What to Do When Your Landlord Vetoes Paint and Wallpaper

2 years ago

Some may say that if you are paying rent, you have the right to do whatever you want to do to the property, in regards to painting and things of that nature — as long as you leave it in a condition that pleases your landlords. Personally, I agree with that, but it is not the way things go all the time. Still, if you move into an apartment where the paint and wallpwper on the walls does not suit your personality or your design aesthetic (as I just experienced: beautiful place, but walls decorated in oranges, yellows and the most heinous floral wallpaper imaginable) and your landlord is wary of letting you do anything (even though former tenants were allowed to paint the walls orange and yellow, and put up the most heinous floral wallpaper imaginable), there are ways to get around that dictate.

Sheets.  That’s right — flat bed sheets, not the fitted ones.  You can choose them in a color you like, or pick white sheets and paint them. You can tack them up in a way that will not harm the underlying wall, or use special adhesives that will not harm the paint or paper beneath.  Stretched tightly, this idea is safe, economical, stylish, and beautiful.

Want wallpaper? Stencil your sheets. In any design you like. Nor do you have to pay an arm and a leg for the stencils. Print out the ones you like and use an Xacto knife to cut out the patterns on the appropriate material.

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