DIY Alternatives to Wallpaper

By Adriele Graham

September 9, 2020

Are you staring at a wall in your home that is screaming for attention? One of the most classic solutions is wallpaper; no, Not Your Grandmothers Wallpaper but fun, fresh, modern options. Wallpaper has been a classic option for its high impact and beauty for centuries, but it also has its drawbacks like the very permanent nature of it’s application and the often high price tag that accompanies it.

If you love the idea of wallpaper but are looking for some different options, here is our list of DIY alternatives to wallpaper that can add style without breaking your piggy bank.

1.) COLOR BLOCKS:
A strategic color block is so simple and cost friendly but can add a lot of flair. You can keep it very simple or combine, enlarge, and overlap them to create an awesome custom mural.

2.) VINYL DECALS:
If you are commitment phobic or a renter, vinyl decals are an awesome option for you. There are so many choices out there that can range from a few shapes on the wall to elaborate schemes that look just like wallpaper. The installation is pretty fool-proof since you can remove and reposition them. The best part is that when you’re ready for a change you can just peel them right off of the wall.

3.) STENCILS:
Stencils allow you to create a consistent pattern and cover large areas at a very low cost. There are loads of patterns for you to select from online and you have the opportunity to customize your space even further with the color(s) of your choice. Make sure to wipe the back of the stencil off every time and overlap the patterns as you continue.

4.) REMOVABLE WALLPAPER:
The closest option to traditional wallpaper is the expanding market of removeable wallpapers. Traditional wallpaper requires a paste that is applied to the paper and then the paper is carefully placed on the wall. The removeable papers are ready to go and can be adjusted which makes them more user friendly. Keep in mind that removable paper does require a smooth wall to stick properly just as traditional wallpaper does.

5.) MOULDING TREATMENTS:
There are so many fun options for mouldings that don’t require a carpentry degree. Some simple cuts and paint will go a long way! This option is definitely more permanent than vinyl decals but mouldings tend to be more appealing than wallpaper when reselling and if you really want to take them down they should pop off way easier than removing an entire wall of traditional wallpaper.

Here are some examples…

Color Block

Image from Decoist

Vinyl Decal

Image from Lucas & Stellas

Stencil

Image from Cutting Edge Stencils

Rem. Wallpaper

Image from Walls Need Love

Moulding

Image from This Giant Life

We love utilizing these treatments and others for our clients. If you’re ready to DIY a feature wall but just aren’t sure what would be right for your space, just reach out to us for some help. We love coming up with the designs and letting you implement them, whether on your own or with help. If you are looking for even more inspiration don’t forget to check out our Pinterest page where we pin loads of ideas.

By | 2020-09-10T11:57:55+00:00 September 10th, 2020|Design Tips, Interiors|