6 Ways to Decorate Your Rental—Without Losing the Deposit
Your landlord won't let you paint or hang heavy artwork, so instead try one of these renter-friendly ways to add a personal touch to your space so it'll finally feel more like home.
Photo: Diane Henkler of InMyOwnStyle.com
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The Problem: Your Walls Are a Lively Shade of Blah
If you dream in paint chips and color wheels, but you're stuck with white or beige painted walls, you can incorporate color or pattern by painting the back of a bookshelf or a hutch—the taller, the better. Roll the color directly onto the furniture or use cardboard panels and paint
or wrap them in fabric
to insert in the back of the shelves. The upside of using cardboard is that it's temporary, so you can remove the inserts or create new ones to fit a different color scheme if, say, you don't renew the lease.