You just moved into a new apartment and aren’t sure how to decorate your new space without damaging the walls and risking to lose the security deposit? Or maybe you are a homeowner and want to preserve the integrity of your space and reverting a space back to its original might be to costly or time-consuming for you? Luckily there are plenty of damage-free decorating options that will allow you to leave your (temporary) mark on your home. Here’s a list that will help you turn your house or apartment into a home, without causing damage:
If you have dreams of an accent wall with popping color or patterns but don’t want to make a permanent change, consider purchasing temporary wallpaper. This type of wallpaper peels off just as easily as it goes on. It’s an easy way to show off your personal style.
Another option for damage-free wall decoration are wall decals. The difference to wallpaper is that they won’t cover an entire surface area corner to corner, they are basically pieces. Wall decals come in a variety of designs from silhouettes, quotes, trees and much more. Kids’ rooms are great spaces to use decals because as children grow, their room decor will change with them. Decals are great because they give you flexibility and once you are moving to another apartment or are ready to sell your house – just peel that lime green decal of the wall.
If you are looking to add more storage or having more space to add pictures, books and plants, stand-alone shelving units are a great option to add charm and utility to your home. Free-standing, affordable shelves or bookcases can be found in thrift stores, garage sales or any other furniture store.
String lights are a wonderful tool to decorate. When you think of the word ambience, this is what they mean, so don’t feel like these are limited to use during Christmas or in college dorms. When added to an existing piece, these lights can soften the most utilitarian space into a glowing place to rest. If possible, opt for battery-operated lights as they allow for more freedom in the placement.
If you are stationery geek you already know what I’m talking about. If not, it’s basically glamorous masking tape and it comes in so many designs that you’ll lose your mind. Washi tape is inexpensive and available at most craft stores or online. Most importantly Washi tape is damage free and easily removable. But besides not damaging your walls, it also won’t damage what you are hanging. A quick Google Image search reveals all the creative ways people have used washi tape for decorating.
No matter if you plan to hang up pictures or lights or tapestries: command strips are your best friend! They can do everything from hang curtain rods to organizing an entryway with hooks and shelves to hold keys, bags, coats and mail. All this without holes in your drywall!
Use the space you have, add colorful pillows or rugs, stack books vertically to use them under a lamp or as a side table and add flowers or small plants in your home.
By: Patricia Madigan