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Vinyl Wall Applique Decorating Ideas

Updated on January 31, 2015

One of the hottest interior decorating items is vinyl wall appliques or vinyl wall decals. You can create incredible designer looks for a fraction of the cost of painting.

I was a little skeptical when I first saw these thinking they probably wouldn't work too well. I pictured them having the tackiness of a window cling or a Post-it note and assumed they probably wouldn't stay up on the wall. I was wrong.

Vinyl wall decals are an excellent alternative to painting and they allow you to create stunning looks in your home in minutes and for a fraction of the cost of other home decorating alternatives. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. You can get tiny ones on up to full mural size. There is something for every budget that I know you'll enjoy.

White Chandelier vinyl wall decal on a black glossy wall
White Chandelier vinyl wall decal on a black glossy wall

My daughter has plans to be an interior decorator. With this in mind, you can imagine how she loves redecorating her room.

Recently, while redecorating her room for the second time in the last couple of years she opted to purchase a white chandelier applique for her wall. The wall behind her bed is painted glossy black. The walls to the left and are a hot pink. The wall opposite the bed is white with black stenciled scrolled designs. Just for the record, the stenciling process was very time-consuming.

She has had numerous comments on the wall applique you see pictured here.

Tree vinyl wall decal
Tree vinyl wall decal

Types and Styles of Wall Decals to Choose From

There are many types and styles of vinyl wall decals to choose from. Just a few of the styles you can find are:

  • Abstract art-all types of swirls, dots, triangles, boxes, stripes, lines, etc.
  • Plants and trees-potted ferns, palm trees, large oak trees, bonsai trees, apple blossoms on branches, etc.
  • Quotes & Sayings-Live, Laugh, Love, Faith, Hope, Kiss the Cook, famous quotes, verses, rhymes, inspirational sayings, etc.
  • Victoriana-chandeliers, candelabras, Tiffany lamps, frames, doorknockers, Fleur de lis, etc.
  • Cartoon characters-Mickey Mouse, Disney, Spongebob, Spiderman, Scooby-do, Fairies, Dora the Explorer, etc.
  • Sports & Hobbies-Auto racing, monster trucks, model airplanes, trains, skateboarding, surfing, basketball, baseball, football, etc.
  • Floral patterns-sunflowers, daisies, roses, floral wreaths, vines, buds, blossoms, etc.
  • Skyline silhouettes-New York, Paris, London, Golden Gate Bridge, Eiffel Tower, etc.
  • Movie Stars-Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, Elvis, Michael Jackson, Blues Brothers, Charlie Chaplin, etc.
  • Animals & Critters-butterflies, lions, tigers, birds, fish, elephant, zebra, horse, cats, etc.
  • Other-lips, guitars, English phonebooth, lamp post, electric power lines, maps, payphone, gas pump, etc.

Try a Couple Today

Why not try a few small ones and see how you like them?  Remember, if you don't like them simply peel them off.   The hardest part will deciding on only two.

Installation Tips

Watch the short video below that shows you just how easy the vinyl wall decals are to install.

Advantages of Decorating with Vinyl Wall Decals

These are several nice advantages to decorating with vinyl wall decals:

  • Easy to apply. Anyone can peel and stick a vinyl wall decal. The decal sticks to any dry clean surface.
  • Easily moved. The decals can easily be peeled off and moved to another location. This is particularly handy if you move around a lot or simply like to redecorate occasionally.
  • Relatively inexpensive. You can find wall decals in all price ranges making them affordable for everyone.
  • In the case of plants, trees, cats, etc, the vinyl decals allow you to decorate your home with these features without the upkeep of the real live versions. This also helps people with allergies.
  • Impress your friends. The trendy styles and unique designs will generate compliments from all your friends and family.

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      mabmiles 6 years ago

      I love it.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you MsCookM!

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      MsCookM 7 years ago

      Nice one. I love your tips!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals. There are so many options when using these.

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      Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Nice hub, great information.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Decowindowfilms! I love how easy they are to apply and how well they look after you do.

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      decowindowfilms 7 years ago

      Nice info. There's so many great decorating methods it's unbelievable.

      What a great way to instantly change the look.

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      ajbarnett 7 years ago

      Cool ideas. Thank you for sharing. Well done.

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      Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Great hub KC- I worked with vinyl graphics for over 14 years when my husband and I owned a sign company. I've been waiting for vinyl to catch on in interior decorating...there are so many things the decals can be used for!!

      Thanks for writing about this!

      Thumbs up.

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      moonlake 7 years ago from America

      Enjoyed your hub. I just ordered a wall applique for my kitchen. It was nice to see how to put them on now I'm not worried about getting it hung up.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Marcy, Singh and Shelby! I'm looking at several that I like. The hardest part is choosing only one!

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      shelby22 7 years ago from Houston

      I love this as a decorating idea! Think I'm going to be looking into the quotes for the bedrooms.

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      Singh1987 7 years ago

      I am really a great fan of abstract art because it actually makes you think. Sometimes it can be a little confusing but interesting and brightens your mind. Furniture also has some form of abstract art because of the design and quality of raw material used. Teak furniture is the one that really fascinates me, my friend told me about this site that has great teak furniture it is http://www.ultimatefoldingchairs.com

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      Marcy Moore 7 years ago

      This is a great decorating idea for temporary spaces like apartments or rental homes. Very cute.

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks relica! I like their portability too! I was really surprised how easy they were to work with.

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      relica 7 years ago from California

      Love your post --- I have used wall decals a number of times over the years, and they are so easy to use. They are great for apartment living where you are not allowed to paint your walls, because when you move you can take them with you!

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      KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Casey. You're absolutely correct. I wish more people realized they were available and so easy to use.

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      Casey 7 years ago

      Wow, this is a great idea. It's perfect for someone who wants a unique wall design but are living in a temporary space.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Ella, I agree. I like that they are not permanent and you can move them around. I'm dying to get one of the big palm trees.

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      Ella D'Zur 8 years ago

      I love the room decals. They make a unique and artistic focal point.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      My dad taught me a lot about drawing and art. I then handed much of that down to my kids. I'd say she inherited her appreciation for art and design from me, but she has quite a style of her own. My son was very artistic as well.

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      Nelle Hoxie 8 years ago

      Your daughter's room sounds quite artistic and daring. I'm envious of her style. Did she inherit it from you?

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks Landthatilove! Are you talking about line 2 of creating a hub? It will fill in on it's own. It's the title of your hub.

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      landthatilove 8 years ago from ohio

      I put this on Facebook to share with my peeps!

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      landthatilove 8 years ago from ohio

      how Kooooooooooooool!

      Hey KC, not to try to drive off subject here but you publish a lot of hubs. in the box "create a unique url" what does that mean and how do you do that? I have published two hubs total and can't remember what I put in there other than some nonsense. I put this question up but I think it's buried and have not received a response. Thanks so much in advance.

      love love love your hubs!

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      These are movable. I haven't personally moved one myself only because we like it where we put it and haven't wanted to change it yet. I love the plants decals and some of the modern swirly designs.

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Cool stuff, KCC. I was looking at wall murals in an art website but I think I like the decal idea better. Especially if you can move them. The wall mural thing was a lot more expensive and PERMANENT! Thanks.

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      KCC Big Country 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Sukhera!

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      sukhera143 8 years ago from Home

      Thanks for nice hub.