Apparently I am obsessed with wall decals. At least that’s the conclusion I’ve come to recently! You see, over the years, I have decorated my homes with wonderful removable wall decals. They stick on and peel off easily, so they are perfect for a rental or if you just like changing up your decor quickly with minimal fuss. As for me, I seem to have a theme when picking wall stickers…
You see, I have lived in Florida most of my life. And, let me tell you, Florida is called the sunshine state for a reason. We have bright sunlight almost EVERY day of the year. It is very rarely overcast or rainy ALL DAY here. According to Sperling’s Best Places, on average, there are 246 sunny days per year in Tampa, Florida. So, when you live here, you get used to it being sunny.
Most homes here have many large windows and porches the full length of the house with big sliding glass doors, so our homes are usually filled with light. It’s awesome! (Although air conditioning is a must and having a pool is a wonderful perk, just for the record.)
But what if you don’t have a lot of windows or a less than spectacular view out of the windows you do have?
Use removable wall decals!
End of hall space – boring to cohesive look.
When we built our first house in 2002, it had the Florida must-haves: big windows and the big porch, but there were a few odd parts that were really dark! For example, we had this weird little alcove next to our downstairs bathroom that was always dark. There was an option from the builder to make this space into a linen closet, which we didn’t do for some reason. If you’ve ever had a house built, you know how many decisions you have to make all at once and it can be pretty overwhelming!
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My husband added a can light in the space, which helped, but it was still boring, blank tan. Then, I discovered Wallies! They are large vinyl decals that stick right to your walls and they can be peeled back off again. Easy-peasy! So, I found this lovely window scene, and it made a HUGE difference in that space. I added an antique half-moon table and globe I inherited from my aunt, and – voilà – the space looked great! With minimal fuss!!!
Master bathroom – boring to tranquil.
I liked that one so much, I bought a second one for in my master bathroom. It was just a boring bit of blank wall in the “potty closet,” and since the walls were painted a soft mossy green, the colors of the decal worked perfectly in there, too.
Here’s the master bath.
and a close-up.
Laundry room – boring to fun!
So, I was on a roll! I had already painted our laundry room (which is upstairs near the bedrooms) a cheery sky blue. I even added puffy white clouds. Definitely better, but it needed something more…
Another window wall decal to the rescue! This one had a pretty meadow scene full of cheerful flowers. It almost made you want to do laundry. Almost…
Sorry I don’t have very clear pictures, and there is so much glare, (this was taken on an old digital camera 12 years ago) but you can mostly see it.
Here’s another picture, still not great, but with a bit more detail.
House #2 – More removable wall decals!
We moved to Michigan for my husband’s job twice for about 5 years each time, or as I call it – we “did time” in Michigan for 10 years. Sorry, Michiganders, but it was so cold and gloomy from November until April or May. I just couldn’t get used to going for weeks with everything being gray and without sunshine after living in Florida most of my life.
Basements, a new adventure in dark!
So, another difference I discovered while there was basements! We don’t have those in Florida. Heck, if you dig down more than 6 feet or so, you hit water, and we sit on limestone and sand with a giant aquifer underneath (you have heard of Zephyrhills spring water, right?), so basements are not an option here.
What to do with a basement bathroom complete with 80’s mauve fixtures and no windows?
The master bathroom in the basement was huge! It even had a sauna in it. But, it was very dark, with one tiny 1’x2′ window that was at ground level. Very, very weird to this Floridian… But, what made it worse was the remodel that had happened in the 80’s and the, ahem, vibrant fixtures. They were good quality Kohler fixtures, but the giant Jacuzzi tub (with, yes, green ivy stenciled around the skirting), toilet and pedestal sink were mauve! (Actually, the Kohler color was “raspberry puree,” which you can see if you click on the 80’s tab on the link.) So, we replaced the toilet and sink with white fixtures, and converted the sauna into a gorgeous double shower. We didn’t really want to have the expense of replacing the tub, since we prefer to shower, but we really needed to dress up that corner of the bathroom.
So, once again, wall decals to the rescue!
I love Italian scenery and since we painted the walls a nice neutral warm tan, and the perfectly good floor tiles were a white and mauve “marbled” look, which we decided to keep, I found a Tuscan-inspired scene wall decal that had the perfect coloring for the space(even a bit of mauve!). I added another Italian scene print and some bowls of flowers, and it really helped the tub blend in more.
Here’s the decal.
(Later on, we did stain the skirting a much darker color that completely hid the ivy, by the way… 🙂 )
Here’s a better view of the decal.
We moved back to Florida in 2010, but I haven’t added any new wall decals to this house…yet.
Because it’s been a while since I bought any wall decals, I was delighted when looking on Amazon to find so many new designs that I really like, especially the sayings and the fun ones for children’s rooms! There are even ones for the floor! So, I’ve put together a collection of my favorite current wall decals currently available on Amazon.
So, now that you see what a difference adding removable wall decals does to your space, why not try some?
They are ideal to dress up a rental space and I think they are reasonably priced and very easy to use. I bet you have a space that could use a new look, too. Right?
Which decals did you like best? Leave me a reply and let me know!
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