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4 Big Design Ideas for Renters

Try these easy ways to personalize a temporary living space


Many times renters have to deal with moving into a bland, blank slate of an apartment with very little room for décor changes. As much as you would love to paint and decorate away, there are a lot of limitations when you acquire a semi-temporary home. Sure, you might be able to paint wall or maybe add wallpaper but that can claw away at your hard-earned rental deposit.

Of course, you still want to be able to make your new place feel a lot like home. Try these ideas to add a personalized touch to your rented space.

Main photos from: Camille Styles and Street Scene.

Personalize your furniture

If you have a plain apartment filled with white walls and plain flooring, adding a bit of color would easily liven up the space. If painting isn’t an option, you can always add color to your furniture. Try painting a console or coffee table or reupholstering your sofa in a lively hue.

You may also cover your lampshades in fun patterns or consider adding a mix of patterned throws in the living area. Take time to research about different color schemes and see which ones match your mood, personality, and style. 

Photo from Pinterest.

Maximize rugs

Not only are rugs useful in segregating the areas in your home, they also add so much character to a space. You can make your living room, dining room, or bedroom more inviting and homey just by adding a carpet. If you really want to fill in that blank space, try layering rugs to add depth.

Photo from Camille Styles.

Mixing and matching rugs may feel a bit daunting but it’s actually really simple. You just have to make sure there’s a balance of patterns and plains and that the textures work well together. Even if you have simple furniture, layered carpets can go a long way and serve as the only décor piece in a room.

Photo from Street Scene.

Opt for removable wallpaper

If painting isn’t an option, surely wallpaper is also out of the picture. Luckily for dismayed renters out there, removable/ temporary wallpaper is already available in the market. Removable wallpaper is made with an adhesive that allows you to peel off the wallpaper with ease—and without making any damage to your walls.

Although this might be a little tricky to find, it’ll be incredibly worth it when you do. If you can’t spot removable wallpaper anywhere, extra-large washi tape can be an alternative. It’s easy to stick on and very easy to remove—plus you can customize the pattern that you want for your walls. 

Photo from Petite Lemon.

Invest in art

If you have a lot of plain, white space, filling it with furniture and décor can become a chore. To make it easier, opt for large pieces of art and accessories. One big framed artwork is enough to fill up a room with personality, so you don’t have to scour stores for pieces that you have to put together.

Big pieces make a room feel even bigger. If you’re trying to avoid drilling holes into your walls, you can simply lean your art pieces against a wall.

Photo from House & Home.

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