Decorating rented space is a real challenge. Most landlords have rules about painting, holes in the wall and a host of other design challenges. Despite those limitations, you can have a truly fabulous space. Check out these genius apartment decorating ideas made for renters. They’re great for college life, too!
First impressions matter. Take the time to cultivate an appealing and welcoming entryway like this one.
via Jenna Sue Design
Add heavy-duty command hooks to the front entry for guests to hang their coats and bags.
via A Bowl Full of Lemons
Choose beautiful furniture that doubles as extra storage, like this big ottoman.
Speaking of double duty furniture, this all-weather table and chairs can be taken out to the patio when the weather’s nice and used in the office the rest of the time. Isn’t that smart?
via Nellie Bellie
Remove those ugly blinds and hang curtains using command hooks so you don’t add new holes to the walls. Lovely!
via The Happier Homemaker
Add splashes of color with potted plants. Succulents are easy to care for, but if you have a green thumb, try your hand at some gorgeous flowers.
If you’re lacking a headboard, a headboard decal (affiliate) offers the perfect solution! It creates a pretty design on the wall that’s easily removable and repositionable.
A decorative bi-fold or tri-fold screen also makes a lovely headboard without damaging the walls.
via Sanity Fair
Create your own temporary wallpaper with fabric and starch. This is a great idea for an accent wall!
via Fun Cheap or Free
Or purchase temporary wall paper to add some color and pattern to your fridge. A wallpapered fridge? Yes! It looks fabulous.
via Aunt Peaches
If you can’t paint the walls, paint your furniture instead to add pops of color wherever it’s needed. Aren’t these gold-dipped bar stools gorgeous?
via Honey Bear Lane
Add a bit of character to an unframed mirror… Use velcro strips and pretty trim to create your own frame that you can remove when you move to another place.
via Coop Crafts
Hang a curtain anywhere you’d like to divide the room. It offers privacy without a permanent change to the room design.
Use clothespins to hang pictures on ribbon or string. It minimizes the number of holes in the wall and will save you lots of filling in when you move.
via Her Campus
Hate the shelving in your apartment? Here’s an easy tip for hiding wire shelves.
via This Girl’s Life
When an expensive rug isn’t in the budget, make your own out of a much more affordable tablecloth and polyurethane.
Use fabric (such as throws, pillows, and rugs) to add layers and texture to floors and furniture.
via 702 Park Project
Use washi tape to create frames for photos.
via Design Sponge
Or add some color and whimsy to your kid’s room with a washi tape accent wall.
via While They Snooze
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