If you’re ever at a dinner party and the conversation lags, simply turn the subject to tiny apartments and you’ll probably usher in a few interesting stories starring the legendary studio. The studio has long held its place between the dorm room and more permanent (albeit rented) residences, and rightfully so – a stylishly decorated studio has all the appeal of a cozy cabin in the woods or swanky city loft, only without the high monthly payments and easily overlooked cobwebs.
Sharing a dorm room might be the gateway to independence, but renting a studio apartment is the best way to sharpen your clever design skills. Once you’ve signed the contract for your snug little shelter, start your decorating engine with these five ways to make the best of small spaces with removable wallpaper for apartments:
1. Turn that tiny bathroom into a sanctuary of style. Good news – the smaller your bathroom, the less removable wallpaper it’ll take to transform into the most cheerful water closet you’ve ever brushed your teeth in. Cover all the walls with removable wallpaper and complete the look with towels, rugs, and trinkets. For an even better bathroom, replace fluorescent light bulbs with buttery ones that bounce off the colors to give your skin that just-received-an-Oscar look.
2. Shine a serious spotlight on the bookcase in your living room. It’s easy to turn a bookshelf into a visible storage space, but it’s equally as easy to make use of all those colorful dust jackets and cover art. Use removable wallpaper to cover the backs or bottoms of shelves and play with arranging and displaying your collection of books, photos, and curios. Use plastic or makeshift stands to show off the covers that look cool against your chic wallpaper background.
3. Redesign your bed, starting at the top. Whether you’re the proud owner of a bed frame with a headboard or working with a minimal mattress on the floor, adding a removable wallpaper headboard can do wonders to spruce up the wall at the top of your bunk. To create your stick on headboard, measure the width of the top of your mattress and decide how much wallpaper you’ll need to make either a full headboard or emphasize the space behind an existing one. Use scissors to shape your wallpaper and position it where it works best to accentuate your bedding.
4. Award your living room with stripes. To design a stare-worthy focal wall, cover the largest or most prevalent wall in your apartment’s common area with striped removable wallpaper. If you happen to like the existing paint color and can find a wallpaper pattern to complement it, carefully trim each wallpaper sheet into even strips and apply it in equidistant bands across the wall.
5. Break up that blank space between kitchen cabinets and counters. Choose a patterned removable wallpaper and use a measuring tape and scissors to snip out spaces for electrical sockets to show through. Make decorative use of the blank space behind your toaster and you’ll instantly recreate a room to be perfectly suited for entertaining hungry guests.
One of the best things about removable wallpaper is its portability. Once it’s time to move out, peel it away from the wall to reveal the landlord’s original paint job. Before picking your wallpaper, make sure it won’t damage the wall surfaces beneath it – you wouldn’t want to spend extra time and money on spackle and touch-up paint. If you’ve chosen a reusable brand of removable wallpaper, simply save the original backing and reattach it for transporting to your next decorating project.