10 Affordable and Impactful Home Personalizing Tricks for Renters

10 Affordable and Impactful Home Personalizing Tricks for Renters
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    If you're an interior design fan and love expressing yourself through your décor, renting can be a huge challenge.

    You want your walls to talk and your space to represent your personal sense of style, but there are so many parameters.


Not only could some updates be off-limits per your lease, but you probably don’t want to spend a bunch of time or money on a place you likely won’t stay forever. But don’t fret, style-focused renters! There are some affordable yet impactful updates you can make so your rental feels totally personalized.

Here are a few.

  • 1) Hang a Wall Tapestry —

    The worst part about any rental unit is that it was made intentionally bland to appeal to the masses and to serve as a clean slate for new residents. That means square foot after square foot of blank white walls.

    While painting or excessive drilling isn’t an ideal solution, hanging large-scale wall tapestries on the wall can bring as much color, texture and personality without all the work. Plus, tapestries come in tons of styles to suit your desired vibes.

look for: wall murals for living room sectional sofa

  • 2) Use Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper —

    Another way to liven up the walls and bring a designer-inspired sensibility to the space is to use peel-and-stick wallpaper. This fast, easy and removable wallpaper solution peels off with ease when you’re done with it, so it’s perfect for any dorm or rental unit. And since it’s only temporary, you can go as big and bold as you want! No commitment required!

  • 3) Bring in Color with Plants —

    Plants are basically portable décor that don’t require any complex hanging or installation. If you’re not huge on all the planting, watering and tending, you can use faux plants to create a vibrant, jungle-inspired oasis with zero maintenance.

    We’re crazy about miniature faux succulents to bring in earthy, boho vibes without all the care and consideration. AKA, they won’t die when you go on vacation for two weeks. Set them on vintage ladders or ironing boards for a rustic option or use macramé hangers to keep it boho.

look for: live house plants live house tree

  • 4) Create No-Nail Wall Art —

    Hanging artwork, photographs, chalkboards and signs is one of the best ways to personalize a space, but you don’t want to leave your space full of nail holes or spend a ton of time drilling or hammering. But there are some easy ways to hang artwork without nails, like with adhesive hooks or using the picture rail molding that already exists in the room.

    You could also invest in some vinyl wall decals to create the look of a hand-painted mural without the paint or the labor. Or these adorable wooden wall hooks that are perfect for keys or your pups leash! These decals peel off in seconds with no damage left.

  • 5) Pepper in Framed Photos —

    Framed photographs of you with your friends and family do double-duty because they bring in a personalization factor while also adding a sense of décor. Stick to cute frames with easels on the backing so you can display your fave pics without nails. Place them on all the flat surfaces throughout your home, including side tables and the mantel.

look for: framed wall art framed plant wall art

  • 6) Pile on the Throw Pillows —

    Throw pillows are truly one of the stylish renter’s most powerful tools. They bring a layer of comfort, style and warmth to any piece of furniture, ensuring that your home feels welcoming and well-thought-out without you having to put in much effort at all. Plus, you can really personalize a place with cute and colorful throw pillows that send fun messages or feature unique shapes. There’s a pillow for every personality!

  • 7) Decorate with Vibrant Rugs —

    Rugs make a massive decorative impact and can be taken with you when your lease is up. You can bring in big color and fun textures through bold area rugs and then sprinkle in a few cute accent mini rugs and welcome mats at the doorway or in the kitchen and bathroom. Don’t forget the runner rugs, either! These long, stylish floor covers bring tons of personality to the hallway while also protecting the floors (and your security deposit).

look for: area rugs shag area rugs

  • 8) Grab a Fun Shower Curtain —

    Shower curtains, like rugs, can help you create a bold visual statement with very minimal work. And it doesn’t hurt that you can get super stylish ones for under $20! Just make sure you pair it with a liner (and replace the liner every few months) to keep it in great shape. Use your curtain as design inspiration for the rest of the room, drawing from it for a color scheme.

  • 9) Invest in Artful Furniture —

    This one’s for those advanced renters who can see themselves transitioning to a long-term place in the near future. (In other words, if you see yourself doing a lot more moving, stick to the IKEA stuff for a few more years).

    Bringing in some special pieces of hand-crafted furniture can really take your space from bland to stunning. Look for furniture with unique silhouettes or styles that are finished or upholstered in fun colors and textures.

look for: wall mount fireplace round back swivel chair

  • 10) Use Funky Bedding —

    While your main living spaces are probably the immediate focus of your design checklist, don’t neglect the bedroom! You can turn any boring sleeping quarters into a space that’s captivating, calm or romantic with a stylish comforter or quilt and some eye-catching toss pillows.

    Go for luxury and layers with your bedding. Remember, this is something you can take with you to your next place, so don’t grab the cheapest stuff you can find.

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Experiment and Express Yourself

Think of your rental homes as trial runs for the future when you will, most likely, settle down someplace for the long-term. Your apartment or rental house should be a place of self-expression and experimentation, where you try out different colors, textures and design schemes until you find one that suits you. Nailing down your preferred design style is a lifelong endeavor, so don’t get stressed if your place doesn’t look exactly how you want it to in the first week of living there.

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