Wall Decals, Stenciling, And More: Interior Decorating Ideas For Your Budget (Slide Show)

Whether you’ve recently moved or simply want to spruce up your current living space, one of the most effective ways to change the vibe of a room is to decorate the walls. If you don’t mind shoving around your furniture and repainting at the end of your lease term, it’s relatively inexpensive to paint an accent wall in your home. But, we’re stepping it up a notch: We’re creating professional-looking designs on our walls, which look cooler than mere paint and require less moving around of furniture.

We’ve Found Ourselves Caught In Love With Wall Decals

The Belle and Sebastian song got it right, at least if it were describing our relationship to wall art. Wall decals, often made from vinyl, are a great alternative to expensive professional paint jobs and wall paper (which can easily cost over $1,000 for one room). Nearly always under $100 (and sometimes even under $10), all you have to do is stick these designs straight onto your wall. We love that we won’t have to paint over these spots when we finally move to a new apartment, either. No fuss on our end—but guests will definitely make a fuss when they see the designs.

Here Are A Few Of Our Favorite Places To Nab Decals

Our favorite designs are on the website Blik, which also has slightly higher prices than a lot of the competition. Its smaller designs start around $25; bigger and more complex decals can cost as much as $75, which is still a lot cheaper than wallpaper or a paint job. Etsy also features a ton of cute wall decals, some of which can be had pretty cheaply, like this small shooting flower design for $3.

It’s Also Not Hard To Make Them Yourself

One of our friends liked the design of these bird decals but didn’t feel the need to pay $35. So, she printed out one of the shapes as big as she could, cut it out, and traced it onto poster board a few times. She cut out the shapes and mounted the birds on the wall with sticky tack. She surrounded the shapes with a big, empty, antique picture frame bought off the street in New York for about $25. This technique will only work for the simpler designs, but it has the potential to save a lot of money—and make you feel highly artistic.

For A More Permanent Project, Try Wall Stenciling

Before beginning, make sure the wall is clean and smooth. Repair little holes in the wall and apply a fresh coat of paint (it’s better to use flat paint instead of gloss). For a comprehensive step-by-step guide to wall stenciling, check out these detailed instructions. Although there are lots of websites that sell wall stencils, it’s also possible to browse through stencils at your local home supplies store like Home Depot.

Check out our slide show with some of our favorite designs.

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Slideshow photos from whatisblick.com and Etsy.com.

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  • Cmorg

    I put wall decals up last year & wrote an article about it for a freelancing gig- I am obsessed with them. I priced it out compared to wallpaper, and it was a quarter of the price. I highly recommend them to anyone that wants to get a little bit creative!

  • Sarah

    I just got some decals from Lushlife Studio on Etsy (http://www.etsy.com/shop/lushlifestudio) and they were super affordable and added just the right touch on my office wall, plus tons of color options (it took me forever to make my final choice!)

  • This collection of wall decors is really awesome.. I love all the design, especially the yacht in the sea..

  • This collection of wall decors is really awesome.. I love all the design, especially the yacht in the sea..

  • This collection of wall decors is really awesome.. I love all the design, especially the yacht in the sea..