I've been running across some posts on Facebook (FB) where people are saying they are afraid to work with vinyl. Trust me, vinyl is easy to work with. I find that my Pazzles loves vinyl. Vinyl is so easy to cut.
The one good thing about vinyl is the fact that if you use non-permanent vinyl, you won't have issues when you take it off the wall. The non-permanent vinyl I use is Oracal 631. Oracal 631 comes in matte only....no shine so you don't get glare from lights in your room. I use Oracal 651 for other surfaces such as car doors, windows, and other surfaces.
The transfer tape is important too. I use contact paper to transfer my designs from the paper to the surface. I have to use two different kinds because I use two different kinds of vinyl. I need a heavier adhesive for the Oracal 631 than I do with the Oracal 651. I didn't know that at first. I also found out that a cold area makes it difficult to adhere the vinyl to surfaces. I just learned that this year. I now know why I had a difficult time putting on one of my window decals last winter.
Vinyl really is easy to work with. No holes in the walls is always good.
Here's a few portrait vinyl wall decals I've converted from photos.
Etsy Listing - MTC 4.6.1
Etsy Listing - Pazzles Inspiration Studio Pro 2010
Etsy Listing - Sure-Cuts-A-Lot 3