What started as a post about our son’s accent wall has grown into something larger. Join us as we delve into the fascinating New World of Wallpaper (especially Removable Wallpaper!) and Wall Stencils with some awesome wallpaper and wall stencil ideas for your home and ours!
Wallpaper is Back…
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the living room…
I never would have guessed it, but wallpaper is back and almost as popular as it was during the stylistically-challenged 70s and 80s!
This proves two things:
- I know nuthin‘ (as usual).
- Those spearheading this Wallpaper Renaissance must be too young to have lived through the hideous atrocities committed against innocent walls across America during the 1980s, or they would never even think of reviving such a gruesome practice.
Look, I’m not going to name names here, but I may or may not have spent a significant amount of time in a certain house in the 1980s that had a foyer covered in shiny metallic floral wallpaper! (Some say that wallpaper hangs there to this day, but my lips are sealed on the subject.)
…and it’s Better than Ever!
The bright side of this renaissance is that the Science of Style has come a long way during the Decades of Painted Walls, so the wallpaper offerings today are not only tasteful and stylish now, but they should remain so for more than just a few years. There is something for everyone’s taste. Even I’m on board with the Wallpaper Renaissance!
She absolutely loves the new designs, and she’s already planning where she can hang the first strip of what will surely be many.
Perhaps the best part of these newfangled wallpapers is that many of them are removable! This is a game changer for someone like Handan who has major commitment issues when it comes to walls.
Don’t believe me? Well, we’ve painted this entire house THREE times in five years!
Thank god, she hasn’t gotten sick and tired of me, yet!
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Traditional Wallpaper Ideas
Now, for those who don’t have commitment issues, there is a wonderful world of traditional wallpaper (that’s the unpasted kind). Here are four examples we love that would be perfect in any room.
When we were searching for inspiration for an accent wall for Barish’s teen bedroom makeover, Handan searched online for over a week to find suitable wallpaper choices. Among those that made her shortlist, this Shibori Indigo wallpaper was our hands-down favorite.
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a prepasted or a peel and stick version of it, and with Handan’s aforementioned commitment issues when it comes to walls, well, we decided that a stencil would be a better choice for Barish’s accent wall.
Prepasted Wallpaper Ideas
If you’ve got wall-commitment issues like my Dearest Wife, well there’s good news! Most of the prepasted wallpapers and all of the peel and stick wallpapers are easily removable.
(Remember trying to remove wallpaper back in the 70s and 80s? It would have been easier just to knock down the wall and build a new one!)
The following four examples are some of our favorites among the prepasted wallpaper designs. We certainly weren’t considering anything floral for Barish’s bedroom, but any of these would look great in our guest bedroom. (Yup, that makeover is in the pipeline!)
Peel and Stick Wallpaper Ideas
And that brings us to peel and stick. There is a vibrant and colorful ocean of peel and stick wallpapers, wall murals and wall decals.
A few short weeks ago, I thought that hanging wallpaper would be the same pain-in-the-ass DIY job that it was last century, but my eyes have been opened!
Hanging wallpaper is now as easy as placing a sticker on a wall!
And the best part?
They are removable!
This is not only a god-send for a wishy-washy wall warrior like Handan, but really, it’s any DIYers dream come true!
Oh, the possibilities are endless, and we just can’t wait for our guest bedroom and master bedroom makeovers!
Wall Stencil Ideas
As we searched for suitable boy-friendly wallpaper ideas for Barish’s accent wall, we never considered wall murals or wall decals. Instead, we decided the easiest way for us to create an accent wall would be with a wall stencil, so off Handan went to the digital playground of Etsy to do a little stencil shopping.
She found some great wall stencils at StencilsLabNY, StenCilit, and Gypsy Mint Stencils. Together, we managed to narrow them down to four and then after weighing the opinions of our dear readers, we called in Barish to cast the deciding vote. It’s his room, after all!
It didn’t take him more than a couple of seconds to choose the Polka Dot Drop Down Boarder Stencil by Gypsy Mint Stencils.
Applying a Wall Stencil
When our stencil arrived, Handan pulled it from its tube and ran upstairs to get started. She’d been waiting a long time for this accent wall!
The process couldn’t be easier.
Align the stencil
She simply aligned the top of the stencil with the ceiling and secured the sides and bottom corners with painter’s tape.
She had already started the second run before I had a chance to catch a picture. (While she was stenciling, I was in the basement hacking a Kallax.)
The wall stencil is designed so that the first and last columns of dots are the same. This allows for precise alignment of the next run.
Paint the wall stencil
The color Handan, Barish and I unanimously chose is Behr’s Beacon Blue (P510-7). It is an intense and beautiful blue similar to International Klein Blue, which is one of my all-time favorite colors.
I considered giving the online color swatch below, but it really looks nothing like it does in real life, so let the paint tray below be your guide. Of course, when it dries, it loses just a bit of that brilliance, but not much.
Handan applied the Beacon Blue with a small roller until no white was visible in the stencil areas.
Remove wall stencil and reposition
To remove the stencil, she started from the top, and carefully pulled back.
While the most recent paint dried a bit, we laid the stencil on a piece of cardboard to prevent getting paint on the carpet.
After about 15-20 minutes, she repositioned the wall stencil, taped it down and painted over it again. The slight buildup of paint after several uses does lead to a small amount of bleed-under, but really, the shapes are already so amorphous that it’s not really noticeable and not at all distracting.
While Beacon Blue would likely be too intense for an entire wall, it is perfect for a stencil, as the intensity of the blue is muted by the surrounding white.
Ah, there is nothing so fine as blue and white together! Pretty soon, you’ll see some beautiful DIY wooden wall art for that accent wall.
If you’re following along with the teen bedroom makeover, here’s how we stand:
Teen Bedroom Makeover Checklist (for The First Room)
Teen bedroom ideas and laying out the game plan DIY alcohol ink switch plates
- Paint the walls
Build 2 IKEA Billy bookcases Build a daybed Hack IKEA Kallax into a TV stand Create an accent wall
- Buy or DIY plugin sconces
- Make wooden wall art
- Build a small chess table
- Build 2 guitar display frames
- Buy a new desk
- Change the fan
- DIY fired alcohol ink art
- Hack IKEA Laptop Stand
- Buy throw pillows
- Add greenery: faux plants, air plants, DIY air plant holders
- Metal filing cabinet makeover
- DIY Craftsman style trim
- World map wall art
- Small closet makeover
- Barish’s first room reveal
Click here to see more teen bedroom makeover posts as we continue to cross items off our checklist!