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Removable Wallpaper: The Ultimate Interior Design Trick for Renters

When living in an apartment, it is often difficult to decorate and renovate the place as you wish because of rental agreements.

This does not mean that apartment dwellers need to live in drab and dreary areas.

Luckily, the past few years showed a trend of creative temporary décor and a whole new world wall decorations.

Made-to-order temporary wall décor companies are having a blast, delivering creative temp decal and even giving some awesome DIY hacks to renters. These are so easy that any renter can now design their walls to their heart’s desire.

The best thing about these decals is that you can design your apartment without damaging the walls and potentially losing out on your deposit!

Here are three ways to use temporary décor to make your walls pop:

#1 – Temporary wallpaper companies

When shopping for temporary wallpaper, it is important that you use a high-quality dealer so that installation and take-down are easy without any hassle.

Sometimes the glue might be inadequate and it won’t stick; other times the glue might be too much and peel the paint off the wall.

Self-adhesive fabrics work best for the preserving the walls underneath, but it is advisable for you to order sample products and test them before ordering and buying a set and doing a complete remodel.

Most wallpaper companies, however, use self-adhesive fabrics, many of which are reusable and even washable.

There are a few dependable companies in South Africa and their reviews are available online. So, do yourself a favor and hit that search engine button!

#2 – Decals

Okay, so maybe you don’t want to redo your entire wall, but you are bored of the same old color and look of it. This is where decals are perfect.

It is a great way to achieve the wallpaper look without the wallpaper!

Wall decals made their claim to fame with adorable children’s designs that parents could easily put up and simply take down again.

These days, however, the peel-and-stick method has moved to the living room, the bathroom and even the grown-ups’ rooms!

There are many different designs to choose from including bold colors, vibrant patterns, eclectic designs and even classic florals that allow you to express your creativity independently.

It gives you absolute creative freedom when it comes to placement and positioning and the best is that they are as permanent as you want it to be.

#3 – DIY removable wallpaper

Last but not least on the list of must-have temporary interior décor is DIY removable wallpaper.

This is a trick that is handy for renters on a budget because all you need is some normal, old-fashioned wallpaper, some painters tape, some double-sided tape and a yardstick.

Gather your supplies and your favorite pattern of wallpaper and follow these easy steps:

  • Use painters tape to create a grid pattern on the wall. It doesn’t have to be absolutely exact, but the grid lines should run no longer than 2 feet apart to ensure plenty of adhesive backing on the wall.
  • Put double-sided tape over the painters tape. Painters tape will protect your walls when you remove the wallpaper, but the double-sided tape will provide plenty of strong adhesives to hold the paper up.
  • Measure the wall and cut the paper to size.
  • Carefully position the first strip on the wall, smoothing it out as you go along.
  • Trim it up using a razor blade and the yardstick to straighten the edges. Add additional tape to keep curling edges down for good.

Whether you need a complete makeover or just something to cheer the place up, these temporary wall hacks got you covered!


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