Wall Decals: Classy Art Trick or Tacky Accessory?

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR Magazine

wall decalsWall decals–or pretty much wall stickers–are increasingly growing in popularity to decorate walls in a room, but should you use them in staging properties for sale or will it send the message as tacky? (Take the poll.)

These peel-and-stick decals can depict anything and everything, from bold graphics to cartoon characters to motivational phrases. They are inexpensive and easy to stick onto a wall and just peel off when you’re ready to move on.

“Those old-fashioned, ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is’ kind of sayings in that script, I think those are a little cheesy,” designer and TV host Sabrina Soto, a guest designer on HGTV’s “HGTV’d” series, told Florida Today (“Designers’ Do’s and Don’t for Decorating With Decals”).

But wall decals aren’t just for spreading “cheesy” messages or showing off the latest “Cars” or “Toy Story” character in children’s bedrooms. Some designers are actually using wall decals more artistically and incorporating them like wallpaper or an accent wall (see video below). Unlike wallpaper, though, the decals are easy to peel off. And as an art accessory to the walls, they won’t leave any holes behind either.

For example, for a small or awkward space, a single, graphic image decal can actually give “depth to a room and gives some interest to the architecture,” Betsy Burnham of Los Angeles’ Burnham Design told Florida Today in the article. For example, in a small bedroom, a headboard decal may be “a great way to have fun without taking up any space,” Soto adds.

Watch the video below from the Home Staging Channel to see an example of using wall decals more artistically.


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Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. I like wall decals. I think they allow you to express your personality and to set an immediate ‘feel’ in the room you use them in.

  2. Personally I like image deals, but not words, names, or prayers.

  3. James Pierce

    I’m not sure about the stickers for house staging because there are so many varieties of house buyers. However, with the ease of placement and removal I think they are great for a homeowner who wants to “spice it up”.

  4. I have been in some homes that had some beautiful decals and saying across an accent wall, I have also been in a few homes of sport fanatics. In an area where you either love your local team and hate all other or hate sports all together; those rooms can be a hard sell.

  5. Marilyn

    I think its tacky if you put em in each room in your home or sayings in adjacent rooms where you walk in the house and its like ee ee ee like there gonna attack you less is definitely more and in a nice font and a msg that describes you or you family can be very tasteful. Sorry Sabrina i love you but ima have to disagree.