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Aug 22, 2014

10 best decorating ideas for renters

By: Jennifer Melo

10 best decorating ideas for renters Author: Style At Home

Design Lesson
Aug 22, 2014

10 best decorating ideas for renters

By: Jennifer Melo

Sure, you want to personalize your rented living space but you don’t want to run the risk of damaging walls, flooring, countertops or other permanent fixtures. With inspiration and creativity, you’ll find there are plenty of stylish ways to make your space your own and keep every cent of your security deposit.

When planning to decorate your rented home, avoid making permanent changes and choose temporary style fixes that can easily be removed. Go ahead and invest in things you love but make sure that when you’re ready to make your next move, those items can easily move with you or be taken down without leaving a trace. The following 10 home decorating items make it simple to put your personal stamp on your living space, no long-term commitment required.

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10 best decorating ideas for renters

Temporary wallpaper

This isn’t your grandma’s country floral wallpaper. Today’s wallpaper designs run the gamut from uber chic graphic prints and modern waves to regal damasks that add instant glamour. Plenty of stylish options allow you creative freedom to choose the prints, patterns and textures you love. Look for self-adhesive, strippable wallpaper for easy removal when needed. Temporary wallpaper, tempaperdesigns.com, $98 (per double roll)

By: Jennifer Melo Source: www.tempaperdesigns.com Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Smart tiles

Ugly backsplash begone! Peel-and-stick tile sheets allow you to get a designer look without the commitment of permanent tiles. Humidity- and heat-resistant, you can use them in the kitchen or bathroom and place them over existing tile. Your landlord can rest easy knowing they’re removable, too. Murano Metalik, www.thesmarttiles.com, $7.50 (per 9.1 x 10.3” tile)

By: Jennifer Melo Source: www.thesmarttiles.com Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Floor tiles

Dated, peeling, ugly linoleum floors needn’t see the light of day. Cover that nasty stuff with floor tiles and add a significant style boost to your decor. Lacebark Flor carpet design tiles in Pearl, www.flor.com, $14/square ($5.21/square foot).  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: www.flor.com Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Window films

Get privacy with a touch of “pretty” and let the sun shine in with semi-transparent, designer window films. They stick to the pane and painlessly peel off when you’re ready for removal. No nails, no glue, no fuss. Just effortless style. Otto Window Film, www.emmajeffswindowfilm.com, $108/ 94 cm x 132 cm (37" x 52").  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: www.emmajeffswindowfilm.com Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Wall decals

Boasting instant style with super easy removal, decorative wall decals can really make a statement with no commitment required. Consider your fabrics and accent pieces and then choose a pattern that defines the mood you’d like to create in your room. Cherry blossom decal, Pottery Barn Kids, $174.  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: Pottery Barn Kids Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Floor-length mirror

Brighten up your space and reflect light with a floor-length mirror that takes advantage of vertical space. Invest in a piece that’ll look great in any space and keep it for the long haul. Floating wood floor mirror, West Elm, $339.  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: West Elm Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Bookshelves

Painting or wallpapering the shelf backs of your bookshelves is a fun way to add colour and/or pattern to your living space. It’s a budget-friendly DIY project that demands just a little skill with a paintbrush. But if store-bought is more your style, buy a colourful bookcase to inject your favourite hue into your room. Toscana tall bookcase in sky blue, Pier 1 Imports, $240.  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: Pier 1 Imports Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Decorative tape (Washi)

Inexpensive and easily removed when needed, decorative tape is a versatile tool for home decorators. Use it to add details to furniture or create optical illusions on your walls to mimic the look of chair rails, wainscoting or even a pretty trellis pattern. Black and white pattern Washi tape, www.wishywashi.com, $2 - $5 (per roll).  

By: Jennifer Melo Source: www.wishywashi.com Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Curtains

Luxurious drapes can make a big impact on your decor. Renters can pack up their curtains and move them from place to place so invest wisely and you could have a life-long love affair with your window coverings. Belgian Textured Linen Drapery, Restoration Hardware, $86 - $510.

By: Jennifer Melo Source: Restoration Hardware Credits: Style at Home

10 best decorating ideas for renters

Home accents and accessories

Easy to interchange when you want to freshen up your decor, home accents are the finishing touches to every home decorating project. Peruse your favourite home decor store and choose cushions, wall art and tabletop accessories that unify your colour scheme or theme and you’re done. Recife collection, Bouclair, $8 to $25.

By: Jennifer Melo Source: Bouclair Credits: Style at Home
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