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Design School: Wall Decals

Work with stickers and easy-to-use decals to give your walls an upgrade


Posting wall decals is an easy way to instantly spruce up a wall. You don’t need to drill holes to hang a frame nor hire a painter for a perfect finish. All you have to do is peel and stick these self-adhesive beauties. The ease of wall decal application, however, may tempt you to just follow what’s illustrated on the packaging. Real Living came up with creative ways on how you can put a twist to decorating with decals. Feel free to experiment and personalize these stickers, and turn your walls into your very own works of art. 

Styling by Pam Tan. Assisted by Tala Singson. Photographed by Jun Pinzon.

Read the original article ("Sticker Happy") in the August 2012 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Use it to define an area.

If you have a huge, blank, white wall, and you don’t have the luxury of time nor the skill to place wallpaper on it, fill it up with decals. Pick a design that has a vertical orientation, like a tree or a tower, and surround it stickers of various elements to fill up the area. Here, we used a tree with branches and placed flying birds around it, as though you’re overlooking a relaxing view of nature outside your window.

Tree and Birds Decals courtesy of Wall Candy Oak Round Dining Table, P65,500, Beech Chair, P7,895, both from Dimensione; Willow Chair, P10,500, Chopsticks Chair, P12,900, both from Space Encounters; Silver Votive Candle Holders, P1,150 each, Debenhams; Beetle Volkswagen Décor and Pink Square Tea Cup, prices unavailable, all from Haute Design 

Frame your decals.

Do you have tons of unused photo frames? Remove the backing and glass, then mount them onto your wall using 3M Mounting Tape (available in school supply stores).  Place your chosen decals inside the frames to make them look like framed décor. Here, decals alluding to nostalgic silhouette art from the turn of the century are grouped together in matching black frames.

Let’s Be Epic and Sexy ‘Stache Decals courtesy of Mesh Decorative Decals Red Telephone, P4,900, Sifra Interiors and Objects; Red Votive Candle Holder, P1,550, Debenhams; Seed Design Table Lamp, P11,950, Walnut Claude Console Table, P18,950, both from Dimensione; all other items, stylist’s own 

Create a theme by mixing and matching decals.

Wear your heart on your wall by making a hodgepodge of the things that cater to your interests. Place them near your nightstand to make them look like tabletop accessories, or randomly on your wall for a playful vibe. On this bedroom’s night table, one can dream of gay Paris with witty sticker references to traveling to the City of Lights.  

Eiffel Tower and Fisheye Decals courtesy of Mesh Decorative Decals Halley Nightstand, P10,100, Space Encounters; Tral Work Lamp, P3,500, Dekad Alarm Clock, P750, both from Möbler; all other items, stylist’s own 


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