The first thing we did before moving into this space was to paint it out in Benjamin Moore, Cloud White. I'm not a fan of "builder beige" and I felt that the money spent in painting was well worth it considering that we expected to rent for a minimum of 5 years. The other thing I did was wallpaper the master bedroom wall behind the bed. Yes, it was a splurge, but I felt that given the simplicity of the rest of the bedroom the wall needed some decoration. As an alternative, you could panel a large canvas with wallpaper for a similar effect that you could move to your next residence.
I can't wait to see what is in store for The Cross. I love stepping through those doors of the shop, and to be transported to a magical place! Thanks for bringing such beauty to Vancouver!