"I want to spend many hours scraping an old floral print off my walls," said no one ever. Yet until recently, taking down wallpaper would mean either stripping it away from the wall then cleaning up the goo or worse, steaming, peeling and scraping the surface to get to the fresh wall beneath. The idea filled homeowners with enough dread that some opted to paint over wallcoverings.
Installing wallpaper was not much easier, requiring prepping with glue then booking and hanging before the glue dried. Underestimating shrinking during drying could lead to issues with alignment. Perhaps it was no surprise when this décor feature went somewhat out of fashion for a few decades. But wallpaper has made a comeback, and according to The Washington Post, the resurgence happened due to the rebellion of bloggers and millennials.
Or could the recent wallpaper trend have a more material cause? Removable wallpaper sounds like a dream come true, but now it is also a reality. From Home Depot to Anthropologie, retail stores and online shops offer this quick, easy and commitment-free product to designers, homeowners and even renters who want to spruce up a room or add a few accent walls without spending a lot of money, giving up hours of time or entering into a long-term relationship. In fact, there are so many removable wallpaper options, Elle Decor did a top 45 list.