INSIDE : Learn how to create a home, even while in a rental with simple removable cross wall decals! Perfect to add interest to your wall, but easy to take down.
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This post has been updated since it’s original November 2015 publish date.
I have lived in a rental home for three months now. I’m sure there are plenty of war stories about landlords and leaky faucets, but I am here today to share a little rental home inspiration! I’ve partnered with one of my very favorite companies, Minted, to share how to create a home, even while in a rental!
One of the biggest things that often is neglected in a rental home are the walls. Because we often can not paint them and nail holes sometimes are allowed but other times are not, the walls which are the biggest open space of your home, often feel blank and lack interest. Let me introduce you to make it yourself wall decals!
Check out some of my other Rental Home posts:
- Renter Friendly Memo Board
- Rental House Front Stoop Update
- SMALL Rental Kitchen Vision Board
- Rental House : How To Personalize A Little Girl’s Bedroom
- How To Create A Home, Even While In A Rental
- Stacked Herb Garden
- Home Sweet Rented Home book
If I owned this home, I would have loved to install a picture ledge the entire length of this wall. Since we are only renters, I decided to create my own wall decals to visually mimic a picture ledge.
What supplies do I need to add renter friendly wall decals?
- White Contact Paper or Removable Vinyl
- Cross Template cut from cardboard
How to make white cross vinyl decals-
When deciding on what shape to add to my walls, I took a few things into consideration.
I liked the simple pattern of the white cross because –
- It’s clean, geometric and a modern design.
- These were very easy shapes to cut out! You can use a fancy cutting machine or just use scissors!
Using a ruler, I made a template out of card stock and cut about 40 crosses out to go across my roughly 12′ length living room wall.
Since walls are not always straight nor plum, a level was key to keeping my line at the correct height. I learned this the hard way when I was about halfway through sticking them to the wall.
I did some testing after all the crosses were applied and the contact paper peeled right off the wall with no issue at all, score!
Adding art to your rental home
Now that my visual picture ledge was up, the next step in creating a more homey feeling was to add artwork! I measured and taped up brown kraft paper to act like that art, so I could get the spacing correct on the wall.
After the all Minted artwork was hung, the room instantly looked so much better!
It’s amazing how adding color and interest to the wall really bring a room to life! One of the things I especially love about Minted is that they connect you with amazing independent artists. Their art selection is fresh, unique, and you won’t find their home décor anywhere else.
Adding color with pillows and plants
From there, I layered in additional color inspired by my new art using throw pillows and plants. I was thrilled to find a green pillow to pick up on the green from the Emerald print.
I love the simple pattern and color this Abstract Triangles brings to the room.
If you are interested in checking out the prints I used more closely, you can see the sources below.
16″ x 16″ Emerald Print in a white frame
11″ x 14″ Nice Work Print in a white frame
11″ x 14″ Stacks Print in a white frame
16″ x 16″ Abstract Triangles in a white frame
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