This Rental-Friendly DIY Project Is Perfect for Spring
Our weekend plans, sorted.
Published Mar 27, 2019 12:59 PM
Nothing puts a damper on creative expression quite like moving into a rental apartment with bland white walls. No matter how many bright furniture pieces and playful tchotchkes you sprinkle about your space, an uninspiring backdrop can hinder a house from feeling like home. We’ve long heralded the benefits of removable wallpaper as a solution to this common renter woe, and a brand-new cheerful collection by Chasing Paper is just the cure we need. In collaboration with artist Jen Peters, the line is perfect for a fun spring refresh.
Officially launching today, the Chasing Paper x Jen Peters collection spans five prints, each available in a plethora of colorways. At the brand’s typically affordable price of $40 per large panel, each one would be perfect for updating a small nook in your home. Maybe your entryway leaves a little to be desired, or maybe your living room could do with a fun accent wall. The beauty of such a versatile collection is that it’s totally customizable.
“The line was inspired by California sunshine,” explains Peters, who says she’s long wanted to work with a wallpaper company and jumped at the chance to collaborate with a female-owned brand. “I live in Los Angeles and am constantly inspired by the palm trees and colors that surround me. I hope to infuse extra joy into people’s homes with this collection.”
While cheerfulness is the general theme of the collection, each print tells a different story.
California Palms is a minimalist take on the ever-popular palm-print wallpaper trend. For the animal lover, Puppy Pile features adorable dog illustrations. The Palm Springs print brings home the architecture of the area via mid-century home drawings. On the more abstract end of the spectrum, Spotted is a colorful dotted print, and Stacked includes a smattering of tiny geometric shapes.
Given the collection’s range, there are tons of ways to implement it. If you’re looking for a fun weekend DIY project, here are some of the best ways to design with the new Chasing Paper collection. Plus, since the papers are removable, it’s a low-risk project that’ll make a big impact in your space—essentially, it’s a commitment-averse renter’s dream.
Chasing Paper founder Elizabeth Rees recommends using the Spotted print in the pink and orange varietal to DIY a faux headboard. “You will need approximately two panels,” she says of this low-lift project. “You can cut them to your preferred shape and stick them behind the bed.”
You know that old IKEA piece you’ve had forever and are debating tossing? Don’t. Give a dated bookshelf or nightstand new life by covering it in colorful paper. Opt for the Stacked print for a statement-making upgrade.
Have fun with the whimsical prints and try your hand at an accent wall. Peters loves the idea of using Dog Pile in a nursery to decorate the space behind your little one’s crib with this playful pattern. Alternatively, think bigger: “Dog Pile would look amazing in a mudroom, where you wipe your paws,” says the artist.
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