Temporary Decorating Ideas Every Renter Should Know

published May 17, 2015
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Just because you’re only in your place for a year or two doesn’t mean you can’t make it a home. Because nothing is worse than feeling like a space isn’t really yours until you put your own personal spin on things. Put these temporary ideas to work in your current rental.

(Image credit: Megan Pflug)

Install a Mirror as a Backsplash

Megan Pflug redid this small kitchen, adding a reflective mirror above the counter. It’s affordable, and it really opens up the space, making it appear bigger than it really is.

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Add Pattern to Plain Tile

Morganours added a simple geometric pattern to the plain white tile in her kitchen. It added automatic personality. (The hanging copper bar for plants is also a really nice way to add an organic elements to the space.)

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)

Hang Fabric as Wallpaper

Our own talented Ashley Poskin shows you how to hang fabric on the wall, which can be easily stripped off when you are ready to move on. It’s a quick way to add temporary pattern and color to walls.

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Customize Stairs with Stenciled Panels

Cut wood to fit your staircase risers and then paint & stencil those instead of the actual steps. Remove just the panels when you move out. These were made by Melanie over at Paint & Pattern.

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Use Tension Rods

No need to drill holes in walls when these handy little devices exist. Either use them traditionally for curtains, or add pattern by way of a table skirt. Above, this bedroom from HGTV uses them to create a pseudo-canopy over the bed.

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Add Architectural Details

A salvaged door adds character, age, and texture in otherwise bland, neutral spaces. No need to hang it — just lean it against the wall.