I’ve been renting for 17 years and it’s something I really like about my life. Always moving, always something new to come. New neighbourhoods to explore, new places to fall in love with.
As much as I love the flexibility of renting, it brings with it decorating issues. I’ve been slow to accumulate things for my living space because firstly I’ve always lived in furnished apartments until recently, and secondly why buy lots of stuff when I don’t know if it will work in the next place I move in to. There’s also the issue with not being able to do a whole lot with built in bedroom units, kitchen units, bathroom sanitary ware and walls.
This week I’ve been looking for solutions for the eternal renter, and I’ve landed on wallpaper. Removable wallpaper. What a bloody brilliant invention.
My bedroom is a typical example of a bland shell. Perfectly clean, which is enough for me to move in, but character is something it does not have. White walls, white curtains, beige carpet, dark built in units. The lack of colour is driving me crazy. However it does have the most perfect set up for wallpaper, an alcove with two down-lighters behind the bed, and I intend to make use of it.
My colour palette is a combination of coral, peach, green, blue, turquoise and navy. My first thoughts were to bring out the blue tones.
I could have made some of these work, Jewel (3) and Speckle (4) in particular, but these options weren’t making the colour scheme pop enough, so I went back to the drawing board.
Now I was starting to get somewhere. The more I layered colour, the more interesting it got. I would have been quite happy to use the black and white Technology Vector wallpaper (3) in the alcove and seek out designs similar to the others in a combination of cushions, bed linen, throws and rugs for the room.
But I still wanted to see if I could find a wallpaper that pulled the colour scheme together a bit more to give the room the injection of colour that it needed. So I did a complete 360, and totally went against my commitment to not going anywhere near florals.
I know, a lot of floral going on here, but these options really helped bring the colour scheme to life. I’m ordering samples of all these, along with the black and white Technology Vector wallpaper before making a final decision, but the Contemporary Spring Floral wallpaper has now become a strong contender. It’s a mural, so more a piece of art than wallpaper. And it is STUNNING. It comes from a website that I’ve completely fallen in love with, www.anewall.com. Here are a few more of their gorgeous designs.
Removable wallpaper is not just for renters. It allows you to have fun with colour and print and gives you the flexibility of being able to change it up frequently. I always maintain choose large pieces of furniture wisely and then play with accessories. Removable wallpaper has now been added to my list of toys.