Decorating Tips

On this page, you'll find all the tips you need to successfully apply your new wall decals as well as some helpful suggestions for removing tricky bubbles or creases.

How do I apply wall decals?

It’s easy: just peel and stick! When you open a package of wall decals, you will find the designs printed onto a pre-cut liner, just like a package of regular stickers. Peel the design away from the liner and stick it to your surface of choice. Presto—you’re a decorator! There's no rubbing, smoothing, or special tools required.

Remember to save your liners: if you want to take down your wall decals for an extended period of time, placing them back on the liner will keep them sticky and ready to re-apply whenever you’re ready to decorate again.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s always best to test wall decals in an inconspicuous area before applying. If the surface is textured, wet, dusty, or dirty, performance could be seriously diminished.

When applying wall decals to painted walls:

 - Prior to applying wall decals, clean the wall and make sure it is dry and free of dust or dirt.
 - Freshly painted walls should be allowed to “cure” for 10 to 15 days prior to applying wall decals. Even if new paint feels dry, it may still need to settle and completely cure. Applying wall decals to freshly painted walls may cause the adhesive to lose its effectiveness, which can then cause the design to peel or fall off.

If applying wall decals to other surfaces:

 - Wall decals are not recommended on textured walls.
 - Wall decals will not work well on brick, cinder block, or other porous surfaces.
 - Wall decals are not recommended for use on a very textured wallpaper or delicate surfaces.

If applying wall decals in a bathroom or around water:

 - Wall decals can be applied to tiles as long as the surface is clean and completely dry during installation. Make sure the design does not overlap any grout, as water could filter beneath and compromise the adhesive.
 - Wall decals can be applied to shower walls as long as they are placed tightly onto the surface so water cannot reach under the design. Smooth the decal out and be sure that water cannot flow behind the design. Once applied, wall decals will not move even if sprayed by the shower.
 - Do not place wall decals at the bottom or inside a bathtub.
 - When cleaning the bathroom, please take care to avoid spraying any harmful chemicals on or near your wall decals! Prolonged exposure could damage the decals, and direct contact can cause bubbling, running, or streaking.

How do I remove wall decals?

Simply peel them off the wall. That's it! Once removed, you can use your wall decals in a new location, or just save them again for the future.

If removing a giant wall decal, try to start with the largest end or piece first. And remember to go slowly: if you pull too hard or too fast, you might rip the design.

What shouldn’t I do with my wall decals?

 - Do not place wall decals in a dishwater, oven, or microwave.
 - Do not place decals on rugs, fabrics, clothing, or any other textiles. Textile fibers may stick to the adhesive and cause it to become ineffective.
 - Do not place decals in areas where they will be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Very high and low temperatures can compromise the adhesive and cause decals to peel, rip, fall off, or damage the surfaces on which they have been applied.
 - Do not spray decals with any chemicals, cleaners, or fragrances. If the decals are dirty, they can be cleaned with a damp rag and a mild soap.

How do I remove air bubbles?

When applying a wall decal, make sure you start from one side or the top of each element. Keep the rest of the element away from the wall or surface. Slowly go down over the design with your hand, and smooth the element onto the surface, pressing out any bubbles as you go. Once applied, you should be able to move any remaining bubbles out by pressing/smoothing them out of the element. If the problem persists, you can punch a tiny hole with a pin to push the air out, or simply remove and re-apply.

How do I remove creases?

Sheets of wall decals may be slightly creased upon removal from their packaging. These sheets will flatten out naturally over a short period of time: simply unfold them and place them on a table or floor. To flatten out a sheet of wall decals quickly, or repair a creased decal, place it beneath a flat, heavy surface (like a large book) for a few hours.

What do I do if my decal sticks to itself?

When you're applying a wall decal (especially our larger designs), be very careful to keep the decal from sticking to itself, or sticking to another piece. If this does happen, though, don't panic! Slowly pull the decal apart. With a little patience and a steady hand, you'll be back to normal in no time.


For frequently asked questions about decorating with wall decals, check out our FAQ.