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BRIANA: Wall decals can be fun and are definitely convenient (especially for my fellow renters, holla!), but when I saw them in my fiancé’s grandparents’ home over the holiday break, I knew they’d reached peak saturation. So, are you tired of this trend? Or are you still stuck on decals?

flock of birds wall decals

KELLEY: I loved them at first – so cute! So clever! I especially liked the chandeliers. Now when I see them, I shudder. They feel so two years ago. Oversaturation is right!

LILI: I will admit that I may have a tree branch over my bed, not unlike this one:

branch wall decal

(Note: not my actual bed here.) And I like my branches, especially since I don’t have a headboard. It anchors the space and looks pretty without being overly feminine. However! I am really annoyed by every other decal I see in “grown-up” rooms. Does that make me a hypocrite? Definitely. For me, the exception is childrens’ rooms where they make perfect sense and are as easily changeable as a growing kid’s tastes:

flower decals

SARAH: The fabulous pinners on HGTV’s Pinterest love this decal headboard alternative. This is a teen’s bedroom submitted by RMS user dodi.

wall decal headboard alternative

DAVID HAYNES: Is this a reboot on stencil painting? Stenciling — as once-upon-a-time advocated boldly in how-to segments on our very own networks — and now soundly admonished on the recent DIY special, That’s So ‘90s.

90s stencil pattern

Are we ready for ‘90s nostalgia?

: I’m over most of them, but I’ll admit I was eyeing this for my little girl’s room:

fishwall decals

It’s so much cheaper (and less permanent!) than wallpaper and would make a charming accent wall.

: LOVE that for a little girl’s room. It’s also a great idea for apartment dwellers who want a colorful but removable kitchen backsplash.

FARIMA: I’m not really a fan, but I do think it’s a great option if you can’t paint the walls.

KAYLA: Marianne, I *love* that! I’m tired of the chandeliers, birds on a wire and Eiffel Towers you see everywhere, but I like the idea of Christmas tree decals if you want to add a festive touch to a small home or kids room:

christmas tree decal

Or decals to dress up the fifth wall:

ceiling decal

But no, I don’t want Ctrl, Alt, Del decals over my bathtub or anywhere in my home, thanks.

bathtub decal

LIZ: I had this decal in my old apartment in bright green. Sure, my boyfriend and I almost killed each other putting it up, but it was totally worth it.

city building decal

Wall decals have come a long way (you can even get herringbone wall tiles!), but some designs have “over-stuck” their welcome.  If it’s not surprising, why hang ‘em?

GRANT: Flying birdies seem to be popular when it comes to wall decals — and I don’t care for that one bit. These pigeons need to be roosted on one of Lili’s tree limbs — mid-air flocks give me the creeps.

bird decals over bathtub

KELLEY: I think Grant just won the Internets with that response.

hitchcock birds

MARIANNE: Roosted? Or roasted?

LILI: There totally are birds in my trees.

CAMILLE: Preferable to bats in your belfry!

GRANT: As long as they are keeping their seats, I’m good.

We’ve plastered this post with our opinions on wall decals, now tell us what YOU think:


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42 Responses

  1. Nelly Bloom says:

    Thank you for bringing up this topic. Wall decals are still beautiful and doesn't get out of trend. I have seen creative wall art decals here: http://nellybloom.com/

  2. Sharon says:

    They were interesting the FIRST time I saw them . . . .

  3. Jane says:

    I like a decal that makes a statement (in words). I feel like it makes a point, draws the eye, and creates interest. HOWEVER.. It cannot be maudlin, trite, or cliche. Something unexpected to look at? Yes!

  4. rosewood11 says:

    It depends on the design. I LOVE the dandelion silhouette on the gray wall (above), but the multi-color flowers in the children's room make me hurt.

  5. Melissa says:

    I think as long as they are not overdone they are great. I love having them in my kids' rooms because they change the look for cheap. I think in other areas in the house it is nice if done on a single wall and meaningful to the homeowners. A favorite saying in the bedroom or familyroom. I think the family trees are a cute way to display family pictures.

  6. Sophia Jackson says:

    I LOVE the Wall Decals! It’s beautiful and adds a lot to the space!

  7. Lisa Clifton says:

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Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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