Question: We are planning to put our house on the market in the new year and our first major job has been to redecorate our childrens' bedroom after removing the chaotic display of photos and posters which have built up over the years. Although the room looks much tidier, it is rather bland now! How can we brighten up the walls without damaging them too much or spending a fortune?
Answer: There is a fine line between ‘tidying’ up one’s property in preparation for the sales market, and completely stripping out the character creating an uninviting, stark environment.
Ikea’s fabulous map, which is printed on canvas (200cm x 140cm), is big enough to decorate a whole wall with one fixing. And at £119 it won’t break the bank.
Also have a look at www.bagsoflove.co.uk who print SUPERSIZE photo canvases up to 1.5m wide and 6m long using one of your own images. Currently, if you buy two, you get one free.
And we adore the gorgeous wall stickers produced by Rocket St George. Have a look at the ‘Children at Play’ wall sticker (£98) which can come in virtually any colour and will not damage the walls when removed.
Another great source is ‘Supernice’ which offers some very quirky wall graphic stickers from hip LA label Blik. They are offering Homes & Property readers an exclusive 10% off the Nintendo range from 5-12 November 2009. Enter the promotional code "H&P04" at the check out.
The ‘Donkey Kong’ easy peel, easy stick, moveable and reuseable stickers (normal price: £65 per pack) will brighten up a huge area and again will not damage the walls.
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