Bored of hanging paintings? Don't want to commit to a permanent mural or fresco? There's an easier way - wall decals and stickers are a striking way to add colour, interest and life to plain and dull walls. These unique pieces of wall decor come in an endless variety of colours, dimensions and illustrations, and they make strong design features which really bring a room together and lend a touch of personality & style. Here, we'll go through a few things you should know about wall decals & stickers, and how to choose the right one for your room.
They're not quite wallpaper and not quite paint, but they do look like they are painted on the wall. They're in a category of their own, which reflects their simple practicality and ease of application. The word 'decal' means "a specially prepared paper bearing a picture or design for transfer to wood, metal, glass etc" (Random House Dictionary, 2013). It's short for 'decalcomania'- a bit of a mouthful - which is a noun that describes the art of this transfer process (Collins English Dictionary, 2009). Simply put, decals are a way to take a piece of art and transfer it from paper into a vibrant piece that becomes at once a part of your surroundings, and a standout feature.
What are they made of?
Wall decals are made of a very thin, flexible vinyl that is backed with adhesive. In comparison with Peel-and-stick stickers, which are made from coloured PVC material,wall decals produce a tattoo-like look on the wall and cooperate the wall colour into the design. Wall decals come in large a variety of colour shades, including metallic silver and gold.
Where can they go?
Decals can be applied to just about any clean, smooth surface, from painted walls to glass. However, preparation is important- make sure the surface is free from dust, grease, and cleaning residues. If you buy a wall decal online, it should come with comprehensive application instructions. Decals can be put up in just a few minutes.
What kind of decal should I choose?
It's really up to you- there are so many photos, illustrations, words and phrases to choose from. If you're not sure where to start, choose something that reflects your personality and also fits in with the existing decor of the room. Popular choices include name decals and decorative borders for nurseries & kids rooms, and romantic symbols & quotes for above the bed in adults' bedrooms. You can use a simple design across multiple rooms to help tie the look of your whole house together. There's also the option of making your wall decal your own - if there is a particular message you want to display, consider getting a wall decal custom made for you.