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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?

MARIANNE
: 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.

CAMILLE
: 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.

DAVID HAYNES:
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:


21 Responses

  1. chuckebyrdwallart says:

    Sadly I must agree that some wall decals are being over used. That said, if you look for a site where the decal designer is selling his latest designs then you can find some great designs before they become mass-produced by large retailers. Don't settle for off the shelf designs in sizes or color you may not want, contact a shop that is really a handmade designer. We offer custom wall decals and work with each customer to make them in the colors and sizes they want. We only make the wall decal AFTER the sale so we can make them just for you. http://www.etsy.com/shop/chuckebyrdwalldecals

  2. Sherry says:

    I love the way they've been updated, and have proven they'll always be useful & fun.

  3. bender says:

    I love the funnier wall decals, they really get your attention when you see them for the first time. I haven't seen too many unique ones out there, but I did see a few funny and unique wall decals at http://www.daydreamerdecals.com

  4. david brown says:

    I liked your collection. I have seen the similar pics like these here http://www.totsntales.com/shop/wall-stickers-48

  5. Ali says:

    I personally like wall murals that cover an entire wall like they have here http://gatorprints.com/wall-wraps/

  6. Jon says:

    I think a lot of wall decals are unoriginal and a little dull. We tried to find original contemporary designs when decorating, but just ended up trawling site after site. In the end we designed our own and set up our own website. Why not check it out? Adorn Decals

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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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