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Make a temporary fix

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Want to transform your rental into a space that reflects your personalit­y? These simple tricks will let you make your mark – without leaving a mark

Depending on which state you live in, there are a lot of guidelines when it comes to what you can and can’t do to a rented house or apartment. But that shouldn’t stop you from turning it into a home that expresses your personalit­y. Here’s how to give your rental a makeover without breaking any rules.

Let’s talk about big changes first. Something that’s grown popular in the past decade is removable wallpaper. There are many companies that offer beautiful prints, or you can have an image of your choice custom-sized to fit your wall. How about a life-size Monet for the living room, or a photo of the skate park in the kids’ room? Installing it is a job for any DIYER and it can be taken down damage-free when you leave.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Nothing drains the personalit­y out of a space like a flood of white light. Rentals are often fitted with cheap fluorescen­ts and down-lights, but you can still use lighting to set your mood. A lamp with a warm bulb will make a big difference, but you can also string a feature pendant above your coffee or dining table by getting clever with an extension cord plugged into a wall socket.

When it comes to DIY, there are so many uses for old ladders. Pair one with old painters planks, or have new pieces cut to size at your local hardware store, to create bookshelve­s, entertainm­ent units or just a simple but interestin­g display for photos, flowers and keepsakes. On the subject of pictures and photos, you can get really creative by curating your own gallery with removable wall hangers. As well as giving your home an establishe­d feel, filling a space with photos and artworks will also give it warmth and reflect your personalit­y.

Finally, as regular readers of this column will know, I’m a firm believer that nothing gives a space more character than indoor greenery. Not only do plants balance texture in your space, they also purify the air. A little bit of heaven in a pot. And here’s a tip for before you start putting your stamp on a new home: Take photos of every room, with close-ups of anything that’s slightly worn or out of order, then save them into a folder. It’s an easy way to protect your bond and save you hassle in the future. Barry Du Bois is co-host of The Living Room, which airs on Fridays at 7.30pm on Network Ten.

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 ??  ?? MAKE IT YOUR OWN (clockwise from top left) Removable wallpaper is easy to install and remove from rented walls, plus it really puts your stamp on a space, says Barry Du Bois; using temporary wall hangers to create a gallery of artworks instantly makes a home feel establishe­d;
use a photo or graphic for a fun feature wall in a child’s bedroom.
MAKE IT YOUR OWN (clockwise from top left) Removable wallpaper is easy to install and remove from rented walls, plus it really puts your stamp on a space, says Barry Du Bois; using temporary wall hangers to create a gallery of artworks instantly makes a home feel establishe­d; use a photo or graphic for a fun feature wall in a child’s bedroom.

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