Staring at bare white walls when you first move into a new apartment can almost feel like looking at an empty canvas. Should you repaint, invest in wallpaper or just hang up a large tapestry? If you’re just as indecisive as I am, something like peel and stick wallpaper or peel and stick tile might be the ideal solution for you.
“Rather than being somewhat permanent like traditional wallpaper, peel and stick is easily removable and DIY friendly,” says Jennifer Hunter, an interior designer from New York City, NY.
Peel and stick is easy to install and renter-friendly, according to the experts we interviewed. We rounded up the best peel and stick options below and answered important questions you might have, like how long will peel and stick wallpaper last and what you need to do to prepare your walls to hang it.
Our top picks
- Best peel and stick wallpaper: Spoonflower Danicka Herrick Wallpaper
- Best peel and stick tile: Smart Tiles Blok Chevron
How we picked the best peel and stick options
We spoke with interior design and DIY experts about the best peel and stick wallpaper and tiles as well as what to look for when shopping. We also considered Select staff favorites. Here are some features to keep in mind when sourcing top picks:
- Type: You can get both peel and stick wallpaper and peel and stick tiles (also known as backsplash). We included options for both. Tiles are more suitable for kitchens and bathrooms, whereas wallpaper is specifically designed for spaces like your living and bedroom.
- Design: Depending on the style of your space and your personal aesthetic, you might want a solid-colored option or a funky geometric or floral print. We made sure to include a variety of options and recommend brands that sell different colors and prints.
- Material: Most peel and stick wallpaper is made from vinyl, according to our experts. Some are also made from other recyclable materials like paper. Tile or backsplash peel and stick, on the other hand, can be made from vinyl, glass or metal. (We explain the different materials below.)
The best peel and stick wallpaper and tiles of 2023
To help you narrow down your options, we rounded up some recommendations from Select staff and the experts we interviewed. We’ve included both wallpaper and tile peel and stick choices, depending on what you’re looking for.
This is a favorite of NBC Select SEO editor Nikki Brown, and she’s had it on her walls for around four years. She was able to install it herself but recommends getting a friend’s help. “I think peel-and-stick installation should always be a two-person job, even if the wall space is small, because it decreases the possibility of air bubbles,” she says. In the years she installed it, she’s seen no major wear and tear, except for a few air bubbles. The wallpaper is humidity-resistant, so you can hang it in kitchens or bathrooms, according to the brand. You can customize the pattern density and size as well, tailoring it to your space. If you’re in doubt about the design, you can order a swatch first to test it on your walls.
These chevron-style peel and stick tiles “truly changed the entire look of my kitchen, and it was the best design decision I could have made,” says Zoe Malin, NBC Select associate updates editor. “Everyone assumes it’s real when they first see it.” Installation was time-consuming, but the brand’s instructions are pretty straightforward, she says. Malin says she’s had the tiles up for many months now, but they are still in perfect condition. There’s a calculator on the brand’s website where you can input your space’s measurements, and it tells you exactly how many packs of tile to buy, according to Malin.
A favorite of Hunter, this peel and stick wallpaper is both easy to install and remove. The self-adhesive woven fabric is available in multiple patterns and sizes. Each roll is made to order, and you can order a swatch first to see if it’s the right fit for your walls. Spoonflower wallpaper is also washable with mild soap and water, according to Hunter.
Tempaper and Co. makes high-quality, durable wallpaper in a variety of textures and patterns and comes recommended by Melissa Fields, founder and CEO of Shades of Gray Design Studio, based in San Antonio, Texas. This floral option is made from vinyl, which can prevent tears and mold, according to our experts. You can clean it by wiping it down with a damp cloth, and it can even install it in bathrooms or other areas with high moisture, according to the brand.
This wallpaper is recommended by Hattie Kolp, a NYC-based home design expert. It comes in two sizes, and it’s made of durable polyester fabric that can be wiped clean with a damp cloth, according to the brand. It looks like real wallpaper once it’s installed, says Kolp.
A favorite of Select editorial director Lauren Swanson, these hexagonal tiles are extremely durable — her landlord asked her to leave them up after she moved out, and then they listed the apartment as recently renovated. “Putting up the backsplash makes the after-cooking clean-up much easier — if you’ve ever tried scrubbing tomato sauce off a painted wall, you know what I mean,” says Swanson. The tiles are easy to install and can be used in your kitchen or bathroom, says Swanson. You can also order a sample for $3.99 if you want to see how it looks on your walls first.
Meet our experts
At Select, we work with experts who have specialized knowledge and authority based on relevant training and/or experience. We also take steps to ensure all expert advice and recommendations are made independently and without undisclosed financial conflicts of interest.
- Jennifer Hunter is an interior designer and owner of Jennifer Hunter Designs, a boutique firm based in New York City, NY. Hunter is not affiliated with any of the brands she recommends.
- Melissa Fields is the founder and CEO of Shades of Gray Design Studio, based in San Antonio, Texas. Fields is not affiliated with any of the brands she recommends.
- Hattie Kolp is an NYC-based home design expert, DIY pro and content creator who rose to social media fame after going viral for renovating her childhood apartment in NYC. Kolp is not affiliated with any of the brands she recommends in this piece.
Why trust Select?
Nishka Dhawan is an associate commerce editor at Select. For this article, she spoke to Select staff about their favorite peel and stick wallpaper and tile options and also interviewed interior designers about what to keep in mind while shopping.