As a house-renter that has lived in nine different spaces in the last fourteen years, I'm well-versed in the ways to make your home feel as much a reflection of your style as you can within the usual renter restrictions. I'd been hearing people talk about the removable wallpaper and vinyl decals that were on the market over the last few years but never felt that urge to investigate further. After working with Walls Need Love to help add some magic to Ruby's seriously neglected room, I'm a new believer in the power of pattern on your walls!
I'm working on a full before-and-after room makeover post but wanted to show you how uninspiring things were feeling in her room up until last week. Our rental was fully refurbished by the landlord and the designer that picked the paint colors chose a warm light gray (not sure the exact color/brand) to compliment the warmth of the original wood floors and moulding. It's not the worst but it can feel like it's always overcast outside and left me feeling a little unsure about how to make the most of things.
I can't begin to list the many little room challenges I ran into when trying to make the best of what we had to also fit the design of the room because I'm so thankful we get to live in a rental with this much charm! However, a few of those design roadblocks, a busy workload, and a shoestring budget were all keeping this room from feeling enjoyable for anyone to spend time in. Warm and spacious, yes. Pretty, nope.
While browsing through the Walls Need Love design packs, I instantly knew this was the one I wanted in her space. Originally I thought I'd use them inside the little cubby hole above her bunk bed to help make it feel extra special on the inside but I realized it could really transform the whole look of her space if I used them on that entire wall. I did test the wall decals on our paint because I've pulled some texture off in other places with washi tape and was thrilled that you couldn't tell they'd been attached at all.
I then measured out 3" from the edge of the cubby wall and 3" from the corner of the wall to help me get a feel for how the design would fill the space. The two stars were 16" apart from the centers so then I found the center between the two stars and measured 16" vertically from there to create my diamond shape. I continued measuring 16" down from each star and marking with chalk. This not only made the job of marking the pattern faster, it helped me get a visual of whether things were looking spread out enough and lining up well before taking the time to place all of the decals.
The pattern felt big enough to complement the size of the room without feeling too busy and I love that the stars are metallic. It has a little bit of a whimsical, vintage vibe.
I think I used one-and-a-half design packs to fill this space so it's not only a great option for renters it's a really affordable way to make a big impact!
I've already shared a teaser photo from the Pom-Pom Wall Hanging tutorial but I'll be sure to share the full effect of adding these stars to the wall and making a few inexpensive changes to this corner of the house! I'm so thrilled with it but knowing Ruby is thrilled with it is all that matters to this mama.
I'll be back soon with a few more projects and a full before-and-after! If you'd like to see some Walls Need Love removable wallpaper in action check out the first photo in our Christmas House Tour. It's a game changer, folks!
P.S. I was compensated for sharing this post in partnership with Walls Need Love to get the word out about how fantastic their products are but all opinions are my own. I'm so thankful to get the chance to share products I love in this space and for all the ways these opportunities help me continue to do what I love over here.