The 12 best temporary wall decals for New York City apartments

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By Mimi OConnor  |
February 23, 2018 - 1:00PM

Here's one for people who don't get enough of the street life in the course of their day.


For New Yorkers who are strapped for cash and short of creativity after long days on the clock but want to brighten up their apartments, temporary wall decals can be a fun option. They're relatively inexpensive, come in all sizes, and, crucially, are removable, which will come in handy when you need that security deposit back, or you decide to give your space a more radical makeover. The home decal marketplace was once populated overwhelmingly by a lot of tree silhouettes and inspirational quotes, but it's come a long way.

Here are some of our favorite, New York-appropriate decal additions from among the many options out there, in no particular order. 

1. For the Banksy fan who doesn't mind losing the political satire

And, you know, Banksy not being the actual creator of the art.

Banksy Rat Painting, $20 on Etsy

2. For the romantic

Scent not included.

Peony Flowers Wall Sticker, $104 from

3. For those who miss hugging the corner

Or who want to compensate for having grown up inside kids. (Or who just think this looks nice.)

Brooklyn Shoes on Wire, $30 on Etsy

4. For those who dream of kitchen remodeling


But can't afford that tile backsplash just yet.

Azulejos Kitchen Wall Decal, $41 from

5. For a statement art piece


Without statement art prices.

"Mini Arches" by Melanie Mikecz, $129 from

6. For the tropics lover

You can only grow so much in pots.

Palm Leaves, $55 from

7. For the organizer


This could be nice if you're tired of pulling out your phone to look at that recipe.

WallPops Large Dry Erase Board, $33 from

8. The headboard substitute


Must be a fan of color.

Moutanabi Vintage Rug Adhesive Headboard, $113 from

9. For the green thumb in waiting

Again, there's only so much light and windowsill space.

Plant Wall Decal, $53 on Etsy

10. For the window that faces your neighbor 


Trade a couple of windows staring in at you for a jumble of drawn-on ones.

Little City Privacy Window, $92 from

11. For the design fan


Get cubed.

Spot Gropius Wall Mural, $55 from

12. For the sophisticated kid

It's cute, but not cutesy.

Zoo wild decal, $15 from Etsy


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Mimi OConnor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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