Anyone can hang a poster or a framed piece of art, but sometimes it takes a little more creativity to make your walls picture perfect.
Here are five unique ideas, from simple to simply fabulous.
Shelves: If your landlord allows, hanging shelves is one of the best ways to add visual interest to your walls. Hang one above your TV to display your favorite photos and souvenirs from your vacations. Put up multiple shelves – in vertical rows or staggered – to create a wall-mounted bookshelf. Or get artsy with some shadow boxes to showcase prized possessions like your wedding bouquet, medals and bibs from races you’ve run, or a collage of ticket stubs and CDs from your favorite band.
Collections: For all those things you’ve collected over the years but had nowhere to display – old records, postcards you never sent, dishes and mugs from the thrift store – the wall may be just the place. Map out on the floor how you’d like them arranged, then hammer in nails or use 3M strips to attach them to the wall. For objects of various sizes, randomness is best, while items of the same shape (like antique dinner plates) look best in a symmetrical pattern.
Decals: This decorating idea has hit the mainstream in the last couple years and continues to infiltrate nearly every room in the house. Stores like Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond sell decals to suit any style, from trees and flowers to inspirational quotes to cartoon characters for kids rooms. Best of all, they are adhesive and can be easily removed when you move out without leaving a trace.
Clocks: Sure, you can buy a clock at the store and call it a day. But with a little ingenuity – and some engineering skills – you can make one right on your wall. Buy a set of 12 numbers, metal circles, utensils or any objects of your choice; a clock-making kit (try Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or Amazon); a hammer and nails; and batteries. Check out this tutorial for one clock from the master, Martha Stewart.
Paint: Another one to clear with the landlord before you start, a little bit of paint can go a long way in sprucing up your place. Rather than painting every wall (which you’ll likely have to paint back before you move out), pick an accent wall in one or two rooms and leave the rest alone. Keep it simple and chic with a solid color; opt for some thick, vertical stripes (with careful use of painters tape and a tape measure); or try out a large stencil for just a splash of color.