With half of the Ma Bicyclette team packing their lives into boxes and moving homes, I felt it was about time I up-ed my game as the 'home decor' blogger! Aside from the very lucky Steph B (who is putting the finishing touches to her very own self-built home!), most people our age are living in rented accommodation, meaning that we are not always able to get our paintbrushes out on the dull magnolia walls, and sometimes we can't even fill the place with our own furniture, so this blog post is all about giving your home a bit of character, without losing your deposit!
If you think that wallpaper is something you have to stear clear from, then think again! You can now find temporary wall paper if you search hard enough! "Self Adhesive Repositionable Wallpaper goes on simply without any other tools or materials and can be simply peeled off and repositioned without leaving any markings or residue." It is essentially a giant sticker that rolls on flat like wallpaper. We found some nice designs at Decowall.co.uk for around £9 per square meter.
If wallpaper isn't your thing, or you want a cheaper alternative, you could opt for some wall decals. These work in a similar way, but instead of covering a whole wall, you can choose from hundreds of different shaped silhouette stickers that can be applied to, and removed from, your walls easily. There are literally thousands of these available on ebay!
If it's your bathroom or kitchen that is in need of a bit of personality, you can get stickers that will brighten up a wall of boring white tiles too!
Ugly view, or a window that faces out onto the street, allowing passers by to peer in on you? Try this removable window film from 2Jane to avoid the need for net curtains!
A very cheap and cheerful way of brightening up a dull wall - paper garlands! You can either peg them onto a piece of string like the picture on the right, or, because they are so light, they can even be put up with a bit of blu tak!
My last suggestion (and possibly the best?) is to get your hands on some washi tape.
Washi tape is essentially just patterned masking tape, which means you can stick it to pretty much any surface, in any design, and when you want to take it down, it will just peel off!
Do you have any other ideas for temporary home improvements? Let us know!