If you’ve been around here awhile then you know we live in military housing. The thing about mil housing is that typically the houses are as basic as it gets. Eggshell white walls, oak cabinetry, cafeteria style tile, brown carpet. The works. But let me tell you, we always rock it. It definitely requires you to think outside of the box. Lately, I’ve been searching for some alternatives to painting the walls. While, I’d love to paint (and probably will paint a few walls) it’s just not feasible to paint this entire place. So, it’s time to get creative! Here are a few temporary wall treatment ideas for you renters out there 🙂
You’d be surprised how easy it is to incorporate some color and texture to your space using temporary wall treatments. I searched high and low and found a few ideas that I can’t wait to try!
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Use Vinyl Wall Decals
Destiny from A Place For Us used gold dots from Walls Need Love to create a cascading confetti effect on her wall. They are so fun and add just the enough color to complement her gorgeous coral dresser. It’s the perfect addition to the space.
I also love this striped wall found on Little Green Notebook. It’s created by using dark brown vinyl strips. Strip walls are so popular but for a renter it can be a big commitment. This is the perfect solution to get that trendy look without committing too much time.
Use Fabric As Wallpaper
A great alternative to wallpaper is fabric. Yes, believe it or not, fabric can be used as a temporary wall treatment solution. Check out Numbered Street Designs for a great tutorial on how to use fabric as a temporary wallpaper.
Use Wrapping Paper as Wallpaper
Another fantastic replacement for wallpaper is wrapping paper! Wendy from Shabby Nest used wrapping paper to give her mudroom a custom look. I’d love to do something like this in my entry way!
DIY Your Own Temporary Wallpaper
Use Decorative or Masking Tape To Create A Patterned Wall
You all know how much I love washi tape. I love the idea of using it in a geometric pattern to create a focal wall like this one from Cottage and Vine.
This washi tape striped wall from Boho Deco Chic is just darling.
Use Oversized Wall Art
Oversized wall art that can cover up a good portion of the wall is a great alternative to painting or wallpaper. It allows you to hide the stark walls with pop of color. I love this wall art Brooke from All Things Thrifty created.
Another great way to hide those white walls is to create a gallery wall. This photo ledge from Two Twenty One gives a gallery wall feel without hammering in a dozen nails. (another renter win!) And if you want to commit to a full gallery wall this one from Jennifer Johner is great. It’s floor to ceiling keeping the focus on the photos. I also love how it works around the outlet and light switch. Super clever.
Shelves are a great way to fill up a wall space while bringing focus to the your display and off the stark white walls. This DIY wall shelving is a great decorative addition that doesn’t require any permanent fixtures. You can check out this wall shelves tutorial here.
There you have it, some excellent design ideas for temporary wall treatments. Which of these are you going to try?
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