Wallpaper is always a nice idea, particularly for bathrooms and kitchens. The only problem is when you tire of the paper, removal is a hassle. Painting is always nice and rather easy, and changing or refreshing the colors can revitalize any room. There are alternatives, though, that might be of interest. Decals for walls have been popular and are an easy, economical way to decorate any room. Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, Scripps Howard News Service
There are decals that stick on easily — and come off just as easily. A company called RoomMates has a wide variety of wall decals that will fit just about any decor. It has great themed decals for children's rooms such as Bob the Builder, Barbie, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop, Spider-Man, Transformers, Batman and Dora the Explorer. When the child outgrows the theme, just peel off the decal and re-stick with a more mature theme. It can be classic, modern, sophisticated or whimsical. The choices are many.
Are you into decorating big time for holidays? RoomMates has decals that are seasonal, too, reflecting themes like snowmen, Halloween, Christmas and Easter. Since they are so easy to stick on and peel off, the decorating is simple.
Have you seen pictures of rooms with wall sayings written in script? RoomMates has those, too — including "Keep it Simple" and "Live well, Laugh often, Love much" and "God Bless This Home," to mention a few.
Another great seller is the mural collection. They aren't stick-on, but according to the company, they are still pretty easy to install. These would be for a large wall. The murals are prepasted and water-activated.
Dip the individual strips in water, apply to the wall and then smooth the strip with a soft brush. The murals come in individual strips that are sequentially numbered, so there shouldn't be any mistakes. The company claims that applying a mural takes less time than painting that same wall.
For more ideas, check out www.roommatespeelandstick.com.
Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, is author of "Mystery of Color," available at Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Amazon.com.