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Minimalist and monochromatic walls have long reigned supreme in American homes for about two decades now. However, the philosophy of design and decor maximalism is rising to challenge the status quo, and with it, wallpaper is making a comeback. For those who enjoy DIY projects, those eager to join the maximalist movement, or those simply looking for an easy way to add some personality to the interiors of their homes, peel-and-stick wallpaper is a great option.

What’s Special About Peel-and-Stick?

If you’re unfamiliar with wallpapering, you may not truly understand what a gift peel-and-stick wallpaper is to DIYers. Previously, wallpaper application was quite an ordeal. It required applying a coat of adhesive to your walls with a paint roller and then applying the wallpaper, or submerging the wallpaper in water to activate the adhesive and then applying it to your walls. Plus, the glue was “permanent.” When it came to removing it, you had to scuff up your walls with a scoring tool, spray the paper with water, then scrape it off with a putty knife.

Now, with the invention of peel-and-stick wallpaper, the whole process is so much easier and far less messy! All you need to do is simply peel off the back layer of the peel-and-stick wallpaper to expose the adhesive and then apply it by starting at the ceiling and working down. Use a putty knife or similar tool to work out air bubbles as you go. Then, cut off any excess at the bottom. Repeat until your walls are covered! When you’re ready for a decor change, the paper peels right off the wall again! (Be sure to follow the application guidelines that come with your peel-and-stick wallpaper to make sure it will remove cleanly when it’s time to move out or move on to another look!)

Peel-and-stick wallpapers are available in designs that can boost interior decor in a way that suits maximalists who crave color and pattern, minimalists who want to add just a touch of visual interest, and nearly everyone in between. Get creative in a baby’s room, office, or even a mudroom so you can practice the application process somewhere small and unintimidating.