Despite what many interior design influencers would have you believe, refreshing the look of your home doesn’t have to involve major renovation projects, replacing furniture or repainting entire walls.

Often, what you put on your walls makes the biggest difference when adding character to your space.

You don’t have to limit yourself to posters and photographs either – there is a huge array of wall decor and hangings that can add personality to plain walls.

Even as a renter, there are ways to get decorations up with zero damage, and if you have a flexible landlord, it’s even easier to engineer a more lived-in feel.

Our testers searched high and low for a variety of wall hangings that would suit all types of people. Whether you’re looking to simply add an accent, soften up a room, or even make a big impression with a work of art, we’ve chosen pieces that have personality and make a statement.

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Most pieces can be hung up using Command hooks, which are popular among renters as they can be safely removed without leaving a mark or damaging the wall, and depending on which type of hook is used, can hold a decent amount of weight.

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Arhoj pearl set, bright rainbow

This set of colourful “pearls” by Copenhagen-based design studio Studio Arhoj was a favourite among our testers. You can choose from a number of colour themes or combinations and each ceramic globe has a unique glaze. The experts at Studio Arhoj originally designed the pearls as testing vehicles for new glaze colours and formulations, but found they looked exquisite enough to be ornaments.

The set comes with nine pearls, a detailed instruction guide for hanging and 10 nails. The guide helps you to space pearls out evenly and is simple to use. If you’re lucky enough to be able to put nails in the walls, hammer away. If not, our testers found that using Command’s medium wire hooks is an effective way to install the pearls, as each one weighs just 34g and the hooks hold up to 900g as long as they are properly applied.

The verdict: Wall hangings

We love the Studio Arhoj pearl set, which is loads of fun to play around with as you can rearrange each pearl until you find a composition you like. If making a major statement is what you’re after though, the majesty blanket by Studio Coverdale is an expensive, but highly worthwhile investment – and it’s a multitasker. For a more minimalist touch, Made’s wall sculpture collaboration with Tom Pigeon is value for money and super stylish to boot.

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