“ Brand: Roommates / Type: Wall Hangings „
I bought this wall sticker set to put on one of the walls in our nursery, as we decided to stick with a fairly neutral colour scheme rather than going for all things blue since we found out we're having a boy. I don't mind blue clothes and accessories, but I didn't want him to be completely surrounded by blue stuff as I'd quite like to introduce him to the whole spectrum of colours from an early age.
These stickers are wonderfully colourful, and fairly gender neutral in my opinion. The theme is nature, with the main feature being a tree with branches, and there are owls sitting on one of the branches, with lots of bits and pieces such as leaves, flowers and hearts scattered in between. There are also little characters who sit at the base of the tree, in the form of a squirrel and a hedgehog, but these could be placed elsewhere if you have furniture blocking the view by the skirting boards. I chose one wall which is going to be free from furniture, at least until he starts acquiring a ridiculous amount of toys, because that way it provides a feature, and I can include all the characters which came with the set.
So, the wall stickers arrive on a sheet, with the main stickers numbered and a picture showing how they all fit together. Things like the leaves aren't numbered, but this gives you creative licence if you don't want to follow the picture. I was quite nervous about getting it wrong, so I followed the picture to the very last leaf, and was happy to recreate the original version. I was quite surprised at how thin the stickers are, as they were quite opaque despite being coloured, allowing you to lift them off the wall easily and adjust if needed. Once on the wall, they become blocks of colours, so you can't see the colour of the wall showing through.
The stickers are described as "repositionable", and despite my initial nervousness, I can safely say that they can be removed from the wall with ease, without damaging the paintwork. I had to remove them quite a few times when I realised I had positioned them incorrectly, or they weren't as high or low as they should have been. Each time, they lifted off very easily, leaving our freshly painted wall in-tact. The wall should be clean and dry prior to using the stickers, but this is common sense really. Whether or not they will lift off quite so easily in a couple of years' time when our boy is "into" particular things and we decide to change his room theme, I wouldn't put my money on it.
Once I'd finished faffing with all the individual bits and pieces, I have to say I was very pleased with my handy work, as was my husband. The stickers are absolutely adorable, and a great way to liven up a nursery without going to a lot of effort or expense. Putting them up on the wall is a bit fiddly, but once you get started it's quite addictive and I actually ended up staying up far too late because I was enjoying it and wanted to get it finished. We were planning to keep the walls in the nursery white, but when I saw the picture of the stickers on the light green wall, we changed our minds and decided to follow the same colour scheme as in the picture.
The price of these sticker sets varies vastly, so I would recommend shopping around. I bought the extra large one from Ebay for around £13, but I think Amazon wanted £35 for the same item. Also, it comes in different sizes, so it's worth measuring up beforehand to make sure it's not either going to look lost on the wall, or be touching the ceiling.
(Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)