The other day my mom and I were talking about ways to make subtle changes to the bedroom that would better accommodate the new rug. We talked accent pillows and a darker throw across the end of the bed and she decreed that I could keep the art. Phew!
Our fantasy “feathering” soon gave way to other areas in the apartment and I lamented, once again, how much I’d like to re-do the guest room/office. I’ve mentioned before that I’m over the black and white look and would like something warmer and richer, with natural wood and a less high-contrast palette. We discussed the massive southern blank wall and what one could do with so much space.
I’d love to wallpaper it, but as a renter that’s just not feasible. Plus, the walls here are a crepe-y texture that could not handle wallpaper well. It got me thinking about what renters with good walls do when they want to paper and I remembered removable wallpaper. Genius!
As I was looking around for options I realized that, of course, none of these are readily available in Switzerland, but it’s fun to imagine such a high-impact change in the apartment. I think removable wallpaper can be great for a whole room, or an accent wall, like in our guest room. You can find solid colors or more graphic prints based on your design scheme, and it’s comforting to know you can take them down or move them (many are reusable) if you tire of the look.
Here are a few resources:
- Chasing Paper: you can peel and stick each paper tile on nearly any surface: walls, refrigerators, staircases, etc. The fabric paper is made with a low-tack, non-toxic adhesive.
- Hygge & West: removable wallpaper tiles, as well as a permanent collection, featuring designers like Rifle Paper Co., Julia Rothman (the bird print above), and Oh Joy! Somewhat limited removable tile collection, but all are really beautiful.
- Betapet: an Etsy shop featuring dozens of designs in modern and neutral colors and designs.
- Swag Paper: offer designer collections, as well as designs ranging from contemporary to classic.
- Tempaper: lots of fresh, bright designs, but I especially like their floral collection.
Have you ever used removable wallpaper? It almost seems too good to be true. I’d be interested to hear how the seams hold up (since most come in a 2’x 3′ tile format) and the installation is actually as easy as many sites claim.