Banish Bare Walls, Even in a Rental: The Best Sources for Removable Wallpaper

The thought of applying wallpaper to smooth and clean walls used to make one shudder. After all, the wallpaper of yesteryear was quite permanent. Here in the 21st century, there’s a lot of removable wallpaper on the market – so whether you have a short attention span or you’re in a rental, you can still get in on the fun.

Color Ray Decor has a range of dramatic wallpaper, including the Dutch Dark Vintage mural above. You can buy it through the Apartment Therapy Marketplace or her website.

Kate Zaremba Company has super funky prints that are modern and have a sense of humor. Above, her Land of Women pattern in charcoal.

The Wall Sticker Company offers a nice line of removable wallpaper — but if you’re not ready to make the leap to covering an entire wall, you can choose smaller stickers and decals. Above, The Shells removable wallpaper by Kids By Krauskopf is a cool geometric for any room.

Wallshoppe has a nice range of bright fun designs, and some really fantastic collaborations. We are especially smitten with the Clare V x WS collection, which includes this Merci Beaucoup print in navy blue.

Spoonflower, a favorite resource for designing your own fabric, has hundreds of patterns to choose from. We used Springtime In The Butterflies by Peacoquette Designs for Tara’s kitchen makeover, above. You can also upload your own design to be printed on PVC-free paper, durable and eco-friendly wallpaper.

Walls Need Love bills itself as “not your grandmother’s wallpaper” with patterns and murals. Check out their easy stripe collection, which is like room-size washi tape, or self-adhesive striping you can use to decorate walls and doors vertically, horizontally, or vertically —without the mess of painting. We love Create Enjoy’s powder room redo using their Banana Leaf pattern.

Hygge & West has a small collection of wallpaper panels in beautiful patterns, created in collaboration with surface designers like Justina Blakeney and Oh Joy! Above, their Andanza pattern in blush, designed by Laundry Studios.

Samantha Santana is an artist, surface pattern and textile designer, creative director, ex-florist and wallpaper designer, and her peel and stick designs are fun and bold. Her Palm Petal pattern is featured in the bedroom in the lead photo, and Floral Finds in her dining room, seen above. You can see more of her wallpapers in action in her “Psychedelic Modern Cowboy” Style house tour.

Chasing Paper was started by founder Elizabeth Rees, who grew up in the printing industry. She’s developed a great selection of fresh patterns, including a beautiful collaboration with Rebecca Atwood. We used their Multi-Floral pattern in a weekend bathroom makeover, above.

Swag Paper offers removable wallpaper that’s pre-cut, making installation even easier. Specify the height of your wall when ordering and Swag cuts the 25″ wide panels for you. Here’s a great black and white pattern, which Kirsten of Simple Grove used in her dining room, which was featured on Style Me Pretty Home.

Tempaper has an extensive collection of removable wallpapers, from metallic to houndstooth and everything in between. Their Bobby Berk Home BARS pattern made a huge difference in our First Slice cafe makeover, and we also tested their paintable wallpaper (above) which you can read about here.

Wallternatives has some lush, colorful options by designers such Bonnie Christine and Raven+Lily. Above, their English Garden removable paper from Bari. J.

Timothy Sue is designed by Colette Clark, a San Francisco artist, designer and classically trained clarinetist. Her bright and fun wallpapers are offered are printed on polyester fabric material with removable and repositionable adhesive backing. Above, her Coconino pattern in Desert Sun.

Blik carries an extensive collection of both wall graphics and wallpaper. They also have some unique decals, including these colorful chalkboard shapes, which are amazing for kids rooms (and fun-loving adults).

Easywallz specializes in removable wall murals. Upload your own image or choose from their wide selection, which includes cityscapes, florals and more. We spotted their old brick trompe l’oeil pattern in this kitchen and dining area, over on the Glitter Guide.

Murals Your Way offers a line of removable and re-usable wallpaper. When Mallory redid her office, Murals Your Way printed up a wall mural from local artist Bari J. Designs, and was so happy with the results.

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Updated and re-edited from a post originally published 01.6.2012 – DF

Katie Deedy shows us one way to personalize a rental wall:

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