Love to decorate your walls but your landlord won’t allow you to paint them? I found that artist’s chalks work great for temporary chalk art!
Don’t be put off by the warning not to use them on regular chalkboards; that’s just because the colors won’t wipe off with a standard board eraser. When it comes time to move on, they come off just fine with ordinary spray cleanser.
Cleaning tip: position your cleaning-rag under the design before spraying it, because the pigments will come flooding down — but they will come off entirely.
I accented an arched kitchen doorway with a chalk vine (you can probably draw better!) and pumped it up by hanging some fake grapes bought at a dollar-store.
Design tip: If you want to do a ceiling border, you can keep it even all around by shoving a book the size of the space you want against the ceiling and marking the lower edge with dots of chalk that you can erase later or incorporate into the design. Holding the book horizontally or vertically doesn’t matter, so long as it has the right measure and you keep it consistent.
Of course, with chalk art, you will have to make designs near the roof, or in other hard-to-reach areas, so that they won’t smudge from contact with everyday life. But even with that restriction, temporary chalk murals can still set your place apart.
What are your favorite temporary rental decorating hacks?