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Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals ~ Just What Are They

I Am A Girl ~ Beautiful Vinyl Wall Decal by Scripture Wall Art

Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals started surfacing as a product about 10 years ago. It is a product that is available predominately online and not so much in brick and mortar retailers. This is because an average wall decal seller may make over 1000 different designs which make retailing them very difficult. The market for these products has been growing consistently since their inception yet the majority of consumers still seem to be unaware of these unique decorating items. Those that are aware of them and have even used them still do not fully understand their many uses. So, just what are they?

What are decorative vinyl wall decals?

The word vinyl can be very misleading as it may bring up a variety of connotations. Some may think of home siding, others may think of car interior upholstery, and still others a type of plastic material. However, the vinyl used in wall decals is a very specific type of vinyl. It is used primarily in the sign making industry and is the cornerstone product of business signs and vehicle graphics.

At its core, it is an extremely durable, yet thin, plastic adhesive material. It will last for years and even decades outside on signs and vehicles. This vinyl comes in large rolls that is fed into a specialized type of cutting machine that is controlled by a computer. So a designer can simply design a graphic on the computer and send it to the cutter to be cut.

Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals ~ Make It Happen

Make It Happen ~ Motivational Wall Decal by Motivations

A person then must go through a process called “weeding” to produce the wall decal. The finished decal is then prepared for installation and given to the person as a DIY home decor item. So, in terms of a wall decal company, a designer designs the image or quote for the wall art. It is sent to a cutter, “weeded” by a person, prepared for installation, and delivered to the customer.

Wall arts come in a variety of styles and designs. The most popular form appears to be in the area of quotes. These can be motivational or inspirational quotes, Scripture references, love quotes, and even funny quotes. They can give people hope, inspire them, warm their heart, or make them laugh. In business or classroom settings, they can educate and motivate. They are an extremely versatile product.

So, once your wall art arrives, what’s next?

Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals Are Easy To Apply

So what does apply mean in regard to the decal? The decal typically arrives at the consumer adhered to a backing paper and covered with a layer of transfer tape. I say typically as not all wall decal sellers deliver their products in that manner. Some companies don’t install the transfer tape and worse yet, don’t even provide it. This can make it nearly impossible to install. That is a topic I will cover in another article on another day, so for now, let’s just assume the wall art was delivered ready to install.

The installation consists of a few steps.

  1. Remove the backing paper from the wall art leaving it adhered to the transfer tape.
  2. Place the sticky side of the wall decal and transfer tape on the surface where you want to apply it.
  3. Rub the whole unit on the wall paying special attention to the vinyl areas.
  4. Slowly peel back the transfer tape removing it from the wall and the decal.
  5. Step back and enjoy your new artwork.

This is a somewhat simplified overview of the installation process, but it really is a very simple process. Most of the time installing a wall decal takes under ten minutes and yet can last essentially forever. It is a wonderful investment in your decor.

There Are Many Uses For Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals

Jeremiah 29:11 Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals

Jeremiah 29:11 Bible Verse Wall Decal by Wall Decal Magic

Wall Decals can be applied to a myriad of surfaces. Besides walls, these decorative decals can be installed on mirrors, windows, vehicles, furniture, stairs, ceilings, and more. I once had a customer who put a wall art on a large pumpkin of all places. Wall arts can also be used as a reverse stencil where the wall decal is installed, painted over, and then removed leaving the background color to come through.

Each of these applications will be worthy of its own post. Stay tuned for more on each of these or leave a comment below as to what type of use you want to hear about and I will do my best to get it written up for you.

Economical Too!

Ease of use and versatility are incredibly important in any product. However, when a product can also be economical to use, that is the perfect win-win-win. A single wall art can completely change the feel of a room. They appear to be hand painted wall decor and really can jazz up space. Yet, this can all be accomplished for often less than just $40. In fact, I will help you find amazing high-quality wall decals for under $15 in many cases.

The Wrap Up

Decorative Vinyl Wall Decals are more than a one-dimensional product. They are versatile, easy to use, and economical. They can spark up the decor in any room. If you haven’t used a vinyl wall decal before, take the plunge and give it a try. I am sure you will love it and I am here to answer any questions you may have. Bookmark our site and check back here for more information, ideas, reviews, and even great wall art deals that we will scour the web to find for you.

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This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Hey, very nice article about vinyl wall decals, I did not know much about it, now at least I have an idea , what all is behind it, I like the part – how to apply it, useful for anyone willing to have one in their room. I like the ones which are inspiring, and I think I would need one when thinking about going to work in the morning. 🙂 happy to read more in other posts. Good luck.

    1. Thanks so very much Lucy. Lots of people have lots of questions about vinyl wall decals. And yes, I look at my motivational ones everyday when I need that extra push to pursue my dreams when I am tired.

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