Decor for Renters: 14 Tips that Good DIY-ers Use

Decor for renters is a tricky thing when you love making a style statement but can’t do big improvements.

But, whether you’re a renter or a decor commitment-phobe, there are lots of ways to level up your space that won’t leave a permanent mark on it.

Check out our list of the most stunning ways to transform a room with ideas let you change things up as soon as you change your mind!


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  1. Removable wallpaper from Walls Need Love click here to go see the range
    Peel and stick wallpaper is a thing and it’s having a major moment in terms of decor for renters.
  2. Take a look online and you’ll find a huge range of stunning adhesive designs ready to adorn your walls at a moment’s notice.

    We particularly like the modern palettes you’ll find from Walls Need Love.

    Even non-renters will be swayed by the sheer convenience of this fuss-free transformation.

    No more spilled paint or messy wallpaper paste to worry about. Then when you move on, carefully remove to leave the walls as they were before.

    Adhesive wallpapers come in a range of sizes for different uses and as long as you follow the removal instructions and go slowly, they won’t cause damage.

    You can have a decorative feature wall in the space of an afternoon, and not risk your security deposit  – the answer to every renter’s prayers!

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  3. Command Hooks from Amazon click here to see more
    Every renter knows the dilemma of whether to live with depressing, bare walls or risk the harm that comes when you let loose with a hammer and nails.
  4. Thank goodness for Command Hooks! These trusty workhorses can hang everything from mirrors to string lights, towels, coats, picture frames of all sizes – and just about anything else you can think of inside or outdoors.

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    Here are some of the more unique Command Hook solutions we recommend

    Command Spring Clips

    Command Spring Clips

    Command Ceiling Hooks

    Command Ceiling Hooks

    Command Mirror Organizer

    Command Mirror Organizer

    Command Dry Erase Message Center with Key Hooks

    Command Dry Erase Message Center with Key Hooks

  5. Floating corner shelves from kenVersus click here to get the tutorial
    An issue that so many renters face is a lack of storage space where you need it.If you don’t want to start drilling holes all over the place (we don’t blame you), then shelves without nails will be your holy grail.

    Floating shelves look good but also provide much-needed storage space, so they’re a practical addition to any rental.

    Unfortunately, there’s still no foolproof way to fix load-bearing shelves without nails, but you’ll definitely want to check out this corner shelf tutorial to display lighter items which use Ikea Lack shelves (but could work with any corner floating shelves.)

    If you don’t like this tutorial, these Command ledges are also worth a look.

    Command Picture Ledge

    Command Picture Ledge

    We think they’d be ideal for a kitchen spice rack – freeing up valuable cupboard space in the process.

  6. Patterned floor rug from Rugs USA click here to see the range
    Ugly or worn carpet is never a good look but even in a rental, you don’t have to live with it.Invest in some large rugs to cover the floor.

    My pro tip is that if you’re going for a busy or complicated rug design, then keep the rest of your decor relatively simple (often not an issue if you’re in a rental). You could pick out one or two colors from the rug to use in other accessories like vases or wall art.

    Copper photo frame

    Umbra Copper Photo Frame

    We really dig this stylish frame in on-trend copper
    Faux plants for decorating

    Faux Plant Set

    These pretty fake plants let you create a natural paradise without the upkeep of the real thing
    Cast Iron Jack Ornament Sculpture

    Cast Iron Jack Ornament

    A decorative sculpture like this will finish off a look perfectly, place on a coffee table or on top of a small stack of books
    Rustic Fall vases

    Rustic Multi-Color Vases

    This set of pretty vases is the perfect fall color combo

    There are plenty of places to buy inexpensive and large rugs, two of our favorites being Rugs USA (who offer 30-day returns) and Overstock.

    If you’re using the rug in a high-traffic area, get a woven design, instead of a printed one that will wear out faster.

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  8. Removable polka dot wall decals from Amazon click here to see more
    If the peel and stick wallpaper we looked at sounds like too much hassle, then these wall decals might hold the answer for jazzing up a plain room.

    We can imagine them anywhere, but they’d look especially adorable in a child’s bedroom or nursery. The best thing about a design like this is they don’t have to look super neat, and if you put one in the wrong place, simply peel off and start again. – Easy!

  9. Gold Wall Decal Dots

    Gold Wall Decal Dots

  10. Wall tapestries from Tina Carroll via Etsy click here to see more
    Boho wall tapestries aren’t just for dorm rooms, they’re a great way to accent a wall or create an interesting focal point in a large space.
  11. Best of all, being so lightweight, you can hang them using just thumbtacks, (or Command Hooks), so there’s no need to stress about wrecking your walls.

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  12. Tile decals from Stick Pretty via Etsy click here to see the range
    Introduce some character to plain tiles with some removable sticker decals.There’s a huge range of designs online, they’re easy to apply and are a super affordable way to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom.

    Remember to take your time with the application and thoroughly clean your tiles first, removing any dirt or grease so they have a clean surface to stick to.

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