Peel-and-Stick Tiles Make It Easy to Refresh Your Floors and Walls

Wallpaper company Chasing Paper's latest launch lets you get the look of colorful patterned tile without the messy (and costly) installation.

In recent years, peel-and-stick wallpaper has expanded design opportunities for renters and those looking for a quick, budget-friendly update. By replacing the messy paste with self-adhesive backing that's easy to apply and remove, temporary wallpaper companies like Chasing Paper changed the way many DIYers add color and pattern to their homes. Now, peel-and-stick tile is poised to become the next go-to material for a fast refresh, and Chasing Paper's first floor covering collection makes modern tile designs more achievable than ever.

small bathroom with teal patterned floor tile
Courtesy of Chasing Paper

Buy It: Arrow Tile in Blue ($10 each or $50 for 8, Chasing Paper)

The collection of new peel-and-stick tiles replicate the look of pricey patterned cement tiles with self-adhesive vinyl designs that don't require grout or mortar. Finished with a laminate coating to ward off stains, scratches, and fading, the water-resistant tiles are designed to stand up well in high-traffic areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and mudrooms. To apply, simply peel off the adhesive backing and press onto the surface like a sticker.

"In the last year, with more time at home, our customer has been motivated to tackle more projects and a recurring question we have always heard is, 'Can you use Chasing Paper wallpaper on the floor?'," says Elizabeth Rees, Chasing Paper co-founder, in a press release. The new 12-inch-square tiles meet that need with added durability, and, like the brand's signature wallpaper, they can be easily trimmed, repositioned, and removed as needed.

kitchen backsplash with green patterned tile
Courtesy of Chasing Paper

Buy It: Farmhouse Tile ($10 each or $50 for 8, Chasing Paper)

The collection is made up of eight prints inspired by traditional tile designs, including graphic geometric patterns and dupes for terrazzo and Carrara marble. Colors include bold black and white, as well as earth tones like olive green, mauve, and warm gray. The company has plans to expand its offerings to include "designs for all aesthetics" throughout 2021.

You can apply the peel-and-stick tiles to smooth floors or walls, including ceramic tile, sealed wood, and linoleum surfaces. For best results, line up the tiles against each other with no gaps in between. Make sure the area is completely clean, dry, and dust-free before applying, and smooth the tile onto the surface using a squeegee or similar tool. Carefully trim any excess around the edges with a sharp razor blade. To clean the finished surface, use a gentle floor cleaner that doesn't contain bleach, and wipe up any residual water when you're done.

Chasing Paper's peel-and-stick tiles are sold in sets of eight for $50, or you can buy individual 12x12-inch tiles for $10 each. To make the application process even easier, you can also purchase 24x48-inch panels (equal to eight separate tiles) for $50 to quickly cover a large area. Use the square footage calculator on the company's website (which appears below the "Add to Bag" button) to determine how many tiles or panels you need, and start sticking for a quick boost of modern style.

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