You've finally moved in. You've unpacked all the boxes. The clothes are hung in the closet, silverware is put away in the kitchen, and the toiletries are all put away in the bathroom.
The move felt like it took forever. You didn't think you'd ever finish packing boxes, much less unpack them.
But your hard work has paid off, and you're finally in your new place.
Time to start decorating!
You get out your hammer and nails, ready the paintbrushes, and you're ready to get messy and make the place you're own.
But, right before you take the first swing of the hammer, you remember...
It's a rental.
Your landlord doesn't want you putting holes in the wall, let alone painting them. So what now?
Here are 10 ideas that will let you add your own flavor to your rental without violating your lease.
1. Tape Frames
If you haven't already, you're going to fall in love with washi tape.
Washi tape can be used for a variety of things, including DIY projects, arts and crafts, and home decor.
In this instance, we're going to use them to make frames for your pictures.
There's a good chance you have a lot of pictures and posters you want to hang up, but you can't nail or screw anything into the walls.
That's where the washi tape comes in.
You can hang your pictures without frames, but it doesn't look finished.
Use the washi tape to frame your photos.
Get creative, the only limit to the frames you create is your imagination.
2. Tape Accent Wall
We're going to use the washi tape again. If you liked framing your pictures with it, you're going to love this.
We'll use the tape to create an entire accent wall.
Since you can't put up wallpaper or paint, you can design your own accent wall with the washi tape. This works especially well for kids rooms.
It's best if you plan out your idea on a piece of paper first and then transfer it to your wall.
But if you're the type that likes to work on instinct, go crazy putting that tape on the wall.
If you don't like the design, want to change it, or when it's time to move out, the tape peels off easily without leaving any residue behind.
Again, the only limitations here are your imagination.
3. Removable Chalkboard/Whiteboard Decals
Perfect for the home office or a children's room.
You won't be able to hang up that bulky chalkboard in your kid's room, and you definitely can't paint the walls with chalkboard paint.
But you can buy some simple chalkboard decals and put them on your walls.
Your kids will love them, and you'll let their creativity flow as they draw and write to their heart's content.
Also, if you have a home office, there are whiteboard stickers you can get that work the same way.
Now that spare room in your rental can feel like an actual home office.
4. Headboard Decal
Depending on the type of headboard you have, especially if you have to mount it to the wall, it might not make it with you to your new place.
Many headboards will require you to mount them to the wall, which won't be an option in your new rental.
However, there is a workaround.
It's not the same as having an actual headboard, but it's a great workaround that will give the same look and feel that an actual headboard would.
You can find an abundance of styles and colors of premade headboard decals online. Alternatively, if you're feeling extra crafty, you can get out your washi wall tape and design your own.
5. Bi-Fold Screen
Bi and Tri-Fold screens can add a pop of style and color, as well as add a little privacy to a small space.
You've probably seen them in movies before; they're the screens people hide behind to change their clothes.
You can use them for that reason, or you can use them to add some style to your rental.
Use them to add a little bit of pop to a boring white wall.
If you don't want to use a headboard decal as we talked about above, you can use a bi-fold screen as a headboard as well.
6. Frame Your Mirror
Do you wish you had a way to spruce up your boring bathroom mirror?
I've got good news for you. We can add a simple frame to make it really stand out.
It's a bit of a DIY project, but if done correctly it'll frame your mirror and change the entire feel of your bathroom.
All you'll need to do is head to your favorite hardware store to pick up some trim or molding and double-sided tape.
First, you'll need to get the frame put together. Then you apply the double-sided tape, and mount it to the mirror, and voila.
You've got yourself a temporary mirror frame that looks like a million bucks.
7. Clothespin And String For Pictures
This is an easy way to hang up all of your pictures with little to no damage to the walls.
You'll need some string or ribbon and some good old-fashioned clothespins.
You'll stretch the string or ribbon out to your desired length, and then attach it to the wall with, you guessed it, your washi tape.
If you don't have any washi tape, there are plenty of other ways to attach the ribbon to the wall without damaging it.
Once your ribbon is attached, you'll grab your pictures and your clothespins and get to work.
Simply use the clothespin to attach the picture to the ribbon, and you're done.
This will also make packing up your pictures a lot easier if and when you decide to move.
8. Throws And Pillows
Perhaps the easiest and quickest way to add some color and style to your room is with throws and throw pillows.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of design and colors you can choose from, making it easy to fit them into your style.
With the right throw pillows and blankets, you'll forget all about that boring white wall in your living room.
You love your new rental home, but maybe you're not a fan of the flooring.
Perhaps the carpet looks like it's straight out of an Austin Powers movie, or maybe the hardwood floor is so scratched up you'd swear lions were living in it before you.
Unfortunately, you can't rip up the floors and start over, but you can throw down a rug.
The perfect rug is probably the most underused and underappreciated way to decorate any room.
Just like the throw pillows, a rug can add some extra style and flare to the room without breaking the budget or upsetting your landlord.
10. Potted Plants
This one is for the nature lovers and health nuts.
Potted plants can add a kick of style to any room while making your rental a little healthier in the process.
There are several houseplants you can buy that will purify the air inside your home.
And for the nature lovers stuck in an apartment in the big city, you can bring nature to you with an assortment of houseplants.
When it's time to move out, you can take them all with you when you go.
There you have it. These are 10 ways you can add your own style to your rental without voiding your lease and angering your landlord.
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