How to Decorate Without Paint – UK Edition

A couple of my readers have asked whether the products I talked about in my original version of this post are available in the UK. On that note, here is a Brit version of How To Decorate Without Paint!

Temporary Wallpaper
Sadly, Tempaper (makers of fabulously removable temporary wallpaper) doesn’t sell in the UK. Still, you might consider using normal wallpaper with temporary adhesion, like Winston’s Roost did here – this gorgeous wallpaper is attached to the wall with thumb tacks and the edges are held down with blue tack.

Make Your Own “Wallpaper” with Washi Tape
Washi tape is basically pretty masking tape. Jenny from Little Green Notebook used aqua washi tape to create a diamond pattern in her entryway and totally transformed the space. Genius!

From here

Check Paper MashFox & Star or Paperchase for cute washi tapes in the UK.

A slight less renter-friendly option is to use ribbon and thumbtacks like Rita from Design Megillah did. You might be left with a lot of patching to do when you leave, but it sure is pretty!

From here


Use Sticky Back Plastic (aka Contact Paper)
If you have plaster walls (this method isn’t so great on drywall – it can be hard to remove), sticky back plastic can provide an inexpensive starting point for more interesting walls. Stephanie at Sabbe Interior Design used white contact paper to create a chevron pattern in her rental.

Sabbe Interior Design
If you’d rather not stick it on the walls, you can always use it to cover the back of a bookshelf or a china cabinet, like Jesyka at Visual Vocabulary did here:

You can buy decorative sticky back plastic at places like B&Q, Homebase and Hobbycraft. I especially love this sticky back hessian – so pretty.

Wall Decals
If you have drywall in your place, or you aren’t interested in making your own decals, ready-made decals can be an equally affordable option, especially in kids’ spaces.

Triangle Decals – Not on the High Street

Not On The Highstreet and Etsy are good places to look for wall stickers.

Jazz Up A Kitchen or Bathroom with Tile Stickers
Got a boring back splash? Give it a custom look with tile tattoos.
Tile Stickers – Etsy

Starched Fabric Walls
Another alternative to wallpaper – take enough fabric to cover your wall, apply liquid starch (available in supermarkets) with a roller, and stick the fabric to the wall like Kim Myles did here. When it’s time to move, dampen the fabric with a sponge and it’ll come right off again. I am itching to try this myself!
You could also use decorative thumb tacks to secure fabric to the wall for even easier removal.

Do let me knowif you decide to give any of these ideas a go – I’d love to see your results!
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