Refined Rentals!

Do you live in a rental property and constantly feel your creativity being curbed by the constraints of not owning your place?  I’m guessing for most of us, the answer to that question will be yes!  Home is somewhere you should feel you belong and it should reflect who you are as an individual.  Just like fashion, styling your home is an extension of your personality.  And until the day that you decide to purchase that blank canvas home, it can feel like a part of your identity is missing in the midst of all those magnolia walls and beige carpets!  But there are lots of clever ways we can make a rental feel like home and unleash some of that pent up creativity!  Here are some ideas on how to do just that!

Temporary Wallpaper

Temporary wallpaper is an excellent way to make a huge impact in a space.  It’s even great for home owners who are commitment phobes!  You can easily pop this up and change it when the mood takes you!  Wallpaper has made a huge come back and there is no better way to add drama and your own sense of style to a room.  You can purchase temporary wall paper from stores such as  Tempaper, Sherwin-Williams and Design Your Wall.  It’s pre-glued so you just pop it up and use a damp sponge to loosen glue when taking it down.

 

No Room With A View!

If you have unsightly older windows or a view that you would rather hide that show off, using a pretty privacy film can solve the problem.

 

Hanging Art & Photographs

This can be one of the most common problems in rentals as most landlords wont allow you to use nails.  Some clever ways around this is to use Commands line of temporary hooks and velcro strips below.  They come off as easily as they go on and won’t damage your walls.

 

Temporary Back splash

This is a clever idea that can make a big impact in your kitchen!  Fasades are thin thermoplastic panels that attach to your wall with specifically made durable double sided tape.

 

Faux Granite Bench Tops

Another clever idea to completely change the look of your kitchen is to apply temporary counter top covers in faux granite!

 

Washi Tape

This Japanese tape has endless uses!  It can be used to create wall art, gift wrapping, updating jars or pottery and as seen below, it can be used on walls to create impact in such a simple way.  It’s inexpensive and comes off as easily as it goes on!

 

Of course there are even easier ways to put your own mark on your space using simple things like decorative pillows, rugs, throws, curtains and your own decorative ornamental pieces.  But if you want to go that little bit further and inject a little more of you into your home, the above ideas are easy and will give you that personalized look to make that home ‘your’ home!

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Design Dilemma – How To Hang Wall Art

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If you’re like me, you’ll be dreaming of building and designing your own home some day!  I have so many ideas for my dream home and look forward to a day when I can put it all into practice!  But for now, all I have is a ‘bottom drawer’ of ideas (or in this age, we call it Pinterest!).  On my ‘to do list’ is a display wall, housing art, photographs and treasures.  It’s a high impact look that gives that personal touch to your space.  But it can be a tricky concept to put together!  Here are some tips on how to pull off an effortless display wall;

1. Check Your Foundation

Before you begin, you need to consider the type of wall you’re hanging your pictures on.  For concrete, you will need a rotary hammer drill. Use a drill bit that’s smaller than the plug especially with older houses as this will slowly create the hole without disturbing the masonry.  For plasterboard, a basic screwdriver will do.

2. Measure Up

Pictures should be hung at eye level, with the centre of the artwork sitting at approximately 1.45m – 1.52m from the floor. When hanging art in children’s bedrooms, lower it to their height, so they can enjoy it too.

3. Come Together

For a vintage feel, mix frames of varied shapes, sizes and textures of photos and memorabilia. Hanging a collection of frames is ideal for large walls. Experiment with the configuration on the floor first, using an important piece as a focal point and then spread them out in all directions, thinning out at the edges. Separate two similar-sized pieces with a smaller one and keep spacing tight.

4. Think Outside The Square

Don’t restrict yourself to traditional options.  You can frame tickets to a favourite concert, dried flowers, plates or anything that means something significant to you. You can even leave some funky frames empty to create a minimalist look, or put up a shelf to display a sculpture.

5. Location, Location

You don’t always have to place a painting or picture in the middle of a wall.  Instead, anchor it over a piece of furniture, such as a sofa, or reference it to a feature, like at the end of a dining table or above a mantelpiece.

6. Don’t Step Into The Light

Sunlight exposure will fade artwork.  Also, if you hang a glass covered photo across from a window, the reflection of the light will restrict your view of the image.  It’s best to display your photo or art away from natural light and if possible, display it under an artificial recessed light which will highlight it.