If you rent, chances are that you’re not painting walls, adding wallpaper or getting real in depth with your interior design choices. You’re likely buying cool furniture pieces, funky artwork and fun throw pillows to make up for whatever lack of color is happening elsewhere.
But there’s something to be said about walls with a little splash of color or hint of pattern that can’t really be matched with just a few pillows or a vintage desk. Instead of looking at white walls as the enemy– embrace them for being the blank canvas that they are.
We’ve got a few ideas of how to work with what you’ve got while renting, browse below and see if there’s anything that sparks some creativity for your space.
Peel and stick versions of your favorite way to cover a wall are available, and only gaining more popularity. The range in styles and colors continues to grow, and now there are all kinds of companies out there which gives you the option to shop around, Tempaper is one that gets great reviews and has lots of different colorways and patterns. Just pick an accent wall, measure it up and get to work!
Something as simple as just one easy yard of fabric is inexpensive and can create some interest to your wall. Find a pattern, texture or anything that speaks to the vibe of your space to add a strong stripe or a layered look.
Gallery walls are a great way to just put all of your favorite art pieces, photos, collectibles and more up on the wall. Develop a template for how you want it all to display and go to work!
Wall decals are a great option because they stick on and peel off just as easy. Decals come in all shapes, sizes, styles and colors and they can be added, subtracted and layered at your heart’s desire.
If you use a social media photo service such as Instagram or have an instax camera, you can print out some of your favorites to create a collage right on your wall. A Beautiful Mess gives you a complete tutorial on how to create the cool collage above.
Get together a grouping of similar objects such as wall mounted vases, baskets or masks and hang them in a bunch to simulate an art installation. Pairing them all together creates a larger overall impact and design aesthetic.
Gather a whole collection of colored printer paper in ombre hues and just start taping sheets to the wall. The end result is a cool compilation of colored paper in varying depths and sizes that all add up to a unique visualization, like the Pinterest headquarters conference room.
There’s always the option to add more white to your room decor and just embrace the clean, contemporary look of white. It can be calming, almost etherial at times– and besides, if your renting situation isn’t a permanent one, why not embrace it while you can?