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Temporary Wallpaper for Renters Interior Decorating Ideas

Updated on July 26, 2017
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Melissa lives in Downtown Albuquerque. She loves sharing her local discoveries with fellow travelers and explorers.

Removable Wallpaper for Apartments

Don't leave behind a big mess. Use this selection of removable wallpaper for apartments instead.

The most frustrating thing about living in a place you don't own is the inability to decorate the way you want.

Most landlords don't like tenants to paint their apartments because the owner loses money painting over what the tenant leaves behind. And that's understandable, most people don't know how to paint a wall, much less trim and decorative elements. The result is a problem requiring extra time and money to cleanup.

Problem Solved!

I recently came across a great new product that causes no more harm to a landlord's walls than tape and tacks do. It's called temporary wallpaper but I have also found it described as self-adhesive wallpaper and repositionable wallpaper.

The photo is Sherwin Williams temporary wallpaper called Dahlia.

All photos on this page courtesty of Amazon, Design Public and other sellers.

Modern, Contemporary Color Combinations!


Perfect Modern Color Combination for wallcovering!

Tempaper Designs Self-Adhesive Temporary Wallpaper in color: Frosted Teal

How To Hang Tempaper



NEW temporary wallpaper styles just added-including temp wallpapers for kids New items added all the time.

Here's a great home furnishings site focused on modern design that is unique and not found on other sites.

They sell a line of temporary wallpaper called Tempaper in addition to all the other terrific items they carry.

Tempaper is a self-adhesive wallpaper that is vinyl coated. They use an artisan method to created the patterns that melds traditional techniques like copper plate engraving and state of the art printing processes. The result is a classic pattern that has the look and feel of 19th century wallpaper.

Just take a look at the pattern called Damsel.

We show it in black and white, but it also comes in silver and black, white and fuchsia, aqua and grey, and in periwinkle and white.

It's called Marrakesh and you can find it on Amazon.
It's called Marrakesh and you can find it on Amazon. | Source

Temporary Decal Brings the Outdoors Inside - Add some nature to your walls

Wall stickers are another easy way to decorate without causing problems with the landlord. Patterns to satisfy the adult or child in you are easy to find at home remodeling stores and paint retailers.

A simple, black tree design can adds a touch of the outdoors to any room. Perfect with a leaf pattern motif curtain or room with floral fabrics.

Sherwin Williams

Sherwin Williams has taken the plight of the renter seriously. They have more temporary wallpaper patterns on the market than anyone else--hundreds of patterns!

And it's not just formal living and dining wallpaper. They include patterns for kids and teens too. Everything from country to shabby chic to modern black and white, color, borders--ya just gotta see it to believe it!

Check out the the Sherwin Williams EasyChange Collection here. Scroll down the page and find "EasyChange Wallpapers".

The down side? Rolls start in the $20 and can go as high as the $70, and that's each roll (sometimes the rolls are packaged as doubles and so is the price!). Not bad if you plan on staying a while but pricey for some renters if you want to do a whole room.

Sherwin Williams temporary wallpaper pattern from its "EasyChange" products in a collection called "Dahlia".

Adhesive Wall Tiles

Wall tiles with adhesive backinig are easy to install. Look at these tile designs I found--metal subway tiles look terrific as a kitchen backsplash.

Old tile patterns add a vintage look to a hallway or dining area. Matching or at least blending with original tile in an older flat is possible with an inexpensive adhesive tile product.

Other Ways To Use Temporary Wallpaper

It doesn't just have to be a wall in the living space--living, dining, bedroom, entry, bathroom.

Try lining cabinets, especially the back wall of open cabinets.

What about as a

  • draw liner
  • closet liner
  • bathroom cabinet liner
  • inside a trunk liner
  • apply to creative boxes and gifts
  • kitchen backsplash

Have you ever used Temporary Wallpaper?

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Try Wall Fabric - Instead of painting your own wall canvas

Hang a pre-printed fabric instead of painting your own pattern on canvas.

These light-weight cotton fabrics have the perfect temporary, modern patterns for sophisticated decorating.

Alternatives to Adhesive Wallpapers

Use Canvas

Long before adhesive wallpapers were around I started using my own method of decorating my apartment walls.

I used canvas, big rolls of canvas. I would buy it at the fabric store, paint it the way I wanted it and then put grommets across the top...every six inches or so.

I would then place cup hooks, push pins (the plastic or metal ones that have some depth to them) and in one instance I used door stops (see photo) across the length of the wall, a few inches below the ceiling line. Then I would hook the canvas through the grommets and on to the "hooks" I had put into place. The canvas wasn't completely flat against the wall but had a softer look like a curtain.

Just a small warning. Those door stops are screwed into the wall at a less than lengthy depth. Hanging something heavier than light-weight canvas or fabric on them is not a good idea.

Use Paper

You can do something similar with butcher paper or even photographic backdrop paper and staple the paper directly to the wall. Decorate the paper with paint or use it in a layered fashion to create stripes, squares and other patterns.

Have You Used Adhesive Wallpapers?

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There is quite a selection, I will left my friend know about this, thanks for the information,

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I haven't used these but I might.... it would definitely brighten the place up a bit.

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      Angelina 5 years ago from California

      brilliant product!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      What a cool idea that I've never heard of! It makes a lot of sense.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have never used them before... but they look so easy!!!! Blessed!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Lovely wallpaper designs! This is a great idea for those that don't want something permanent!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This lens is pretty cool and I'm happy to look at my

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Nope, never used them in fact, this is the first time I ever heard of such a thing. Great idea though.

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      Ladybird 5 years ago

      Great ideas

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      MikeRobbers LM 5 years ago

      brilliant wallpaper ideas , thanks for sharing!

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      Ashly Rain 5 years ago

      Love it! Such a great idea and great lens.

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      oooMARSooo LM 5 years ago

      I've never wanted to go wallpaper so much in my entire life. Excellent Lens! :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really like this.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Am just dropping by again to have another look at your brilliant innovative ideas. These suggestions are not only great for renters, but for decorators everywhere.

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      BestLaminateInc1 5 years ago

      I love them for my kids bedrooms. Their favorite cartoon characters change every few months and I can change their rooms right along with them. They're so easy to use and clean up is a piece of cake.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I have never used adhesive wallpapers - sounds like a great idea! Thanks for the great info and the great lens!! Now there is no excuse for bare, boring walls!

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      Never heard about them before but they sure sound like a great idea - even in cases when someone wants to transform a look of the room temporarily.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Interesting! I'd never heard of adhesive wallpaper before.

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I have used adhesive wall paper for the inside of my kitchen cabinets but not for the walls yet. LOL

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      TTMall 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these great resources.

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      Thrinsdream 6 years ago

      Fabulous invention. This made me giggle, people think of every thing. With thanks and appreciation. Cathi x

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      priscillab 6 years ago

      Wow. I am getting so bored of some of the walls in my rental home and I just fell in love with some of these patterns. What a great idea! Thanks. Also loved your idea about using canvas. Thanks.

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      acreativethinker 6 years ago

      Very nice lens and great ideas for using adhesive wallpapers. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      MariaMontgomery 6 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      What a great idea. I'm a homeowner, but I still like the idea of temporary wallpaper. If I change my mind, or grow tired of it, I could change it easily. Thanks.

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      Odille Rault 6 years ago from Gloucester

      Some great designs here! I didn't know about temporary wallpaper before (I'm not a DIY person at all lol) I thought all wallpaper was permanent. I might have to get some of this.... and um... well, get someone else to put it up lol. :)

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

      This is a very cool idea - even for non-renters. I had not heard of this before, but boy do I hate removing wallpaper - this gives an alternative!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sure have, like the stuff too. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Bercton1 6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Heatherseesthel 6 years ago

      I had no idea that there even was such a thing as temporary wallpaper! What a creative idea--thanks for the great lens! (And tips on how to put up the wallpaper--I would be a sticky mess without that advice!)

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      love4rocks 6 years ago

      What a great lens. Didn't know that there was temporary wallpaper existing. I might finally be able to get rid of my hideous walls in my apartment. Thank you.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      I am impressed. A very good and efficient idea.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Temporary wallpaper...what a marvel! This would be very nice for those of us living in apartments in deed. I add color in other ways but would like at least one wall to have something other than white.

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      janeaustengirl lm 6 years ago

      Wow! I have never heard of temporary wallpaper. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing that info!

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      whirlwind 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing ideas on how to decorate without causing problems with the landlord.

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      phdesign 6 years ago

      Sherwin Williams is good to work with. They have a program at their website that renders exterior and interior project images in their color palettes.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      What a great idea! Not sure if we have this in the UK.

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      Melissa 7 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      @anonymous: I believe the adhesive is designed not to leave gummy, sticky stuff behind. The walls stay clean.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I wonder what the paper leaves behind once you pull it off the wall

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey this Lens helps you make good use of your Living Space!! :)

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I was one of those bad tenants who painted, stenciled, and papered -- but I always added value to the places I rented. I've painted and papered most of the walls in our current home, which we own. It never stops!