Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you have to live in a dull space with a neutral default personality. It just means you have to leave the home in the same condition as you found it! Add zing with bright floor treatments, fairy lights, and ingenious adhesive strips that are specifically designed to be removable without leaving the faintest hint of residue or damage.
For starters, make an oversized 1800 x 1800mm blackboard by joining two sheets of 3mm MDF or plywood. Use glue and a staple gun to attach the panel to a lightweight backing frame of 30 x 12mm clear pine assembled with angle brackets. Roll on some primer and chalkboard paint, and when it’s fully dry, attach the whole thing to the wall using removable picture hanging strips. You can then unleash your inner artist, or use the panel as a false wall to hang smaller pictures on.
On a roll
Add a splash of colour without so much as touching a paintbrush. Rolling out a vibrant rug is about the fastest and easiest way to personalise a rented space, adding warmth and brightness while also helping to define living areas. And when you’re done, simply roll it back up and take it with you!
You don’t have to wait until the festive season to put up low-voltage LED (light emitting diode) fairy lights. It’s an inexpensive and completely removable way to add a magical glow inside your home, and there are solar-powered, weatherproof versions available for exterior use as well.
While drilling holes in the walls is a big no-no if you’re renting, that doesn’t mean you can’t put up pictures just about anywhere you wish. Use interlocking picture hanging strips to attach the frame directly to the wall, wherever you want it. When it’s time to remove it, simply pull down on the special tab – this stretches the adhesive off the wall as if it had never been there.
Hook me up!
The same removable adhesive system is also available for wall-mounting a wide variety of hooks and other accessories. Whether you need to hang a few kitchen utensils on the splashback, hold a broom in place against the wall, or keep your cables neatly out of the way, there are solutions to suit dozens of applications. There are even towel hooks that can be attached in wet areas.
Stick to it
And while you’re doing up the bathroom, add storage space inside the shower or on a tiled surface using accessories that are mounted using suction cups. There is an incredible range of wet-area accessories available, ranging from corner shelves to towel rails to toothbrush holders.