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I flip through home decor magazines and long for the beautiful rooms that flood each page. I dream of knocking down walls, of opening things up and painting the entire house the perfect shade of light neutral gray to use as the perfect backdrop for a picture perfect home. But I can’t. Because I rent.
Our situation is not by choice. It was forced onto us 5 years ago. It was supposed to be temporary. 1 year, 2 at the most. But it’s been 5 and we’re still here. Over the past 5 years I’ve gone through many emotions when it comes to decorating my temporary home. At first I didn’t know how to decorate it, nothing felt homey, and everything felt like I was putting a square peg into a round hole. Like I was working around someone else’s bad design decisions. If you live in a rental, you may feel the same way.
I have learned that the one thing that makes our rental feel most like home are pictures of our family. Family pictures tell a story. Your story is what makes your home “you”. Even if you rent, you can create a beautiful story with a gallery wall while still keeping your security deposit intact.
EASY TIPS TO CREATE THE PERFECT GALLERY WALL
- Choose photos that all have the same theme. Using pictures from a family vacation makes this easy. I used photos from a professional photo shoot that we had taken a few years ago.
- Depending on the look you want, choose either one color frame or several colors that go well together. I chose to use all white and one pop of blue.
- Lay your frames out on the ground to determine your layout before you hand everything up.
- Use 3M Strips to hang your picture frames so you don’t damage the walls.
This last step is what makes it rental-friendly. I use 3M strips to hang most everything in my house. I even used them to hang my porch curtains! They are super easy to use, come in several sizes and won’t damage the cheap flat paint that normally comes in rental homes.
One reason I love this decorating technique is because it is easy to add to the gallery wall. When you have a big expanse of blank wall space , a gallery wall is an easy way to fill it up. A single 8×10 frame on a wall will look small but if you combine numerous frames into a gallery wall, you can really make a statement in your home.
What beautiful story will YOU create to turn your rental into home?