There have been times when I wanted to wait until the perfect time to start — or finish — decorating a room. Perfect time meaning living in my dream house AND tons of money to spend on what I want. Unfortunately I haven’t stumbled upon the perfect time OR that pile of money. So I just jumped right in and started decorating our rental using things we already had, a little creativity, and DIY-ing everything from art to tea towels. Part of making my home beautiful, purposeful and functional is being conscious of the fact that we rent.
Not everyone can knock down or paint walls.
So this is for you. 33 ideas to decorate your rental — on a budget.
Let’s get right to it.
1. Removable fabric wallpaper is pretty ingenious. And the options are endless – via The Pretty Life Anonymous
2. Hang a curtain rod with a command hook. Super easy and no holes! via Just Imagine
3. A great idea to fill up those giant blank walls — use wooden dowels and wallpaper to make wall hangings. via NinjaDiva
4. Use washi (or duct!) tape to add interest to a boring wall. Try diamonds, diagonals or stripes. via photobucket – jkomenda
5. A good way to make an impact is using plates. I love these spray painted plates! Do all one color or taste the rainbow! via Indulgy
6. Use inexpensive electrical tape to mimic arcitectural details on a plain door. via Habitually Chic
7. Tape just not your thing? Try ribbon and thumbtacks for a feature wall. via Remodelaholic
8. Use a dresser as a media console. Not only can you customize the color — but you get a ton of storage. via Home for Now
9. No pantry? Get creative and use a bookshelf to store your goods. via Pinterest
10. Don’t want to invest a ton in a rug that may or may not fit your next home? Make your own floor covering using a tablecloth! — via Design Share
11. No headboard, no problem. Try these vinyl headboards that come off as easy as they go on. — via Trend Hunter
12. Looking for a way to disguise that ugly appliance? Try adding bead board. Use double sided carpet tape or velcro command strips — via Savings 4 Six
13. A hung collection acts as an arrow and draws any attention away from the not so perfect details of your space — via Pinterest
14. Can’t get rid of those hideous vertical blinds? Use the track and add custom curtains — via berni and i
15. If you can’t paint your rental walls, try this DIY Arched Bookshelves using $50 IKEA bookcases and MDF board. Paint the back of the bookcase for a pop of color to your room — via Little Green Notebook
16. Take the doors off of the kitchen cabinets for a more open look. Also check out the framed prints as a back splash — via urbanedgeny
Got an empty or non-working fireplace? Try a faux log insert. It’s cheap and super chic –via Pepper Design Blog
17. Want to hang something without leaving any holes? Try using painters tape, then double stick paint to hang light weight posters and such without risking peeling paint — via Picnics Under the Moon
18. Sometimes ugly laundry rooms can’t be helped, but try hanging a piece of fabric behind the washer and dryer to hide ugly outlets. Genius! — via Go Haus Go
19. Wallpaper can be quite the investment. Maybe more than you’d want to spend in a rental. So try wrapping paper and double sided tape! — via A Thoughtful Place
20. I melted from excitement with this one. Painted contact paper wall stripes. Temporary and MAGNIFICENT! — via City Farmhouse
21.Make over a blah medicine cabinet with a little decorative paper and creative repurposed storage containers — via BHG
22. Try a beautiful piece of fabric underneath a sheet of plexiglass for a gorgeous and temporary backsplash — via Apartment Therapy
23. This simple DIY oversized art is a great way to fill a large wall — via the handmade home
24. Make some amazing (and temporary) frames with washi tape to add some personality — via The House That Lars Built
25. This is a great space saving solution that is also pretty stylish — via A Bulls Eye View
26. Sometimes a great low cost headboard is actually two rubber mats — via flikr/karapaslay
27. Sometimes rentals lack outside space. This is a perfect solution to plant those herbs inside — via A Bulls Eye View
28. Got a wall full of switches, thermostats and other eyesores? A floor to ceiling photo wall is the answer — via unknown source
29. Window treatments can get pricey. That’s why this DIY faux roman shade is a winner — via Southern in the City
30. Boring walls plauge rentals everywhere. Try this easy washi tape deacal wall idea — via Maiko Nagao
31. Got an old hand me down table waiting for new life? Paint it a bold color to inject some life into your space — via Impatiently Praying for Patience
32. Use picture frames and drawer knobs to hang light weight items that you use often — via A Bullseye View
33. Another idea for those boring walls. DIY gold triangle accent wall — via Upcycled Treasures
So what do you think? Would you try any of these ideas? Got some ideas of your own? Let me hear them!
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