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13 Tips For Damage-Free Apartment Decorating

In an apartment, it can be tough to decorate without losing your damage deposit in the process. Fear not - there are still ways to personalize your living area without wrecking the walls or floors. Transform your rented space into a home by using these tips to personalize your apartment without forfeiting your security deposit:


Create a flower wall with washi tape


📷 Viktoria Dahlberg


Fake flowers are inexpensive, and so is the tape used to secure them. This DIY method will make white walls look like a floral masterpiece. Washi tape is a safe way to attach lightweight objects to your walls without stripping the paint underneath.


Invest in Command strips/hooks.


These tough adhesives allow you to hang pictures and portraits without making holes in the walls. It will save you from patching the damage that results from nails. Check the weight restrictions on the product label to check if your decoration can be hung by these adhesives.


Buy an area rug


📷 Ruggable


Leave those walls alone, and turn your attention to the floors. Rugs can be a great way to divide a room or add interest to a plain space. They can be an eye-catching centerpiece or complementary addition to any room. Better yet, they can cover any stains or imperfections on the floor from previous tenants. We recommend rugs from Ruggable as they are machine-washable and easy to swap out when you want to try a new look!


Paint the walls


📷 Ashley Rose


As long as your landlord is permitting, you can apply a new coat of paint to your ordinary walls. Selecting the right colour is important; look at 2020 paint trends to pick a shade that is current and trendy. The colour of your walls affects the overall impression that your apartment emits - blue walls can create a calming atmosphere, while red ones inspire energy and action. If your lease forbids you from painting the walls, see the next suggestion.


Apply (temporary) wallpaper


📷 Katie Woods


Change the look of your plain white walls without using paint by buying temporary wallpaper. It’s a bit of a hassle to put up, but couldn’t be easier to remove - simply peel the corner to take it down. Wallpapering is a dramatic way to transform your space. They come in all varieties of colours and designs, so you can find a pattern that speaks to your interests.


Lean decorations against the wall


📷 Heena


No screws, no nails - no problem. Rather than putting holes in your walls, simply lean items against them to display decorations. Full-length mirrors, portraits, and signs can be leaned up against walls to add personal flair without inflicting damage.


Buy new curtains


📷 Kasia Bedzinska


Fresh fabric will add liveliness to your windows - or, you can use curtains to act as room dividers. Sheer fabric allows light to enter a room, while textured linens will make a bold statement. You can suspend them using tension rods, which won’t damage the walls as screws and nails do.


Purchase vinyl decals


Wall stickers may conjure up images of children’s rooms, but this doesn’t have to be the case - there are sophisticated decals that will add a personal touch to your rented living space. From flowers to lace, vinyl decals are offered in a variety of styles, so you can find a design that matches your other decorations.


Display art using an easel


Portraits don’t have to be hung by a nail - they can be tastefully showcased on an artist’s easel. It’s a rustic look that shows off decorations without giving up your security deposit.


Add a folding screen


Create a new corner by separating your space with room dividers. Folding screens come in many designs and colours, so you can select a subtle wooden screen or an eye-catching print.


Soften your space with string lights


📷 Tatiana, Hanna


You don’t have to change lighting fixtures to alter the luminosity of your living space. Warm, glowing light will create a cozy, homey vibe in your apartment.


Purchase throw pillows and blankets


📷 zosiamamet


Not only are they comfortable, but they’re stylish, too. Pillows and blankets can be great accent pieces in a living room or bedroom.


Buy fake plants


📷 Target


Low maintenance and high style, faux plants add a green element to any room. Cacti, leafy greens, and blooming flowers - fake plants are a fashionable and affordable way to decorate your space.


While sprucing up a new space can be exciting, what isn’t is the idea of having to forfeit your security deposit. These damage-free decorating solutions will allow you to customize your apartment and keep the walls intact while you do it. If you want to visualize furniture and decor items from your favorite brands like Wayfair and Overstock in your real home, try DecorMatters, a free interior design app!



Authors Bio:

Catherine Holland is a writer based in Canada. She writes articles with a focus on decor and home improvement for a variety of businesses. Some of her favourite pieces can be found on the Globe Property Management website.


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