Wallpaper For Renters

Photo Blog November 5 Wallpaper Decal Mural Domino

Being a style editor here at House & Home means I’m constantly exposed to boatloads of gorgeous papers and fabrics, giving me a frequent itch to cover my apartment in wallpaper. Like Tori Mellott’s living room from her old apartment (above) that was featured in one of the earlier issues of Domino. (Her newer, more sophisticated look was featured later on, but I always loved this one’s eclectic mix.)

Since I rent, wallpaper isn’t really a practical idea. Removable wall decals can add temporary pattern and colour but they can’t replicate the effect, so I’ve never been tempted to try. Then I received a press release from EazyWallz, a Montreal company that creates peel and stick wall murals.

Photo Blog November 5 Wallpaper Decal Mural Trees

The murals are made from adhesive woven fabric so they can be removed and reused — one huge advantage over wallpaper. And they are water and humidity proof, so they’d be great for bathrooms. The canvases can be applied over any flat surface, making me wonder if you could cover gaudy ’80s pastel patterned wall tiles…

Photo Blog November 5 Wallpaper Decal Mural White Brick

I prefer the forest and brick selections but there are thousands of images and patterns available. A great idea is to customize the size and image of your mural through the website. Just upload a jpeg of the image you want and they will email you a preview and price quote.

H&H.com online director Lisa Murphy just pointed out the Tech Special story in the most recent issue of Lonny, too. Seems you’ll soon be able to send a pattern to HP WallArt, and they’ll custom print wallpaper and send it to you. Designing your own wallpaper is only going to get trendier and easier.

Photo Blog November 5 Wallpaper Decal Mural Neutral

Another removable wallpaper option I often consider is this brilliant idea that Morgan Michener and Joel Bray came up with for a story in our June 2010 issue. They taped wallpaper onto the wall and then trimmed out the perimeter with moulding. Because you nail down the trim (make sure you paint it first!), it holds the wallpaper in place and the whole thing can be easily taken down later on. They chose a pretty tone on tone neutral, but it would be just as stunning in a bold tone with a dramatic print.

Photo Blog November 5 Wallpaper Decal Mural Bedroom

Try a dramatic indigo print like this one, for instance, from a Hamptons home in Lonny.

For more pattern suggestions, check out our Wallpaper Shopping Guide. Plus, get Morgan Michener’s top 2011 wallpaper picks.

Photo credits:
1. Houzz
2-3. Easywallz
4. House & Home June 2010 issue, photography by Donna Griffith
5. June/July 2010, Lonny, photography by Patrick Cline

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