The wallpaper fell out of favor a few decades ago, but thanks to regular appearances on blockbuster shows like Upper Fixator Plus all kinds of nifty ideas to find on Instagram, it’s a big comeback, especially the peel-and-stick variety. Covering an entire room is a big commitment, and not everyone is comfortable embarking on a permanent transformation of the decor. The best temporary wallpaper allows you to experiment with accent walls or full length prints without worrying about messy wallpaper paste or damage to your walls.
Also known as removable wallpaper or peel and stick wallpaper, today’s temporary options essentially act like a big sticker. Just measure and cut out what you need, peel off the backing, and stick it on your wall or any surface of your choice, like the inside of a bookshelf or the top of a dresser. Since it is self-adhesive, no glue is required. What if you don’t feel it in a few years? Simply remove it, with no stripping necessary (or residue left behind) – an apartment dweller’s or serial designer dream.
Of course, the journey to carpeted walls, even temporary ones, starts with finding the right look for you. We’ve rounded up some of the best peel and stick wallpaper options out there, whatever style you’re looking for.
Play with the flowers
Tempaper was one of the first brands to launch a collection of exclusively peelable and tacky wallpapers. This option from the brand takes the traditional floral wallpaper and gives it a modern upgrade. Bold blues and greens showcase a contemporary yet classic wildflower design. Stick it on shelves, inside dressers, on headboards or to create a truly vibrant accent wall. You can even use it in the bathroom, it is vapor resistant. The self-adhesive wallpaper is also eco-friendly and 100% American made. While Food52 offers a few Tempaper options, you can also explore their extensive collection on Amazon.
Get the modern farmhouse look with Shiplap
Joanna Gaines made the shiplap a must-have design element for modern farm fans, but it doesn’t come cheap—or easy to install. This vinyl temporary wallpaper features a slightly distressed white wood grain pattern for a distressed wood look, no carpenter needed. Use it to make certain areas of your home stand out, like the siding on the front of stairs, the wall in a bedroom, a reading nook, or even the wall behind your workspace for a fun zoom background.
Bring the coastal vibe inside
For those times when you’re looking at polka dots but don’t want something with such definitive circles, there’s this removable polyester option from designer Rebecca Atwood. The design features whimsical hand-painted speckles in calming blue tones. Fun fact: The look of the wallpaper was originally painted in Atwood’s sketchbook before it ended up on rollers. It is also available in gray and peach tones.
Create visual interest with metals
Add wallpaper that really stands out with this textured metallic design from World Menagerie. The non-toxic removable wallpaper is available in gold or silver, so you can find the look that suits your decor. This self-adhesive wallpaper is moisture resistant, so you can apply it just about anywhere in your home. Try it on the dining room walls or use it to re-finish the backs of older cabinets.
Add a touch of whimsy
Add a playful vibe to your space with the original design by Rifle Paper Co. featuring delicate flowers, illustrated animals and perfectly painted tree tops. Use it to create an eye-catching wall in your home office, give an old piece of furniture a makeover, or infuse a bathroom with personality. The wallpaper is washable, removable and is available in three colors: navy blue, cream or black.
Keep it classy with black and white
Live out your dreams of mid-century modern decor with this eye-catching black and white print. The peel and stick vinyl wallpaper features a modern retro geometric print that adds depth to any room. You can even use it to spruce up older furniture. Just peel, stick, and smooth it over any flat surface for an instant wow effect. If you go for a classic black and white look, the wallpaper is also available in green, orange and taupe.
Beautify your walls with pink
Want to put pink in a room without being too sweet? This woven polyester adhesive wallpaper features a light bulb pattern on a pale pink background that is suitable for living rooms, dining rooms, nurseries … just about anywhere. The paper is made with non-toxic water-based inks in a matte finish and comes in three different floor-to-ceiling sizes for quick and easy installation.
Make a bold statement with abstract murals
This wallpaper from Chasing Paper is simply beautiful. It looks like a custom mural, but … it isn’t. Rather, it is a temporary wallpaper printed with GreenGuard certified latex inks, so you can feel comfortable putting it in any room in your home. The paper has a matte finish and is fade and smudge resistant, so you can enjoy it for years to come. Can’t decide between white, plum, dark gray or light gray? Order a sample for only $ 6.
Give a warm atmosphere with unique textures
Grasscloth has an amazing ability to instantly add warmth and depth to any room. Designed to look like the versatile fabric, this peel-and-stick option features a grass weave pattern that can texturize walls in living room, study, dining room, or even walk-in closet. While the cream color is a classic option, the wallpaper is also available in a deep navy blue and a calming neutral.
Create a striking backdrop with geometric patterns
When you want to think big or come home, go for this exceptional print from Etsy’s Ondecorstore. Featuring stacked triangles in navy, gold, beige, white and gray tones, this geometric paper is a total statement piece. Layer it behind a shelf to add a cool surprise, or try it behind your headboard for an accent wall. Choose between smooth, canvas and fabric textures for the perfect finish.
Make an impression with graphic prints
An impressive mix of muted and bold, Minted’s Rainbow Double Paper makes a statement while blending into just about any color palette. The panels are printed on a matte woven fabric for a slight texture and – this is a nice perk for the installation – they are tear resistant. You can also reposition the panels until they are perfect. The whole thing is PVC free which makes it safer than many commercial wallpapers.
Create a characteristic industrial-inspired wall
Creating a real brick accent wall in your home is expensive. Instead, this peel and stick brick wallpaper is only a fraction of the price. Printed on smooth vinyl, faux brick, available in neutral, gray and distressed red hues instantly adds a chic farmhouse or urban loft vibe to any space. Apply it as a quick and easy backsplash or make your bedroom wall stand out. The paper is durable like traditional wallpaper and can be easily applied or removed in minutes. Pro Tip: Layer the seams for a more realistic look.