Temporary Decor for Your Rental Home
When you rent a home, your landlord will likely restrict what you can personalize. Oftentimes, painting and putting nails in walls are prohibited. And breaking the rules can reduce the refund you might expect from your security deposit when it’s time to move out.
But that doesn’t mean you have to be surrounded by bleak white walls. To enhance the empty canvas, there are many ways to mark your territory without making it permanent.
Here are a few tips to perk up your temporary home.
U.S. News & World Report offers some unique ways to add a pop of color to those eggshell walls.
- Removable Wallpaper: Your personality isn’t one size fits all, and your walls shouldn’t be, either. Break the mold and look into removable wallpaper that comes in diverse colors and patterns. Removable wallpaper is so versatile that if you really wanted to, you could change with the seasons. Obviously, this is a much simpler choice than painting your walls because it peels off of your walls when you’re done with it without leaving a trace. Removable wallpaper has adhesive similar to that of a sticky note. So, when move-out date comes around, you can take it down.
- Wall Decal: Removable wall stickers give another option to transform your space from bleak to chic without the worry. These decals, too, come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and themes. They will not stick permanently like normal stickers you might have collected when you were a kid. They’re formulated to be removed easily and be reused.
- Photo Gallery: Feel at home by filling your walls with fond memories and people you love. And you can do it without leaving nail holes in the walls by hanging frames with removable hangers. These hangers have an adhesive back that sticks to the walls and they come with directions for damage-free removal, allowing you to put up your pictures and then take them down without leaving a mark.
- Mirrors: Following the same process as hanging pictures, you can hang mirrors on your walls to make your room feel larger by creating dimension with a touch of design. Many removable hangers come with a weight limit, so make sure the hangers you buy can withstand the weight of your mirror.
If you don’t want to tackle the walls, there are other alternatives to making your space feel like home, says Apartment Therapy. The site has compiled a list of smaller opportunities to add personal touches to your home.
- Shelf Paper: Shelf paper is a stylish way to add unique touches to the insides of your drawers, your shelves and even your windows.
- Removable Carpet Tile and Wood Floors: Did your apartment come with less-than-appealing laminate tiles on the floor? Carpet tiles or wood floor tiles can be purchased by the square inch to cover up the existing floors and give your rental a cozier feel. The tiles snap together, so the original floor shouldn’t be damaged when you install or remove them.
- Fabrics: Adding different textures to your rental can give it a warmer feel. Curtains and throw pillow can add both color and comfort.
Even as a rental, that space is still your home. By choosing easily reversible decor, you can perk up your place while sticking to your landlord’s rules.