Wallpaper for Renters

Oh yes you can.

chasing paper - peonies pattern - removable wallpaper

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - stripes

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - speckle pattern

chasing paper - removable wallpaper - dot and line pattern

Have you ever wallpapered anything in your home? If you’re like most people I know, the answer is probably a resounding never. It’s not that we’re unadventurous, right? But if you’re a fellow renter, you know what I mean when I say that wallpaper is typically not an option on the design table. Slash, wallpapers I’ve fallen in love with over the years always end up being the ones that are a liiiiiitle pricey (I’m looking at you, Schumacher. #lust).

However, a few months ago I discovered Chasing Paper. Have you heard of this company yet? It’s been around for a few years, and I’m glad it’s on my radar now. Launched by Elizabeth Rees in 2012 (whose family has been in the printing business for three generations), Chasing Paper features so many beautiful wallpapers, from more subtle patterns to classics, to really fun, whimsical ones like this. Each pattern comes in a 2′ x 4′ piece, and can be applied pretty much anywhere. I love some of their styling ideas, like on trays, drawers, backsplashes, even on a fridge! The back of the papers have a low-tack adhesive on them, so they can peel right off the wall with no damage to the surface underneath. Cool, no?

Even if you’re not a renter, I like the flexibility a removable wallpaper provides. I think it makes you more willing to try something bold, even if it’s just in a small area and only for a little while. If you get sick of it, take it down — no biggie. I have also thought about how convenient this would be down the line if/when we have a nursery for a little one. If you wanted to wallpaper an accent wall, it’s nice to know you could get a nursery appropriate option that you can remove after a year or two (maybe even replace it with a really fun pattern like this!).

Anyway, I’ve been sitting on this source for a while, and have been meaning to share it with everyone! I think it’s an awesome resource if you’re looking to try something new at home in the decor department, but without the risk. And now the bigger question: which pattern would you choose, and where would you put it in your home? I’m a big fan of the Speckle pattern, the new Peonies pattern in gold, the Dot+Line, and even this Rosette feels like a risk I could take.


Images via Chasing Paper


  1. 6.30.15

    I love the patterns and the flexibility this provides…although I’m definitely with you on lusting after Schumacher papers. I wonder how hard/easy this is to actually apply to the walls (without bubbling or crookedness or whatnot). Very cool resource!

  2. 6.30.15
    Erica said:

    I’d go for the speckle!

  3. 6.30.15

    LOVE this idea to elevate a space! Thanks for sharing!
    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  4. 6.30.15
    Tia said:

    Thanks for sharing,. will definitely keep this in mind for the future!
    xx Tia | http://www.bigcitytyro.com

  5. 7.1.15
    Liv said:

    I love your work, especially With Love From Kat! I was just wondering if you could give me the name of the font on her blog (if possible :) Thanks!


    • 7.2.15

      Hi Liv,

      Thanks for the compliments! If you’re referring to her logo/header, it’s not a font, it’s my handwriting. For the other fonts on her blog, I hope you understand, but I don’t really feel comfortable sharing these publicly since I worked with Kat specifically to develop the look of her site.

      Thanks again,

  6. 7.6.15

    Wow! These papers are such a great idea and the patterns are all so chic. I may have to get some to spruce up my baby-to-be’s NYC closet (not nursery… just a closet… ha!). Thanks for sharing this find from Chasing Paper!


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