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 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.
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