20 Ways Renters Can Safely Decorate Their Homes

20 Ways Renters Can Safely Decorate Their Homes

If you're renting, you might be scared of personalizing your living space out of fear of damaging the walls or ground. But don't worry, we're here to provide you with 20 safe ways you can decorate your home so that it feels like your own.

1. Area Rugs

One easy way to brighten up any room and give it some personality is by throwing down a big area rug that speaks to you. There are so many different colours, sizes, and textures to choose from, so go for something that expresses the style and feeling you want!

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2. Removable Hooks and Strips

Just because you're renting doesn't mean you can't hang up art or photos! That's where handy dandy removable hooks and strips come into play. You don't have to worry about these damaging walls, so you can put up whatever decoration you want.

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3. Temporary Wallpaper

Do the walls of the house you're renting not match the style you're going for? With peel-and-stick wallpaper, these temporary decor pieces will allow you to redesign the room to fit what you like. There are tons of colors and patterns to choose from, and you don't have to worry about damaging the paint underneath.

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4. Modular Furniture

Buying modular furniture is a good option if you like changing up your room a lot. Made so that they can be easily reconfigured to fit into new spaces, this allows you to switch things up whenever you like.

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5. Light Fixtures

Never underestimate the difference changing out your light fixtures can make! You'll be surprised by how many trendy and stylish options there are out there. Just remember to keep the original fixtures around - you'll want them reinstalled if you ever plan on moving out.

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6. Window Treatments

Give your windows a bit of extra flair by changing the curtains or blinds to match the look of a room. It may seem like such a minor fix, but adding a new colour curtain or design can really change how the room feels.

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7. Peel-and-Stick Tiles

Similar to the wallpaper, if the floor tiles aren't to your liking, you can always rely on peel-and-stick tiles to give you a new look. Not only are they easy to install and remove, they're commitment free, meaning you can make changes whenever you want.

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8. Indoor Plants

Nothing like an indoor plant to bring some life and a pop of colour to your room! They're a great addition and centerpiece to any room, but the true test here is whether or not you're a skilled gardener - can you keep it alive?

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9. Floating Shelves

Floating shelves give a seamless touch to any wall, allowing you to decorate and display personal belongings of your choosing. Just make sure you pick one that has minimal wall damage!

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10. Decorative Throw Pillows and Blankets

Comfy, cozy, and adding a homey look to your couch or sofa, decorative throw pillow and blankets are a must-have for any designer. Not only do they add colour to your living space, these little additions are what makes a room feel like a home.

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11. Customized Storage Solutions

You can never have too much storage space, and if you really can't mount anything on the walls, look for other stylish options. Consider portable storage solutions like storage bins or baskets that you can buy in different colours or designs, giving you a fun way to organize your things.

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12. Switch Plate Covers

Here's a fun one you might've never considered. If you really just want a little pop of colour to your walls, have you considered customizing your switch plate covers? You can easily find stickers to put on top of them, giving you a little bit of creative freedom to change things up.

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13. Temporary Room Dividers

Whether you're using a room divider practically or just using it as decoration, you can't deny these stylish decor pieces look great in any room! You can definitely find one with a design or colour that matches the theme of your room.

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14. Change Cabinet Hardware

Sometimes, it's all in the little changes. If you can easily replace the hardware (knobs and such) on your kitchen or bathroom cabinets, it's one way to make the room feel a bit more like it's yours. It's a small and simple change, but it can have a massive effect.

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15. Portable Kitchen Islands

Need more kitchen space? If the room allows it, there's nothing like a portable kitchen island to really give you more counter space and storage. You can even double it as a dining area!

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16. Decorative Mirrors

Mirrors are a necessity in any home - after all, how can you give yourself a head to toe check before you step out of the house? But let's add a fun little twist to this practical item by finding mirrors with fun themes and colours that work as decor too. They're great stylish focal points!

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17. Personalize the Bathroom

The bathroom is a fun place for you to go wild and let out all your personality. The shower curtain, mats, and towels are all up to your creative mind! Go for fun colours, wacky designs, and vivid prints!

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18. Washi Tape Designs

Washi tape is a great temporary design tool that allows you to customize your walls or furniture without damaging them. These decorative tapes come in a wide variety of different colours, patterns, and designs, meaning you'll be able to find whatever you're looking for.

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19. Accent Furniture

Although a yellow couch might feel weird when you're buying it in the moment, accent furniture is an excellent way to make the room "pop." Side tables, ottomans, and chairs are all great accent pieces that can give your room a lot of character while still providing necessary functionality.

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20. DIY Art

Who needs to buy art when you can just create your own? Turn your wall into something entirely yours by getting into painting and crafts. Display your work proudly for everyone to see!

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