DIY Patterned Faux Wallpaper


I really like the look of some wallpapers when used sparingly; however, I'm a little terrified of it. Perhaps it's the memory of my parents tensely trying to get it on the wall just right; or perhaps it's the sight of curling, peeling wall paper falling off the wall, only to reveal there's an even more hideous layer underneath.

That is why I like the idea of patterned decals. It's basically a way to customize "wallpaper" without the hassle of actually putting up wallpaper. They come in many shapes and colors; they're already sticky; they can later be removed without damaging the wall. It's a win all around.

The wall decals I am using in this post are from Cozy Wall Art. They were generous enough to send them to me for free to try, but I was in no way compensated for this post, and my opinions and experiences are entirely my own.

If I don't like something I receive, I just don't write about it - but I really love these decals! I chose the 2" triangles in white.



Switching Bedrooms

Last year I spent some time trying to finish my bedroom. I came up with a mood board, and went ahead with painting the walls a very dark grey, almost black color.

Then, as it often does with young children, the unforeseen happened. Both of my girls started potty training at night at the same time - the trouble was, they were afraid to get up at go on their own in the dark. Nightlights were not the solution, as my hallway has no outlets. The only solution I could find was to give them our bedroom, which has a half-bath in it.

I was happy to do so, because I've always really liked the tiniest room in our house. It started as the kids' room, and later I turned it into my office.

Please excuse the mess - they were 2 & 3 at the time.
I like this room because it's cozy, and we're really only ever in there to sleep, so why do I need the extra space?

I won't reveal the whole thing until it's done, which should be within the next month or so. For today, I'm only focusing on one project: the faux wallpaper on one wall. Here's the wall before:


And here it is all painted - it's YOLO Colorhouse's Nourish .06:


The next step was to apply the white triangle wall decals.



I applied them peeling each one off by hand, using my eye to space them apart. It did not matter to me if they were exactly evenly spaced or not, but if that is important to you then a ruler can be used. I changed the direction of each triangle slightly, so that the were not too uniform.

The decals by Cozy Wall Art removed easily and did not pull up paint with them. Since I applied this pattern using only my eye, I had to move a few of the triangles to even out the pattern, and it was no problem. The decals also came with a handy tool to apply the decals smoothly, so that was appreciated.

Here's how the wall looks now:


Before the wall was patterned I had a painting hanging there next to my necklaces. Now that the wall is patterned, it just doesn't fit. I'm thinking about putting a mirror here, which could come in handy for putting on makeup in my room. Here are a few options I've found:


1. Uttermost Karim Mirror from Wayfair 2. Paragon Black and Gold Mirror from Wayfair
3. Pleated Mirror from West Elm 4. Vintage Oval Mirror from Cubecone on Etsy

I'll reveal more of the room as I get a chance to work on it. Thanks again to Cozy Wall Art for providing the triangle wall decals for this project!

P.S. I'm linking this post up to the #LoveYourHome link-up - click below to see some other great home-related posts!
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12 comments :

  1. This is so adorable, I love it, I hope I could paint my (rented) home in that beautiful dark colour x

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    1. Thanks! I'll admit I was a little nervous at first with it being so dark, but especially for a bedroom, I really like it.

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  2. Totally loving this, it looks fantastic. I saw a diy wall done with gold circle decals which inspired me to use some cloud decals in my daughters nursery last year. There's so many more cool designs on decals in the states I think, I find of lot of uk ones a bit cutesy.

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    1. Jenni, I love those gold circles! I'm really tempted to put some in my living room. Clouds sound so lovely for a nursery. I agree, it can be hard to find designs that aren't too cutesy - that's why I tend to gravitate to the geometrically-shaped decals.

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  3. I too feel apprehensive about wallpaper, though I am loving my first attempt in my bedroom. I think this is a fab solution, it look greay, love the colour choice. The Ana Mum Diary x

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    1. Thank you! Did you wallpaper your entire bedroom, or just one wall? I'm sure I'll give it a try someday - I just find it a bit intimidating :)

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  4. This is a GREAT idea. I love it. And I think it looks so trendy too. I love number 1 or 3 mirror for above the dresser. Would look great with any of them though. I hate putting up wall paper too so this would really suit me. Favorite wall decorating idea I have seen so far. #loveyourhome

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    1. Thank you for your input, Jenny! #3 is my current favorite for sure... just have to save up!

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  5. I just love this idea! Time consuming I guess, but the effect is brilliant - thanks for joining in the linky :) #LoveYourHome

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    1. Thanks, Jen! It actually wasn't too time consuming, although I only did one wall in the room. It might be a bit too tedious to do an entire room this way.

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  6. Wall art is so cool, especially for someone like me who has a phobia about wallpaper. I love mirror number 3. That would definitely be my pick.

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  7. Thanks for your input! I am definitely leaning towards mirror #3 as well.

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