Bob Vila Radio: Removable Wallpaper

If your home isn't quite ready for the daunting task of permanent wallpaper, consider removable wallpaper as a happy compromise to decorate the walls.

Wallpaper brings color, pattern, and texture to a room. A papered room can achieve a sophistication that eludes even the sharpest paint job. But papering is a lot of work, so once a wall is papered, you’re committed to it for a while.

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Removable Wallpaper

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Fortunately, nowadays there are plenty of stylish removable wallpapers to choose from. These peel-and-stick coverings are great for renters, for commitment-phobes, and for homeowners who like to change their decor with the seasons. Typically sold in rolls, though sometimes as tiles, removable papers can be repositioned over and over again. Note that this isn’t a cheap option; many removable papers cost more than permanent ones.

Although temporary paper is easier and less messy to hang than traditional wallpaper, you’ll still need to take some time to hang it straight. Removable wallpaper can be used on most surfaces, but it won’t mount properly on textured walls. If you’re new to the product, try to check out some samples in person so you’re comfortable with the texture and finish. Look for PVC-free paper, not vinyl, and be sure the product is labeled lead-free and nontoxic. You still might want to air the product out for a few days before you install it to reduce any odor.

And if you find even temporary wallpaper a little too daunting, there are plenty of removable murals and decals out there to bring a little small-scale excitement to your walls.

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