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5 Renter-Friendly Decor Ideas

There are a few storage handy hints on this list, too!

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela and Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photo)

If you've been a renter for a long time, you're probably familiar with the limitations of your landlord when it comes to renovating and redecorating your space. It can be frustrating at times, but that doesn't mean you should give up—believe it or not, you can enjoy decorating your home and still get your deposit back! Here are some ideas you can try: 

1. Utilize tall shelves 

If you live in a rental, there's one thing you need most—extra storage. To have spare room for your belongings without having to renovate anything, try utilizing tall shelves. You can use it in the kitchen as a makeshift pantry, in the living area to display your books, or in your bedroom to organize your shoes. 

RL Tip: Tall shelves can also be used as dividers if you want to separate spaces. It's especially useful for open layout homes where the dining and living areas share one open space.

2. Line cabinets with printed contact paper

This may sound tedious and time-consuming, but it is a must-do. Not only will it add a pop of color to your cabinets, it will also mask old stains and prevent dirt from building up inside. Pick patterns that match the rest of your decor, too—for example, if you're going for a shabby chic vibe, try floral designs. 

3. Accessorize with throws

Rental homes have a tendency to look drab and lifeless. Keep your home from having a clinical vibe by adding thick and warm blankets in different areas—choose designs that contrast your decor to make your cozy touches stand out. 

READ: 5 Ways To Decorate With Throws 

4. Add color with washi tape

When it comes to rentals, it's very rare that your landlord will let you paint your walls. No need to worry, you can still experiment with color through washi tape! Stick down different prints and patterns wherever you like! The best part? If you decide to remove it, it will come right off without ruining the existing paint. 

READ: Washi Tape Decorating Ideas

5. Decorate with plants 

No garden? No problem. Potted plants are a great way to breathe life into a space where you can't change a lot of things and you don't have to think about leaving any of them behind in case you unexpectedly move homes. 

PHOTOS: Vincent Coscolluela and Michael Angelo Chua (Main) | Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions

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