My Living Room: A Wallpaper Idea For Rentals


Welcome to the first post from a mini series that will take a look inside Mr. Bazaar’s rented apartment! I wanted to invite you into my home to see some of my latest home updates beyond the little peeks I share each week in 10 Things I Learned & Loved This Weekend, and I’ve decided to kick of with the new removable wallpaper in my living room. Removable wallpaper, I hear you say? Yes, it’s true and it’s the perfect decorating idea for renters or serial decorators! Those clever folks over at Photowall have the option on some of their papers to order a ‘stick on, peel off’ option that doesn’t damage the walls. I decided to go for Fine Little Day’s Gran/Spruce wallpaper because I haven’t been able to quit the Scandinavian forest-inspired pattern since I bought the cushion of the same design almost two years ago – it was also the perfect match for my IKEA PS PENDAL clock. People are often surprised about my love for black but I think it’s such a fantastic and versatile hue. As I use lots of primary brights in my home I like to use black to prevent them from feeling childish; black is also an ideal base for layering bright colour on top. I really like how the graphic black base keeps my brights looking fresh and sophisticated, not to mention being the perfect partner for the yellow curtains I made recently. Next time I’ll show you my super cute and bright yellow sofa but for now I’d love to know what you think of my graphic and bright living room!

// Photography by Will Taylor


  • Reply Amanda || Eclectic Snapshots February 21, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Can we talk about that industrial style rolling console. Fab. Just love it!

  • Reply susan February 21, 2013 at 12:49 am

    love it…brilliant idea and so stylishly executed my friend!

  • Reply Kathi February 21, 2013 at 1:41 am

    removable wallpaper- a fabulous idea! love your spruce print, perfect with all of the wonderful color

  • Reply Chloe MOON February 21, 2013 at 2:36 am

    I just love your clock bookcase! Is it a functional clock? I love all the colors and that must be so convenient to have that peel off wall paper! Can’t wait to see more!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

      @Chloe – Yep, the clock is functioning and it doesn’t tick either – bonus!

  • Reply Kate February 21, 2013 at 4:08 am

    It must be nice to sample so many products but there is no way I’d spend over 250 euros to wallpaper the wall of someone else’s house, Will, no matter how temporary. The renters I know, myself included, are motivated by cost as well as renter-friendly. Sorry to be a downer, but this is just not a realistic option to me.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2013 at 7:48 am

      @Kate – No need to apologise for sharing your opinion. I agree that this isn’t the cheapest option but I didn’t pitch it as being so. As I’ve always lived in rentals I’ve often saved hard and foregone other luxuries so I can afford to save up to add value to my home. For me, rented or not, I love my home and so investing into it whether rented or not, is very important to me.

  • Reply Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} February 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Wow, the wallpaper is fab and makes such a statement! I love what you have created Will, it looks so cozy and very you. I love the IKEA grandfather clock too, it is such a fun piece! xx

  • Reply Chick Tyler February 21, 2013 at 6:23 am

    Dig. It.

  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking February 21, 2013 at 7:39 am

    As a renter, I feel so frustrated that I can’t adorn my walls with anything (although I have but I will need to fill holes and paint before I leave) so this is the perfect solution for me! Your living room is so light and airy and I love your choice of wallpaper.

  • Reply Darren February 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Having just had to scrape the wallpaper from my sister’s feature wall on her rented flat when she moved out a few weekends ago and then re-paint the wall underneath to match, this looks like a brilliant idea!!

    Love your living room, from what I have seen of your blog it is very you, which is the most important interior design rule of all for me. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • Reply Eva February 21, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Your place looks really fun and inviting! I also love how graphic it all is without seeming rigid, it all is light and fun! Personally, I think I couldn’t live with black and yellow for an extended period of time, but I really love the look of it in your living room!

  • Reply Polly Rowan February 21, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Ahhh this looks so nice. I like the idea of removable wallpaper. It takes away the pressure of choosing a wallpaper that you have to live with for years and years on end. Plus it works for rentals. Love your choice x

  • Reply Toni @ Skandivis February 21, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Loving your Scandinavian forest wallpaper and I’m now totally hooked on the idea of removable wallpaper all together! I’m thinking it would be great for decorating doors and furniture too πŸ™‚ x

  • Reply Gabrielle February 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    How gorgeous is your living room? Just as I expected it would be! Love too many things, including the wallpaper to list them all, but the framed picture of the dog in the bicycle basket is especially fab. And do you own all of Jamie Oliver’s books?! Removable wallpaper is such a good idea, not just for rentals but for folk who just like to change things up and hate wallpaper stripping (naming no names…!).

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

      @Gabrielle – Thank you so much. Yes, as well as yellow I’m also a Jamie Oliver addict; I find his recipes really tasty and the cookbooks themselves are always beautifully crafted. Oh, an colourful! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply tim@designmaze February 21, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    how fantastic is that!! I know there are the peel and stick option but never really know if they do absolutely no damaging to the walls. I am looking up photowall now to see if I can get one for my rental project!

    thank you for sharing your space with us. you know I have been dying to see your new space. The yellow and black looks so crisp and chic together. The tree wallpaper just makes me smile and yes, black is such a versatile color that helps ground the space or set the stage for bright colors to pop!

  • Reply geraldine February 21, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    First washi tape that allows you to stick pictures up on the wall without marking and now removable wallpaper. What a fabulous idea. I wish I’d known earlier. Love the wallpaper in parts of my house but sometimes it limits decorating when I want to change a look or colour to the room. Now I know what I can do, thanks for sharing will. x

  • Reply mikky February 21, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Fun idea for a post series. Love all the colours and happiness in your apartment. It’s cool to get a nice peak inside your pad.


  • Reply vivian munroe February 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Looking forward to check out the sofa πŸ™‚ Will, I have a question for you. Since you’re a color lover, such as I, what do you think about metallics? They are a huge trend this year both in fashion and interiors, do you think they can be considered a color when it comes to interior design? Or more as a style? Please let me know what you think πŸ™‚

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

      @Vivian – Hey! I wouldn’t think of metallics as a colour, per se; more of a finish. For exmaple, you might layer in copper metallics to a racing green and aubergine scheme to add drama and a dash of glamour!

  • Reply laura redburn // cardboardcities February 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    love that bookshelf! where is it from? not that i’ll be able to afford it, just curious!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 21, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      @Laura – Sure, it’s actually from IKEA and is called PENDAL. It’s about Β£100 so not too expensive either!

  • Reply Tracey February 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    So awesome that you shared your own home ……. I am truly inspired!

  • Reply Amanda (wit and whistle) February 22, 2013 at 2:00 am

    I love the idea of removable wallpaper, and I’m not renting! When we moved into our home I spent countless hours peeling off dingy 40 year old wallpaper. The only way I’d be convinced to use wallpaper in my home again is if I could remove it easily.

    P.S. That clock is to die for!

  • Reply Lily February 22, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Fun! I love getting this peek inside your space, Will! And that wallpaper is flipping adorable…love everything!

  • Reply Tina @Flying House February 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I wallpapered the last place we lived and spent about the same, so if you can do it and take it with you when you remove? Total bargain! I seriously want to try it! I wondered where the bicycle print is from? Copenhagen has turned us into total cycling enthusiasts!

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

      @Tina – A fab illustrator called Jayde A. Cardinalli. I have the 1st edition prints from the whole set – love them!

  • Reply rachie February 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Love the wallpaper – its so fab! And look at all your jamie oliver books. Basically your flat looks fab! So nice to see you last night!!! xx

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    @Rachie – Can’t beat Jamie! Fab to see you too xx

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Rosalilium February 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Removable wallpaper is a genius idea. My boyf would love it! Thanks for the inspiration Will!


  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely February 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    perfect Will, want wait to see more inside of your lovely home!

  • Reply Heather @ Beyond the Aisle February 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    I adore that clock/cabinet, Will! I’m going to check out those removable wallpapers right now…

  • Reply JEN RAMOS February 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I love that wallpaper…but i would use it for a kids room :))

  • Reply Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} February 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Its so cute, love the black/white graphic punch it adds to your space! And LOVE that it’s removable – how clever is that?! Oooh and I have the same colourful tray from Ikea on my bar cart in my dining room and the same Anthro mugs – I’m actually drinking my coffee from one with a big ‘K’ as I type πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • Reply Fi February 23, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Amazing pattern and what an ingenious idea – I need this in my life. Thanks for sharing. xx

  • Reply Elisabeth / Fine Little Day February 24, 2013 at 9:14 am

    What an honor to see Gran at your place Will. Looks all very nice :)!

  • Reply Becca c February 25, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Where is the bicycle picture from?

  • Reply emily February 25, 2013 at 1:41 am

    Where can i buy the picture of the dog in the bicycle basket?

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar February 25, 2013 at 9:37 am

      @Emily, Becca – It’s by an illustrator called Jayde A. Cardinalli.

  • Reply Sonia February 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    does self-adhesive mean stick on peel off? cuz thats all i could find for options on the site? for the wallpaper..let me know if u can thanks

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