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Reader Room Design: Decal Wall Treatment

February 17, 2012

After my Simple and Stylish Kitchen Organization post a reader contacted me for input on the design of her son’s bedroom. The Home Office Wall Treatment post inspired her to get motivated once she saw how an easy project can have a big impact.

She decided to start with a wall treatment and the inspiration for the room came from these wall designs:

Let me start by saying this:

  • We are all not talented artists. Even though these are simple and cartoon -like paintings, I think we have all had the experience where you try to duplicate something, spend a lot of time on it, and it ends up looking like a big steamy pile of you know what.
  • Another thing to think about is the cost. There are 5-10 different colors here. So you will need to purchase each of these paints, as well as different types and sizes of brushes to capture the right brush strokes and level of detail. You could easily spend $50-$100.
  • Then there is the time needed to complete the paintings. Some of the colors can be blended when wet, but the others will need to dry before the next color can be applied.

Have I dashed your hopes of a cute themed children’s room? I hope not! I have a few simple solutions to simulate this look, invest less time, and make it easy to change as your child ages.

Vinyl wall decals are a great wall to add a image to a wall without making it permanent.They can be reused and can be peeled away without leaving a residue if you get tired of the look.

I broke down the inspiration images above into elements that can be easily replicated:

  • Tree
  • Grass
  • Train
  • Plane
  • Clouds

A quick search of the internet pulled up the following decals available to purchase online. Click on the picture to go to the original source and order from there.

*Note: A lot of these decals come in multiple sizes. i.e. the 6ft tall tree decal is $109, but the 4ft decal is $45.

$100 can buy you the tree ($45), grass($35) and cloud decals ($15). The grass decal can be put on the same wall as the tree decal, hiding the bottom of the tree. Clouds can be placed around the branches and on opposite walls. Maybe nestle a plane into a grouping of clouds?

The best thing about the decals is you can try a variation of layouts and combinations because they peel right off. If you don’t like how it looks, you can start over in 10 seconds. If you do a mural and you don’t like it, you have to repaint the wall the base color (in this case blue) and start all over.

How about mixing it up with paint and decals? Paint on the clouds and green hills, and place the decal train and plane on top of your painting?

What do you think?

One Comment leave one →
  1. February 17, 2012 12:08 PM

    I totally like the idea of using decals rather than real paint. Unless someone is really quite talented, I feel like painted murals can look…I don’t know how to say it without being rude!

    Great idea about layering different decals!

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