However, it is already starting to gain interest among interior designers and homeowners who are looking for wallpaper ideas that are not only fantastically flexible but also beautifully designed.
At High Point Market this fall, I met Jennifer Matthews, co-founder and creative director of Tempaper & Co (Opens in a new tab). She showed me her latest collection of beautiful designs, including a collaboration with Alice + Olivia (Opens in a new tab) And it’s fair to say, she taught me her peel-and-stick background.
“Our peel and stick wallpaper was invented to solve a problem,” she told me. We endeavored to create an easy-to-install, removable wallpaper product after discovering that it was costly time and money to apply and remove traditional wallpaper on production sets for TV, film and photo shoots.
Since then, peel and stick wallpaper has revolutionized traditional wallpaper, breathing new life into a classic category of home decor. But those unfamiliar may ask, “How does self-adhesive wallpaper differ from or even compare to traditional wallpaper?”
Here are five things Jennifer told me I didn’t know about stick-on wallpaper. In the meantime, you can go straight to Tempaper or check out our Tempaper designs on Amazon (Opens in a new tab).
1. Peel-and-stick and traditional wallpapers are more similar than you think
Many of the processes used to create good peel and stick wallpaper are identical to those found in traditional wallpapers.
“It has always been a core value for us to stay true to the roots of the traditional wallpaper industry,” says Jennifer. We use a craft printing method known as cameos or copper plate embossing, which can produce luxurious metallic finishes and high quality printed textures. Through this method, our customers can enjoy the artisanal taste of traditional wallpaper with all the conveniences of peel and stick wallpaper.
2. Are the peel and stick wallpapers easy to remove? yes
Look at wallpaper reviews before you buy, but know that good quality wallpaper is easy to peel off.
“When you’re itching for a decor change, peel-and-stick wallpaper removes cleanly without harming paint or walls or leaving any sticky residue behind,” says Jennifer. Just peel it from any corner to remove it. The ease of application and removal makes peel and stick wallpaper the best choice for rentals, travel trailers, and more.
Although sticky wallpaper is easy to remove, it can also be a permanent fixture in your home. A common misconception is that peel and stick paper will fall off the wall after a certain amount of time. Words like “temporary” are used to describe sticky wallpaper because of how the product peels off, not when. Homeowners and renters rejoice! Tempaper can stay up for a week, a month, or indefinitely.
3. Is the peel and stick wallpaper easy to install?
New to room wallpaper? For DIYers, this peel and stick wallpaper is very easy to apply.
Our removable adhesive can be applied to most surfaces, including walls and bathrooms with little texture, in three simple steps. Simply remove the backing liner, press the sticky side to your surface, and smooth it out with a squeegee, advises Jennifer.
Peel and stick paper is easy to reposition, making it a popular DIY project for designers of all skill levels. Customers are relieved to hear that they do not need to hire an installer, and most have had success applying the product themselves.
And what about those pesky seams? If you’ve ever installed traditional wallpaper, you know you can move wet-pasted wallpaper around to match the seams. The seams often match, but if you stretch the wallpaper in the process, it can sag when it dries, leaving the pattern mismatched or parted. With our peel and stick feature, you can reposition wallpaper to align the seams—never stretching. To ensure that they won’t separate as the wall expands and contracts with fluctuating temperatures, overlap the seams slightly to prevent the seams from opening up.
4. You can use sticky wallpaper in bathrooms and kitchens
Bathroom wallpaper ideas in particular need to be researched carefully to ensure that they won’t degrade. “Our wallpaper is vapor and moisture resistant,” says Jennifer. This makes it a great choice for bathrooms and powder rooms. The product will not come off, and there are a variety of realistic tile and marble designs available.
5. Peel and stick wallpaper that can be applied to textured surfaces
Adhesive wallpaper such as Tempaper can be applied to walls and lightly textured surfaces.
The versatility and durability of our wallpaper allows customers to be wildly creative. Apply the product to walls, bookcases, stairwells, ceilings, furniture, and more, says Jennifer.
6. Peel and stick wallpaper can be customized
Along with prints sold on a roll, we offer a special order program that features custom-made designs to the exact dimensions of your space. Our Chinoiserie and Peel-and-Stick mural collections are custom printed on self-adhesive canvas wallpaper using the finest materials available, says Jennifer.
We have also created some great printing technologies such as textured, metallic, gel inks, opaque, pearlescent and mica inks to create many beautiful effects to enhance the designs.
Customers can also re-color any existing print or bring their own vision to life with a print-your-own option. From business logos to family photos and more, the possibilities are endless.
7. Not all temporary wallpapers are created equal
We have always focused on providing our customers with high quality products that use water-based adhesives and inks, and have been confirmed through product testing, to be safe for use in residential spaces including nurseries, schools and private offices.
However, not all peel and stick wallpapers are created equal and we urge customers to do their research before purchasing. Since our inception, the wallpaper market has become very saturated and there are products on the market that can look cheap, can fall off the wall, don’t hold up to moisture, and can damage walls and paint surfaces when removed.
“We take pride in the quality of our products – whether you want our wallpaper for a month, a year, or a decade – we stand behind the durability and design that makes our brand stand out.”
How long will peel and stick wallpaper last?
Our high quality adhesive wallpaper will last as long as you want it to as long as it is applied properly to a clean, dry surface.
Is the peel and stick wallpaper easy to apply?
Peel and stick wallpaper is incredibly easy to apply since you peel, stick, and reposition until you get it in just the right place. This makes pattern and seam matching very easy.