Looking for a cost-savvy quick fix that’ll instantly perk up your interiors? Playful vinyl stickers are the answer. Lara Hughes of Pink & Posh Vinyl Wall Art shares ideas for using them to personalise your home
GIVE OLD FURNITURE A NEW LOOK
As they can be applied to just about any smooth surface, vinyl stickers are a great option for quickly transforming tired pieces of furniture. To hide the clutter inside this glass-fronted cupboard, Lara applied quirky shelving decals to the doors.
CHIC UP YOUR CEILING
To highlight this pendant light, Lara designed a decal that’s a contemporary take on a classic ceiling rose. Another advantage of a ceiling rose is that it draws the eye upwards, helping to create the impression of height.
FRAME A FOCAL POINT
Give vinyl stickers added oomph by contrasting lightly coloured designs against a dark backdrop and vice versa. This works particularly well when using them to frame a focal point like the vintage print in this entrance hall. The scatters are from Lara Designs.
Vinyl stickers are a stylish solution to providing a safety warning when the glass doors leading out on a patio are closed. The sandblasted finish of these bird decals gives them a ‘barely there’ look that doesn’t detract from the leafy garden view beyond.
LARA’S TIPS FOR APPLYING VINYL STICKERS
- Applying vinyl stickers is similar to applying contact plastic to school books – you may find it easier if you have a willing assistant.
- It’s best to wait three weeks for a freshly painted wall to ‘cure’ before applying vinyl stickers.
- Roll open the packaging the day before you’d like to apply the stickers to allow the creases to ‘drop out’ of the vinyl.
- Turn on a heater to warm up the walls in a very cold room; this will speed up the application process.
- Before you apply stickers to furniture or walls, use masking tape to hold them in place while you arrange them to your satisfaction. A spirit level will come in handy, especially if your sticker is a quote.
- Wet glass surfaces with soapy water before applying vinyl stickers. This will enable you to move them about until you’re happy with their position.
- Use the edge of a plastic credit card to scrape out any air bubbles as these could cause the sticker to crack over time.
- To remove any air bubbles after you’ve applied the stickers, use a hairdryer to gently heat the adhesive while you rub over them with a clean dry cloth. Use a circular motion and take care not to burn the stickers – or your fingers!
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