Renter-Friendly Decorating Projects

Part of the fun of moving into a new space is the ability to make it your own. There are many ways to add a personal touch to a rental, without jeopardizing the security deposit. Here are some decorating ideas that’ll make renters and landlords happy.

Washi Tape

washi tape for decorating a rental

This versatile tape can be used in a plethora of DIY projects. Washi tape is a Japanese product similar to masking tape. It is made with fewer chemicals and is traditionally comprised of rice or bamboo. The tape can be removed easily and can be used to decorate walls, furniture, and just about anything that you can imagine. It’s a great alternative to repainting a wall. Plus, there is a variety of patterns and colors to choose from, so you can find the perfect design for your abode. Be sure to test a small area that you plan to decorate first to make sure that it can easily come off of the surface.

Creative Storage

Small spaces can seem even smaller without an adequate amount of storage. If there isn’t much built-in storage, then use space-saving solutions that don’t require installing permanent or semi-permanent structures. A bookcase can be used to great effect, as can sideboards, and under-the-bed storage units. Look for pieces that have some aesthetic appeal and can be used for multiple purposes.

Our top pick is a sleek sideboard, like this one from Ikea. You can add baskets to maximize storage potential, and it is more modern and stylish than a plastic storage bin.

photo of the interior of an apartment

Area Rugs

Flooring in rentals get dated, worn, and stained pretty easily over the years. Give any room a fresh look by using area rugs.  They add color and comfort to any room in the house. As an added bonus, they help prevent some of the wear-and-tear caused by pets. If you’re putting down a rug on top of a slick surface, like hardwood or tile, don’t forget to pick up some non-slip rug pads.

Indoor Gardens

Can’t have a dog or cat? Try a low-maintenance houseplant instead! (Okay, we realize that it’s not an exact substitute.) Add some life with an herb garden or terrarium.  Not sure what plants work well indoors? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Succulents, like aloe
  • Christmas cactus
  • Spider plants
  • English Ivy
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