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Time to Update Your Home: Wallpaper Is Back

Creating a custom design or trying a new pattern has never been easier

A hook rack placed on top of blue shaped wallpaper

Chasing Paper

En español | If you’ve heard that wallpaper is trendy again, you should also know that unlike the rolls of old, today’s versions don’t require a lifetime commitment to a single motif, nor a week to put up.   

Options in removable wallpapers have exploded in the past couple of years, with everyone from niche sites to major retailers offering chic ways to update a room faster than you can say peel-and-stick. Thanks to new adhesives, not only is paste often not required, but if you goof on positioning the roll on a first pass, you can just pull it away from the wall and try again.

And if you tire of, say, a giant banana leaf, you can easily peel off the paper — no scrubbing required — months or even years later.

But since many of the companies below also let you design your own roll using a favorite print, image or even a photo, chances are good that you'll love your custom design enough to keep it up a while. 

To get started, check out these online sites.

Try for master-bedroom-worthy options like upscale chinoiserie or inky block prints.

To add saturated color to something like a kitchen backsplash, check out and their new Moroccan “tiles” printed on peel-and-stick paper that can be cut to size. 

West Elm, Target and CB2 all offer a variety of trendy geometrics and botanicals that can turn your powder room into a statement piece, plus go-anywhere motifs like metallic dots or soothing ikats and medallions.

Gold leaf wallpaper in a bathroom

West Elm

For wallpaper that’s also a retirement hobby, check out On the site, you can choose from artist-designed peel-and-stick options (trending right now: floral watercolors, Monstera leaves and rose-gold metallics), or design your own by uploading a favorite photo, a hand-drawn pattern or something like vintage album covers. From there, you can follow their guides to manipulate the image and choose colors, or ask an on-site artist for help.

Pattern wallpaper in a kitchen


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