Renter's Design Dilemma #1: Brown Tile Fireplace Wall
Happy Monday, y'all! This week I'm sharing two design dilemmas that I'm dying to solve in this house and I'm hoping you might be able to provide some ideas! I'll start with one today and finish up with the other on Wednesday. They both have to do with the back wall of our living room.
Our little Philadelphia row house has a wonderful open floor plan on the first floor. On the back wall, there's a charming wood-burning fireplace, but what's not charming is the brown tile that covers the entire wall. When the owner renovated this house, he made a few design choices along the way that wouldn't necessarily have been my first choices and that brown tile is one of them. I realize that some may love this "feature wall," but it's not my cup of tea unfortunately. It makes the back end of the first floor feel dark and cave-like. Plus, there's so much brown in this house already: brown wood floors, brown stairs, brown mantle, brown kitchen cabinets...you get the point.
I'm itching to lighten things up a bit on this floor, so this brings me to design dilemma #1: how to cover up that brown tile. As y'all know, we're renting this home, so there will be no demo-ing here, and whatever we end up doing obviously needs to be a removable and damage-free solution.
Here's a wide shot of the living area with the wall o' tile:
See how brown everything reads in here? Those buttery yellow walls don't help either (we are allowed to paint, so I'm hoping to do that eventually too!).
There are the two ideas I'm seriously considering for this dilemma: white beadboard or removable wallpaper.
Idea # 1: Beadboard.
The Nester covered up her renter's kitchen backsplash with beadboard and it looked fantastic. Check it:
You know how she attached it? Hot glue. It popped right off of tile without damaging it. Since the surface I'm trying to cover is tile as well, this idea seems really appealing. Beadboard fits my design aesthetic well too and I think it would look nice around the fireplace.
Idea #2: Removable Wallpaper.
Removable wallpaper, also known as "renter's wallpaper" or "peel and stick wallpaper," is something that's been around for several years now and there are some awesome patterns out there. I found several companies (Chasing Paper, Swag Paper, even Target) that have contemporary, modern designs that are appealing to me, but I'm not totally convinced that I want to go with a bold pattern on that wall. Dormco carries blank, paintable wallpaper, which sounds pretty awesome, but also might not be the right solution for a fireplace surround. Spoonflower allows you to create your own, custom removable wallpaper - also a nice option.
So what do y'all think?
Do you have other ideas for this design dilemma?
I'll be back with design dilemma #2 on Wednesday. Here's a photo of what I'm dealing with for this dilemma: nasty vertical blinds!
It's a nice combo with the tile wall, don't you think? I don't have any brilliant ideas for that one yet, so get ready to put your thinking caps on for that one!