An Explosion of Decals

by Emily Steers on 02/01/2011

As mentioned, we have crazy tall ceilings in most of our house.  Leading to large expanses of wall.

Our measely gallery of photos was working ok, but we decided we needed to, say, kick it up a few gears.

Inspired by, well, everyone, we opted for a big, wall-spanning decal to take up some room, bring down the ceilings, and add a bit of brighter color to our giant living room walls.

We realized that buying enough frames to fill the wall could potentially set us back another $100 or so; we have plenty of empty space on the walls to re-purpose the art we’re taking down. Instead of spending $200+ on wall art for the rest of the house, we bought the $100 decal, and are shifting around things we already own. This was a smart money move for us!

David started the project when I was out of town.

We moved our record player from a table by the heater to the top of the DVD cabinet a few weeks ago.  The record player and speakers were becoming a haven for Margotumbles (what we call the chow‘s hairballs), and we realized we could streamline our audio system by plugging the turntable into a fancy speaker system David got on a lark when he got AmazonPrime.

Also, the turntable did wonders to fill up my freaky ab0ve-the-cabinet-below-the-bulkhead dead zone by the French doors we never use.

I like the juxtaposition of the tree to the Ikea falling-leaf curtains.

The pictures come down and the tree goes up.  Right now, the wall looks wicked small, cramped by just two trees.

But adding more actually makes the wall seem pretty big.

We even put a tree by the heater, where the record player used to live.

David waiting until he got my opinion about where the birdies should go.

The treeline fell far short of our ceiling, so we used the extra bird decals to fill up some empty space.

Some of the decals were peeling off, so we re-stuck them using my (oft-neglected) hair dryer.

We even added some blades of grass near the front door for more room cohesion.  Clearly, we’re into some green– see those dirty TOMs?  They’re my favorite shoes, but I think that’s for another post.

I’m really loving our forest.

Have you installed any decals in your house?  How did you choose which ones?

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liz @ btb February 1, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Woah, they make the room seem much taller. Very cool.


emily February 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

all that wall just got forgotten about; it was such a shame. now that it’s filled, the room looks soooo much bigger.


misty February 1, 2011 at 1:59 PM

that is SO cool! I have only used one decal, from IKEA, but I really want to use a few more… this is so creative~ good job!


emily February 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

thanks, misty! i couldn’t believe how well it turned out! it really fills up the space nicely– and frees up those frames for other uses around the house!


mom February 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

I love it


emily February 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

it looks neat. and it’s the first non-beach-colored thing in the house.


Kristin from Living Graciously February 1, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Hi Emily!
So nice to meet you today from Blog Frog! You’re now one of my February Love bloggers and I look forward to getting to know you this month! Love your new decal project – I’m totally into decals at the moment. I change my decorating mind every 15 minutes, and since these are relatively cheap, quick, and REMOVABLE, they are my new best friends :-). Yours look GREAT!


emily February 2, 2011 at 8:59 AM

it was nice to meet you today, too!
i think i’ll be adding more decals around the house, too. we have horrible mirrored closet doors in the bedroom– decals are the perfect way to hide them, i think!


Sues February 2, 2011 at 8:33 AM

What an awesome idea!! I’ve been seeing decals everywhere and have been tempted. Your walls look fabulous :)


emily February 2, 2011 at 8:58 AM

thanks! i was really unsure about them (and unsure about spending $100!), but they really work! i’m impressed with how well they stick and how “painted on” they look!


Katie February 2, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Love the decals! I’ve been thinking about doing a forest (in brown tones) on a wall in my studio apartment. Are you planning to do anyything with the forest bits up top that are cut off, or just leave them as is? I found lots of great decals on Etsy that you can “build” on to add extra width, height, etc…

Looks great!


emily February 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM

they’re bothering me a little bit, but i think i can let them be for now. i actually really like having a “treeline” in the house! we almost went with brown, but decided we needed some less-natural colors in the house and went for acid green :-) i think they’d really help define the spaces of a studio apartment– forest vs. non-forest spaces.


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