Make Your Apartment Walls Come to Life with These Renter-Friendly Wallpaper Ideas

There’s nothing more boring than plain walls - and sure photographs and art help decorate a rental, but have you considered something bolder like wallpaper? From vivid prints and patterns to calm and subtle ones, there are different wallpaper styles for anyone. We’ve reached out to professionals to share their insights on using peel-and-stick wallpapers so you can transform your apartment. So whether you moved into a new apartment in Richmond, VI, or you’re looking to revamp your space, read on to see what they had to say. 

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Peel-and-stick wallpaper is a rental dream

The rise of peel-and-stick wallpaper and removable wall murals makes it even easier to decorate your rental as you would like without any commitment. Wall murals allow for style versatility, and can also be removed without any damage to your walls. This allows you to easily update your wall decor through the years and even the seasons keeping your look trendy and fresh. - Eazywallz

Opt for a natural fiber wallcovering to add texture

Grasscloth Wallcovering is a natural fiber wallcovering that enhances wall surfaces. It adds texture and depth to indoor wall space and comes in a variety of colors and textures. Moreover, because it is just a textured surface, it can be used with almost any decor scheme, even as an accent for a focal wall.  - Washington Wallcoverings

Add wallpaper to your furniture

While peel-and-stick wallpaper is trending, your walls must be completely smooth in order for it to stick, so you may want to use them on furniture or a bookcase instead. If you want to decorate with fewer limits, do what we do in our showroom, and staple your pattern to the wall with a desktop stapler. You can use a table knife to remove the staples and take your wallpaper with you to the next address. – Leland’s Wallpaper, Arlington, TX

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Use wallpaper as an accent wall or to feature your furniture 

The way I see wallpaper is either as a blank canvas to feature the furniture and other decoration accessories or as an accent piece on a single wall. The canvas type of wallpapers is usually one-color wallpapers with superior craftsmanship. High craftsmanship such as the weaves, the consistent colors, and other attributes give the room a sober luxury look. Try not to make your TV wall an accent wall. It would distract your eyes from watching TV. And If you plan to stay only a short time in a place, you might want to use peel-and-stick wallpaper. Peel-and-stick wallpaper is extremely easy to remove and does not damage the walls. - Shotcount Wallpaperers, Falls Church, VA

Don’t be afraid to go bold

Think about all the items in your room as a whole and choose one or two places to use a colorful and/or large-scale pattern. Removable wallpaper is the perfect place to make a more dramatic statement. You can then pull colors from that pattern when choosing furniture or accessories that will have a solid color or a more quiet pattern. Think about variations in the room, use some solid colors, some small-scale patterns, and some large-scale patterns. - Simple Stick Wallpaper

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Use wallpaper on your ceilings

Use removable wallpaper on a ceiling to really elevate your space in a smaller room such as a powder room This is a fun and inexpensive way to add character and make your space look bigger without it being a permanent detail. Don't be afraid to go bold with pattern and color as it's only one wall of your space and can be used as an accent to enhance your decor. - Kate LeCerf Interiors, Fort Collins, CO, and surrounding areas.

tropical wallpaper in the dining room

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Set the tone of your space with wallpaper

Wallpapers are the perfect product to elevate and set the tone of your space by bringing out your individuality. Wallpapers do not have to be the traditionally old-school patterns; with today's technology, you may choose from a variety of colors, patterns, and artwork, or create your very own graphics. Peel-and-stick wallpapers are used to create accents in the dining rooms, bedrooms, nurseries, hallways, and offices. The best part is that peel-and-stick wallpapers are mess-free, smell-free, and easy to mount on any flat surface. - Axiom Print, Glendale, CA

Order samples so you can create a vision

Choosing the right wallpaper design for your space can be a daunting task. Always order samples so that you can see and compare the actual pattern, material, and colors. Also, check to see if the company offers an augmented reality viewer on their website so that you can visualize the pattern on your own wall. - Sunho Choi, principal of Simple Shapes, Ramsey, NJ

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Get the wallpaper look without the long-term commitment

Peel-and-stick wallpaper is perfect for style-conscious renters and indecisive pattern lovers. This removable wallpaper allows you to spruce up any space without the long-term commitment. Peel-and-stick wallpaper can be used to line shelves and drawers, applied to the ceiling and walls, or even refinish furniture. - Katie Kime, Austin, TX

Spicing up your kitchen interior has never been easier

Get creative with removable wallpaper - apply a fun pattern to your backsplash, kitchen cabinets, or the back of your shelves. If you’re feeling adventurous, try mixing different patterns like stripes and florals on one wall. - Fancy Walls

A great way to remodel and enhance your space

If you are looking to remodel and enhance your apartment, wallpaper is your answer. You just need some accent walls - it will change your rooms and give them a designer finishing look. You should use textured and soft patterns in bedrooms or living rooms since they are the rooms where you are going to spend most of your time and you don't want to get tired of them.

But when it comes to your powder room or private foyer, have fun and dare to use colors and patterns, your guests will remember it. - Wallpaper Store Miami, Miami, FL


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Decorate your space to match the wallpaper

Choosing bold prints or textured wallpaper is a smart alternative to repainting a whole room. You can do one accent wall to minimize the time you will have to spend removing the wallpaper. Make the wallpaper pop by decorating your space with items that match your wallpaper. - Big Sky Trademark Painting, Bozeman, MT

Show your personality on your walls

You have a personality, so it's only fair to give your boring wall one. Take over a wall and explore, create, and invent your easy-to-install peel-and-stick removable wallpaper. Search for the Photo Tex self-adhesive wallpaper fabric that makes you an instant professional to install your own wallpaper and remove it easily when ready to change or move on. - Photo Tex Group, Youngstown, OH


Focus on the bedroom and dining room

We do a lot of accent walls in apartments, usually, the owner's bed wall or the main dining room wall. Think large-scale funky prints or mural wall prints that are custom sizeable. Be sure to prime the wall first which will allow it to be stripped without drywall damage. - Proper Paint & Paper, Silver Spring, MD, and surrounding areas.


There are wallpaper options to fit everyone’s needs

You can create and realize your own stunning decor ideas on accent walls, kitchen cabinets, closet doors, built-in shelving, bathrooms, laundry areas, and the very special nook you enjoy the most. Abstract, minimalist, or geometric design will make your apartment the talk of the hallway, building, and even the entire block. Do you prefer classic styles? Damasks, Art Nouveau, murals, and vintage designs are some of the options you can choose from to transition between rich, warm, and ageless styles. - ONDECOR Wallpaper, Spring, TX


Peel-and-stick wallpaper won’t damage your walls

Peel-and-stick adhesive wallpaper is the ideal solution for all renters. The high-quality wallpaper can be applied to any smooth painted wall in the apartment, repositioned, and removed within a 5-year period. Applying it is simple - just peel, align and stick. When it's time to remove it, it peels away without leaving any residue or damage. - Canvas & Décor, Orlando, FL


Make wallpaper into art

There are tons of peel-and-stick options out there, but sometimes you fall in love with a traditional wallpaper that isn’t as easy to remove when the time comes. My favorite thing to do when I come across this issue is to wallpaper a large board and frame it out. The wallpaper acts as a huge piece of art you can move around the house and take with you when you go. - Chelsea Lane & Co., Palm Beach, FL


Use wallpaper all over your apartment

We've been really loving glass-fronted cabinets with wallpapered interiors - it's a gorgeous way to refresh a vintage piece that can be taken with you when you move. We also love hanging wallpapered panels as art pieces - nice birch-wood artboards can be purchased at any art supply store and wallpapered using wallpaper paste. - Lonesome Pictopia, Portland, OR

Create a removable statement wall

First, seam together two 4x8’ sheets of foam core making a large 8x8 square - wallpaper the entire surface and then glue lightweight trim around the edges to create a framed look and to finish the edges. This oversized artwork will look great hung behind your bed or dresser. - makelike, Portland, OR