Saturday, June 27, 2015

3 Easy Wall Ideas for Renters

By and large, tenants of rented property are not allowed to make changes to the home. They can't paint over the walls or install new wallpaper, for instance. 

If the walls of your condo or apartment prove to be too bland, try your hand at these cheap alternatives to paint and wallpaper:


1. Gift-wrapping paper
It's cheap and easy to "install" on a wall, requiring no more than double-sided tape. Head down to the nearest bookstore or your choice of arts 'n crafts nook for the design you want. Take note, though, that gift-wrapping paper isn't as durable as real wallpaper -- it is, after all, merely paper. While it isn't ideal to cover your walls entirely in gift-wrapping paper, it makes for a lovely accent wall. See, for instance, this example on Shabby Nest.


2. Decorative tape
Decorative tape can also be used to create wall art to substitute for wallpaper. A type of decorative tape that originated in Japan, called "washi tape," has become THE most popular must-have in arts and crafts today. You can find scores of washi tape with different designs in your local bookstore or crafts store. Check out this eye-popping creation from Boho Deco Chic. But you can make statement walls with just plain tape, too. You can create a striped wall, or a checkered wall, like this example on Cottage and Vine.


3. DIY fabric wallpaper
It's the next best thing to real wallpaper. Applied to the wall with liquid starch, the fabric will look much like real wallpaper, but it's temporary and not all that complicated to remove, should the need arise. Check out how to make a temporary fabric wallpaper with these instructions on Apartment Therapy


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