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Maybe it’s because everyone’s finally bored with minimalist design or maybe it’s because of our generation’s fondness for Wes Anderson films, but wallpaper is making a very loud comeback.
And since it’s more difficult than ever to buy a home, companies have adapted. Enter removable, temporary wallpaper.
Now to be clear, hanging this renter-friendly type of wallpaper isn’t easy, and the project is probably going to cost more than you expect it to. But once you make peace with those two facts, you can get to the fun part: choosing your design.
Read the instructions carefully
All of the wallpapers below are considered “removable,” which means they shouldn’t damage your paint job or walls when you take it down, but only if you follow their instructions. For example, many of these wallpapers won’t work on textured surfaces. Make sure to read every last word of the installation guide so you don’t jeopardize your security deposit.
How we chose each product
We prioritized brands that provide thorough installation instructions and have overall satisfied customer reviews. (If we came across frequent comments about lack of quality or adhesive issues, we nixed them from the list.)
Beyond that, brands landed on our list for being both affordable and having an original sense of style.
Most brands sell their products in different quantities, which makes it hard to easily compare one to the other. To make it easier on you, we calculated the rough average cost per square foot. Note that depending on which design you buy, price might vary a little.
Prices are per square foot:
$ = under $2
$$ = $2–$4
$$$ = over $4
Best for the price: Tempaper
Tempaper hits the sweet spot for chic-looking removable wallpaper that won’t make you have to recalculate your budget for the month. We’re especially enthused about their creative designs, like these cute dinosaurs and this astrology pattern.
According to this writer for Business Insider who installed Tempaper in her home, it wasn’t super easy but the results made it worthwhile.
|Roll size||20.5 in. x 33 ft. (56.37 sq. ft.)|
|Our favorite design||Brass Belly|
|Material||top coated vinyl|
|Where to shop||https://tempaper.com/wallpaper|
Best bohemian prints: RoomMates Decor
If paisley wets your whistle or you dream of your grandparents’ linoleum floor (to each their own), you’ll want to check out the bohemian section of the RoomMates Decor peel and stick wallpaper.
The brand promises that the wallpaper will “stay on as long as you want” and that it won’t leave a sticky residue when you take it down.
|Roll size||18 in. x 18.86 ft. (28.29 sq. ft.)|
|Our favorite design||Bohemian Damask Peel and Stick|
|Where to shop||https://roommatesdecor.com/collections/bohemian|
Best textured prints: NuWallpaper
This no-frills brand specializes in simple, muted-pallet patterns. While you’re not going to find any bold or particularly artistic designs on this site, they do have a selection of textured patterns, which add dimension, not to mention being fun to run your hand against.
|Roll size||20.5 in. x 18 ft. (30.75 sq. ft.)|
|Our favorite design||Indigo Arden Self-Adhesive Wallpaper|
|Where to shop||https://www.wallpops.com/nuwallpaper|
Best floral: Target
Ah Target, the store you can’t leave without spending twice as much as you planned. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the fast home decor store sells wallpaper, too. While the designs they offer aren’t particularly chic or sophisticated, you can’t beat the price.
|Roll size||20.5 in. x 198 in. (27.5 sq. ft.)|
|Our favorite design||Marker Floral|
|Where to shop||https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=removeable+wallpaper|
Chinoiserie style wallpaper: Marie Antoinette on a budget
Best overall: Chasing Paper
If you’re in the market for a wallpaper that says, “I’m an adult but I’m still fun,” check out Chasing Paper. Their patterns do a good a job at feeling modern while also making you slightly nostalgic for a time you’re not even sure of. This wallpaper would look especially great in a bathroom or on an accent wall.
|Roll size||2 ft. x 4, 8, or 12 ft.|
|Our favorite design||Dot Comb|
|Material||adhesive poly woven fabric, free from VOC, PVC and phthalates|
|Where to shop||https://www.chasingpaper.com/|
Best animal prints: Hygge & West
Chic decor store Hygge & West, has a playful, imaginative — if limited — collection of removable wallpaper. They mostly stick to cool colors and their patterns are so detailed it might be hard to peel your eyes away from your walls.
Note: All removable wallpaper tiles are final sale (not returnable).
|Roll size||24 in. x 32 in. (5.3 sq. ft.)|
|Our favorite design||Nethercote|
|Material||matte, polyester wall fabric|
|Where to shop||https://www.hyggeandwest.com/collections/removable-wallpaper-tiles|
Best geometric: Spoonflower
Spoonflower works with independent artists to create their prints (there’s a blurb from the artist on each product page), which are classy and subtle. They provide a “Happiness Guarantee” so that if you receive a product that isn’t as expected, they’ll either reimburse you or reprint it.
|Roll size||24 in. x 1, 3, 9, or 12 ft.|
|Our favorite design||Amai Geo Denim|
|Material||woven-textured polyester fabric with adhesive backing (matte finish, formaldehyde-, phthalate-, and PVC-free)|
|Where to shop||https://www.spoonflower.com/en/peel-and-stick-removable-woven-wallpaper|
Best ocean-themed: WallsNeedLove
This company has a truly massive selection of prints (556 results come up for “removable”). Many of their patterns are grand, like a statement piece, except the wall is the statement. For example, their “Dark Flora” section is a collection of giant, dramatic flower photos that make it feel like you’re a bug walking on the forest floor.
|Roll size||Custom order the quantity you need.|
|Our favorite design||Waves of Chic|
|Adhesive type||PVC- and VOC-free|
|Where to shop||https://wallsneedlove.com/pages/search-results-page?q=removable&tab=products&sort_by=sales_amount&page=1|