Clever Decor for Dreary Spaces


Escaping the grasp of rental living after six long years, I never thought anything could make me remotely envious of being back in that position – but lately I’ve spotted some really creative products for decorating temporary spaces which would have made those decor-challenged days much more bearable.

Plain walls are a dreary drawback of living in a rented space with many landlords not feeling the need to be creative with their colour palettes [Magnolia anyone?].

British brand The Painted House are here to give you more creative freedom – specialising in clever patterned paint rollers that are easy to use.

The patterns recreate the look of traditional handmade block-printed fabric or wallpaper giving walls a handcrafted look and are available in nine different designs and two types of applicator, one for fabric and one for paper. They replace the need and fuss of wallpapering a rented space – and you can just paint over the design when you leave.



The rollers are available in nine different designs, and two types of
applicator, one for fabric and one for papavailable in nine different designs, and two types of applicator, one for fabric and one for paper.

The next almost magical product is a range of magnetic wooden tiles that honestly would have transformed my bathroom [dungeon] six-years ago.

Made from marine plywood by Brooklyn-based studio Moonish, each tile is hand-painted with acrylic paint and natural dyes that come in an endless combination of colours and geometric patterns.

They are described as a ‘renters delight’ by Moonish founders Matt and Giovanna Taylor – because all customers have to do is arrange and rearrange the compositions, taking them with them when they move property. Woohoo!




Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

3 Comments on Clever Decor for Dreary Spaces

  1. Katie
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 14:04 at 2:04 pm (7 years ago)

    I love the clever printed roller idea! Genius!

  2. Rohini:TheBeatThatMyHeartSkipped
    Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 17:34 at 5:34 pm (7 years ago)

    Pretty right?

  3. Annahita
    Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 15:24 at 3:24 pm (6 years ago)

    The roller stamp print idea is great-I saw some similar ones in Amsterdam recently and really want to have a go at making my own design for my stationery company. Any idea if these guys do bespoke options? x

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