9 Temporary Options for Commitment-Phobes

Our homes are an extension of our identities. It’s where we relax, recharge, and entertain. It feels good to express your personality in your living space. But sometimes you just can’t go there. Maybe you’re in temporary digs, or don’t have the time or money for renovation. Or, maybe you’re not sure if the latest trend will last. Whether you’re just not ready to commit to change, or are renting or subletting, try one of these great temporary design options to make you feel at home regardless of the circumstances.

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  1. Make Any Space Home


    Sometimes it’s just not possible to make lasting changes to the place you live. But that doesn’t mean you can’t express your style. Concentrate your large investments on things you can use in multiple spaces, like rugs, artwork, and storage pieces. Then, consider some of these great temporary alternatives that can help you make wherever you’re living feel like home.


  2. Decorative Screens


    Define or divide your space without adding a wall. Decorative screens not only provide privacy and function, but add an element of design to your space as well. When your needs change, you can move them elsewhere, or fold them away for storage.


  3. Removable Wallpaper


    Tired of staring at the blank walls? Removable wallpaper might be the answer. It’s self-adhesive so it can be applied without glue and taken down without damaging the wall. It can even be rehung elsewhere again and again. There are countless designs to choose from, including custom options created from your own artwork.


  4. Wall Decals


    Create a beautiful accent in your home, no matter where you are, with wall decals. Made of vinyl, they are quick and easy to install, and totally removable. Inspire yourself with words, immerse yourself in a nature scene, or install a gallery of your own artwork.


  5. Window Film


    Window film is an amazing alternative to window treatments if you want to avoid installing curtain rods, valences, or blinds. Decorative and completely temporary, it can provide privacy, sun control, and energy savings.


  6. Plug-In Lighting


    Plug-in lighting gives you the opportunity to create a lighter, brighter space without the hassle of hiring an electrician. Whether you want a wall sconce or a chandelier, you can have it—and later take it to another room, or another home, if that’s what suits you.


  7. Instant Granite


    Wish you had granite countertops? You can have them in a matter of hours with instant granite film. Made of PVC, it can be installed on any smooth surface. Scissors, a ruler, a squeegee, and a pencil are all the tools you need to apply it. And it can be removed with the heat from a hairdryer. Now there’s no reason not to upgrade.


  8. Deck Tiles


    Deck tiles are your quick and easy solution to beautify an ugly outdoor space. Create a gorgeous deck instantly by just snapping them together. Available in several designs, materials, and finishes, you’re sure to find one to suit your style. Go ahead—send out the invite for your next outdoor party.


  9. Stainless Steel Film


    Transform tired appliances, or any other smooth surface, with faux stainless steel film. Unlike the real deal, it doesn’t show fingerprints, and it cleans up with warm water. Installation is DIY friendly, and when the next trend comes along, just remove it with the heat of a hairdryer and prepare for your next makeover.


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