk became too cute for words. Such a difference, don’t you think? Two thumbs up!!
Give your built-ins a bold look: Built-in bookcases can be a great addition to a room for either storage or display purposes, but pulling off the shelves and adding a fun pattern to the back wall (like this black and white stripe pattern) can really take a simple built-in shelf from functional to just plain fun!
Dress up your drawers: I gave our bedside nightstands a little makeover when we first moved since they got rather dingy in transit from one state to another. Using this palm paper to cover the fronts of the drawers added a giant punch of personality to the project and it took only minutes to apply. Quick and cute—my favorite kind of DIYs!
Create statement stairs: If you really want to add some pattern in an unexpected way, try covering the bottom half of your stairs! It’s a great way to showcase a staircase and it really adds a modern feel to your steps. Do each the same or alternate with coordinating patterns as well!
Make random nooks notable: Lots of people have those odd little cubbies or nooks in their house that they aren’t totally sure what to do with. For me it’s this phone cubby in the hallway. I mean, it is an adorable reminder of a time when you only had one stationary phone per house, but I’m not totally sure what to do with it in 2015. So, rather than let it sink into the overall hallway, I decided to highlight it instead with a pretty pattern and this cute little ceramic phone planter. Couldn’t be a more appropriate spot for that planter for sure!
Cover up some cubes: What are the three most important words when you blog out of your house? Storage, storage, storage!! I can’t get enough of it. Since the closets are quite a bit smaller in this house than the last one, I’m doing more storage furniture in the rooms and wanted to make a basic storage cube setup a little more personal. Once I covered the outside of a few foldable storage boxes with a pattern that matches the desk across from it, it made the whole setup look much more custom and fun.
Look inside for a surprise: Don’t forget that the inside of drawers can be an ideal place to hide a bit of pattern that’s just for you to see! Desk drawers, kitchen drawers, bathroom drawers…if it opens, you can decorate it! For an art room desk, what’s more perfect then a brushstroke pattern inside?
Wallpaper a wall: OK, yeah, this is the most obvious one of the bunch, but if you have a hard time keeping bold choices for a long time or don’t have the budget to wallpaper a whole room, just doing one wall of removable paper is a great choice. I’m head over heels for this black and white palm print wallpaper and it’s the perfect vibe since we are going for a midcentury California feel in our current house. Love it!
You may have noticed that I already used the “removable” function of the wallpaper on those nightstands next to our bed. I loved that green palm print on the drawers, but when I added the black and white wallpaper to the wall recently, the patterns were a little too much to be right next to each other. Since it was removable though, it only took about 10 seconds to make the change back to white. Yes!
Now that you know there are so many ways to use removable wallpaper, there’s no excuse not to add some print and pattern to your space as well. Since it comes off so easily, you don’t have to keep it forever, but take it from me, you’ll enjoy it while it’s there! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.