Wallpaper for Renters

Ixxi robot tiles via ixxi blog

Many landlords aren’t very keen on wallpaper or other drastic cosmetic changes, but living with boring walls is no fun. Luckily there are a few amazing products out there that can be put up and taken down easily, so you’re landlord is none the wiser. These ideas may also be useful for those of you who own your homes, but don’t want to commit to a drastic makeover.

Washi Tape for Your Walls

image via poppytalk

I thought I was dreaming when I saw this giant washi tape on Poppytalk last week. I want to cover my whole apartment in this stuff. I’m curious if the tape will be the same as the smaller version, which has a very cool papery finish. The tape comes in a number of different widths and shapes, so you can make stripes, polk-a-dots and more.  Giant washi tape will be available for purchase at Washimatta, priced from $42.60- $85.20 per roll.

Ixxi

via ixxi blog

ixxi is a smart tiling system that can be used to create patterns on walls and even room dividers. The coolest part is that you can put whatever image you want on the tiles or choose from one of the many designs they have available in their shop. I’m partial to the pixellated deer design in the image above. Ixxi isn’t cheap (aprox. 180 dollars US for 100 20cmx20cm cards) making it better for a small area rather then a giant wall, but sometimes that’s all you need to liven up a room.

Bilk

via blik wall decals

Blik is a company that creates artist designed wall decals and self-adhesive wall tiles. They stock a number of sophisticated patterns that mimic the look of high end wallpaper without the application and removal headaches.  Like ixxi, blik might be cost-prohibitive to cover a large area, but for a small room or an accent wall it could be fantastic. Two pieces that cover a 24” by 48” section of wall cost $39.00.

Wood Walls

via design sponge

Does this wood-panelled stairway look temporary to you? Professional photographers Seth and Desiree built this wall to add some interest to the stairs in their rental home. The whole thing is built on a frame so it can be easily removed.

DIY Fabric Wallpaper

DIY peel-off fabric wallpaper via curbly

The most affordable option to cover your walls is to make your own wallpaper, which can be done with some spray starch and fabric. Fabric wallpaper is luxurious, especially in a bedroom, and this project is also renter friendly because you can just peel it off when you are ready to move.  A similar trick can be done with maps, book pages and even images printed from your home computer.

Any tips or tricks you’ve used for decorating boring walls in an apartment or condo? I would love to hear some more ideas.

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