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Unique Ways to Decorate Your Rental Walls



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Walls are VITAL to decorate when styling your rental home. The design of your walls can make or break a space, instantly.


If your walls are empty, your home can feel bare and empty. There is one misconception about decorating rental walls that most people believe, and that’s that you can’t nail into your walls. This is FALSE. You CAN nail into walls as long as you fill the holes upon moving out ?? I think the biggest thing to remember about living in a rental is that renter restrictions DO NOT mean you have to throw all of your design aspirations out the window. There are SO many ways to upgrade your walls, while leaving your landlord extremely happy. Check out a few of my favorite, unique ways to decorate rental walls down below:

Hang Temporary or REAL Wallpaper

Yes, you heard me say REAL wallpaper. We all have heard of peel & stick wallpaper, which has become a favorite among renters. However, did you know you can hang real wallpaper in your home using liquid starch? If you want real wallpaper in your home, try Photowall. You can use the code “Chelsey2020” for a 25% off discount! Additionally, you can also hang fabric with liquid starch. How fun is that??

Neon is IN

Want to create a unique statement in your space but don’t want to hang plain-old artwork? How about a custom neon sign? You can plenty of neon signs on Etsy, and my favorite resource is LoveStruckLights! She created this custom piece for me, and I get compliments on it ALL of the time!

Add Bookshelves or an Etagere

Don’t want to nail into your walls? An etagere allows you to display your favorite art while also giving you a dedicated space for storage. It’s a win-win!

Cover Corners with Chairs and Plants

Many people leave corners bare, but this is one of the BEST places to utilize for decor! Take a chair you don’t normally use, add some decor on top and you have a beautiful statement piece that involves NO damage to your walls!

PAINT without Asking Your Landlord’s Permission

Hear me out on this one: I know I mentioned above that you have to get permission from your landlord to paint, however, You CAN paint without asking for your landlord’s permission, using THIS creative hack! If you invest in some “paintable white removable wallpaper“, you can paint over it and remove it easily upon moving out. How cool is that?!

Layer your art

Yep! You heard me! How did I do this? It’s as easy as using different-sized nails. Use longer nails for the art you want to “layer.” Once you are ready to move out, just fill in your nail holes with spackling paste.


And there you have it! Will you try any of these tips in your home? Let me know down below!

Live in a rental and not sure how to decorate your walls? Believe it or not, there are countless of options besides plain art to fill-up your bland walls! #rentalhomedecorating #rentaldecorating #rentalapartmentdecorating #livingroomdecor #livingroomideas #walldecor

XO, Chelsey

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  1. Dana says:

    Hi! I love all of these tips. I tried to use the discount code on the wallpaper site with no luck. Is the code still good? Thank you!

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