Review and Giveaway: Simply Impressions Islamic Decals

This post is totally overdue.  Like way past overdue.  Like ridiculous library fine overdue.

I received my Simply Impressions decal back in December.  No, not of 2012.  December 2011.  I’ll just give you a minute to recover from the ridiculousness of my lateness.  But I have a really good reason. I received them a couple days before I gave birth to Baby Z!  I was so dedicated to reviewing the product and putting them to use, that I was in Micheal’s, while in labor (!), picking out a frame for the idea I had.

Well, I had Zaynab, forgot what two solid hours of sleep felt like, and barely made it out on the other side of the 6 month mark. By then my idea had switched a couple of times. I originally wanted to adhere the decal to the glass front of a large frame. I would then frame a beautiful fabric to act as the backdrop to the decal.

Well, for some reason I wanted to try something a little more creative.  So I attempted to adhere the decal to a canvas with the intention of painting over it and then removing the decal to reveal the white canvas beneath it.  Somewhere throughout the process, I messed up and ended up ruining the decal! Major mommy brain moment.  I may or may not have broken down and cried. But I blame the postpartum hormones.

Before this post gets anymore awkward with pregnancy/labor/delivery references, I ended up purchasing a new decal. The first was a complimentary sample given to me by Simply Impressions.  I wanted to fulfill my amana, or trust, to the company. So I had my decal, then… we suddenly moved. Then I had to deal with the drama of a sudden move. Then I lost the decal during the move. Then I found it. And this post keeps getting longer.

Two weeks ago I decided, enough is enough. It’s time to get this done.  My husband took the girls to the park one evening and I spontaneously painted an accent wall in my kitchen.  I desperately wanted to paint one of my Islamic art motif stencils there, but decided that the effort would have been too great for such a temporary location.

Aha! My decal! I pulled it out and called my own personal decal applying expert of a best friend to come over and “help me” put it up.  She really did all the work. I just said “mhmm, right there. No, a little to the left. That’s good. Okay I’m going to go bake a cake.” True story.

Finally getting to the official part of the longest review post in the history of this blog. You know me, I love a good story.

Seriously, in under an hour, the decal was up and on my wall.  Using the super convenient level markers that are placed on the decal sheet, we were able to position it perfectly on the wall. The only trouble we ran into is the fact that my walls are A. super textured and B. the paint I had was a semi-gloss.  Because of those two factors, we ran into the issue of the decal not sticking particularly well despite the decal being really sticky! We (okay, She) solved the problem by applying a coat of matte Mod Podge.

I know people who have used Simply Impressions decals who did not have my problem! Like I said semi-gloss painted textured walls aren’t ideal conditions, but it’s possible!

Supplies and application.

Supplies and application.

Simply Impressions Decal

The decal is beautiful.  It makes me happy every time I see it. It adds a completeness to my previously bare kitchen wall. It has made this house feel more like a home. It reminds us to say “Bismillah” when we eat! Ha! I’m actually considering playing off of that whole idea and turning that entire wall into a kitchen themed gallery wall.

If you’re still reading, bless your heart, it’ll be worth it in the end.  Simply Impressions is one of the first companies to come out with these incredible Islamic decals. The only time I had ever seen these available was overseas and they were used on the back windows of taxis!

The great thing about Simply Impressions, is that they offer a wide variety of styles, sayings, and color options.  Searched the whole site and still can’t find what you’re looking for? No worries. Hit up their custom decal section and get exactly what you want.

But Amnah, don’t you live in a rental? Yes, yes I do.  That’s the great thing about decals, they’re easily removable when you move out.  Don’t let renting stop you from adding some personal and beautiful touches to your walls.

These decals would make an awesome housewarming gift, Eid gift, or hostess gift. Not sure what style or color your gift recipient would like. No worries, they have gift certificates!

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This Little Life of Mine received a complimentary Simply Impressions decal (which I messed up and reordered) .  The opinions reflected here are entirely of my own.

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37 Responses to Review and Giveaway: Simply Impressions Islamic Decals

  1. Javeria says:

    LOVE this. I was waiting for something perfect for my Dinning area wall.. this is it!!

  2. Sakina says:

    I actually love the decal you chose! Definitely would be my first pick!

  3. mashallah so beautiful, I went on the website and was just blown away…so many that I love, like the ayat kursi, the names of Allah (swt) the shahada and so many , this is excactly the kind of decor I love and dream of having one day Inshallah in my home.

  4. Maha says:

    Looks great! I’ve been planning to buy a decal to put on a canvas on a huge wall that you see immediately upon entering my front door. I would love to win this!

  5. Javeria says:

    oh also I wanted to ask what size is your wall decal?
    and any tutorials for putting these decals on shadow frames or something like that?

  6. Maryam Iqbal says:

    The bismillah looks stunning mashAllah! Hope to win inshAllah.

  7. Ruba says:

    I think I would get the Rabbi Zidni Ilma one and put it up in our office/library

  8. Farida says:

    Looks so elegant & beautiful! Putting up the Bismillah decal in the dining area is such a great idea.

  9. Sumaiya Arif says:

    MA prefect for dining area, I have been looking for something similar!:)

  10. Mona says:

    I love the bismillah one! Always a wonderful reminder :)

  11. Hina khan says:

    Really beautiful Masha Allah! Can you please tell me where did you buy that centrpeice which is on your table in the above picture? Thankyou :)

  12. Fakhera says:

    Love the Bismilla decal!

  13. Nora says:

    I love this! ! It makes me want to decorate my whole house in these decals! !

  14. Meriem says:

    I love the henna flowers!

  15. Saba says:

    I really like the Basmallah #4 I love all of their products. It looks like they’ve added quite a few things masha Allah!

  16. Faria S says:

    Beautiful decal! Would be a perfect addition to any dining space or living room!

  17. Sumiya says:

    Love the Bismillah decal!

  18. Nashiah says:

    All of them are great, but I especially love the 99 names of Allah for a kid’s room or a homeschool room :)

  19. Eva says:

    I love the Bismillah one! I saw it in one of your pictures on Facebook and was wondering where you had gotten it :) Now I know, but would love to win one :)

  20. I’m a decal addict and this is perfect :)

  21. Rowaydah says:

    Love the way you put your decal up, girl!

  22. Hira Bokharee says:

    Loved the idea of putting it over the dinning table…

  23. Amina says:

    Beautiful decal! Makes me want to decorate my home!

  24. Sarah says:

    99 names of Allah

  25. HijabiMommy says:

    Simply beautiful. Hard to choose a favorite, I love them all. There’s a guy who comes to conventions and sells something similar to these but they are made out of a very lightweight wooden material and the prices are quite high. I love how you can get the same look for such a reasonable price!

  26. Amali Elabed says:

    Im obsessed with decals aka wall tattoos!!! The bismallah one is just stunning!!!

  27. Hira says:

    love the quality of this product was blessed enough to have purchased one earlier!

  28. Farah says:

    I would love to have this by my dining table too to help remind me to say bismillah!

  29. Sakina Towery says:

    What an amazing way to decorate the home. I have the perfect place in mind for this! :)

  30. Saadia says:

    These are so modern and beautiful…Lovely..!

  31. Eman says:

    The decals are so beautiful, mashaAllah. I love the bismillah one.

  32. Madiha says:

    I really like the bismillah and the three kuls design.

  33. What a wonderful idea- i’ve always wanted these ever since i saw wall pops…love your wall

  34. Sama says:

    Beautiful decals; great bismillah square.

  35. Abeer Iftikhar says:

    Bismillah decal is beautiful … wish to win Insha’Allah :)

  36. fatema khan says:

    love the bismillah square

  37. Aamna says:

    I like the bismillah one on your wall!

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