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If you’re renting a town home or apartment, the lease usually states the limits to what you can and can’t do to decorate your home. Some might say you’re not allowed to paint or drill holes in the wall, while others may say you can do what you want — as long as the place looks exactly like it did before you moved in. You know you want to decorate, but how do you effectively do so while staying within the guidelines of your lease? Here are a few ideas.

Get Removable Wallpaper

Some landlords allow you to paint your walls any color you choose, but the catch is you usually have to paint the walls back to the standard white or cream before you move out. Instead of going through the trouble of painting your home twice, you can use removable wallpaper in your home.

You may want to try Swag Paper, which has been seen on Refinery29, Redbook and HGTV. This amazing video showcases how easy it is to transform a boring white wall to something fancy you’ll want to admire. All you have to do is peel and stick!


If removable wallpaper requires too much do-it-yourself work, wall decals are a relatively easy and instant way to upgrade your rental from boring to bang! The removable wall decorations come in a variety of designs and patterns suitable for all tastes. You may also purchase 3D decals, which are an unexpected way to decorate your walls. Like this photo below, these butterflies look like they’re about to take flight right into the hallway!


Buy Washi Tape

And if removable wallpaper and wall decals require too much do-it-yourself work, you can use washi tape to brighten up almost any surface. Add it to tables, candles, clear glass jars or vases. Find a design you like and stick it everywhere!

Bar Cart

If you’re in a rental, chances are there aren’t enough places for you to store your belongings — especially your collection of wine and spirits. Instead of sticking them on a rack in a crowded closet, why not make your space a little more fun by displaying them on a bar cart? Try looking for one in stainless steel or a gold finish to accent the plain, white walls. The cart will definitely prove itself useful if you frequently entertain guests at home!


Change the Kitchen Hardware

Cabinet pulls and doorknobs in rental units are basic and boring. You can purchase your own with elaborate details to brighten up your space. Just make sure you keep the original pieces and switch them back before moving out.

You NEED to Accessorize

How many times do I have to say “boring, white walls”? Accessorize your home with everything under the sun… carpets, throw pillows and blankets, art, real or fake plants, statues… the list can go on. You can take a look at some luxurious ideas here.