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!
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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!
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.
White Contact Paper or Removable Vinyl
I liked the simple pattern of the white cross because 1. it’s clean, geometric and modern 2. these were very easy shapes to cut out! Using a ruler, I made a template out of card stock and cut about 40 crosses to go across my approximately 12′ wall.
Since walls are not straight and plum, a level was key to keeping my line at the correct height. I learned this the hard way when I was halfway through.
I did some testing after all the crosses were applied and the contact paper peeled right off the wall with no issue at all.
Now that my visual picture ledge was up, the next step in creating a more homey feeling was to add artwork! Using a tip on picture mounting heights, I measured and taped up brown kraft paper so I could 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 the space 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.
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.
I have bought so many amazing products from Minted over the years. I truly love this company. Two years ago, I bought two personalized notebooks for my mom and mother-in-law. I bought set of my business cards from them and now that they are selling table linens and lampshades (whaaat!), you know I’ll be adding some of those to my Christmas list!
Speaking of holidays, starting on November 10th to the 16th, they are running a special promo for 20% off all foil-pressed products, including holiday cards and art!. This is kind of a rarity, so if you are looking to get a head start on those holiday cards, definitely check them out.
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