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September 21st, 2013 by MichiganLiving The Renter’s Guide To Interior Design: Cheap Ways You Can Spice Up Rented Walls

Not all of us actually have the financial capability to go out and buy a house. Of course, most of us are still afraid to deal with mortgages. This is just one of the reasons why a lot of people love to rent. These days, you can see houses for rent just about everywhere. Finding one is not really that difficult anymore. Plus, most people would get to find a house for rent at a very affordable price. It seems as though renting is the perfect choice that we have today.

Painter ShadowHowever, renting does come with one limitation– decoration. If you are the type of person who wish to make the rental his home, then you may have some problems doing that. One of the most common things that renters would like to change in their house for rent is the walls. When it comes to walls, the first thing that would come to mind would be to change the color of its paint. However, this is not highly recommended since you will have to shell out money for something that is not your permanently.  Lucky for you, there are now various ways on how you can spice up your rented walls without having to shell out money and violate any landlord policies. Here are some.Paint Brush

Wall Decals

I am pretty sure you cringed at the first sight of wall decals. It’s true that most college women would use decals in the most absurd way possible. However, wall decals would be a great interior design when you use it appropriately and with great taste.

Commission Paintings

These days, there are lots of starting artist that have great talent. When you buy pieces from them, you do not only get to help them save money, you get to save money as well. In addition to that, you will have something that can help spice up your dull rented walls.

Canvass frames covered with fabrics

If you have a big wall and you do not know what to do with it, this is the best step to take. Buy empty canvasses and find a fabric that suits your srtyle and cover it up. For best results, hang these in clusters. A yard of fabric is quite affordable. Plus, this can be easily customized. In the event that you get tired of the current design, you can easily unwrap it and put on a new cover.

Contact paper

If you wish to jazz up your shelves, then this can be done by wrap it up with contact paper. You can cover the back and inside of the shelves with a  contact paper. You can follow a patter on create color accents.

Wall fabric

If you wish to attach fabric to the walls, the only thing you will need is liquid starch.

With all these amazing tips, the possibilities are endless!

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Ryan McGuire


24 responses to “The Renter’s Guide To Interior Design: Cheap Ways You Can Spice Up Rented Walls”

  1. These are great tips. We are just moving out of our rental house and I hated the walls. I wish I would have seen this earlier!

  2. These are great ideas even for those of us who do own our house! Painting or more permanent methods of decor are time consuming and require a lot of confidence in your choices lol! These ideas are great for people like me who want to change things up a lot!

  3. Crystal says:

    I love wall decals, if they are used properly.

  4. I think we all like to save money when it comes to interior design, especially for a renter! I love decorative wall decals as they can personalize even the smallest of apartments!

  5. Christie says:

    Wall fabric is a new wall technique for me. I wonder how you would keep it clean?

  6. Jeanine says:

    This is great! We are moving on Monday, and still renting and I’ll be looking for lots of ways to spruce up our new place. I can’t wait!

  7. All great tips for those of us who are renting and even those who own their own homes. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I’ve actually done the contact paper once a long time ago and it turned out fabulously! I’m lucky even though I rent my house my landlord told me I could pain any color I wanted, but lucky me they are already just the way I like them.

  9. Mhie Lee says:

    I do agreed with you. I rented for 5 years and I know what you’re saying. I never decorated my apartment when I rent because of too many limitations and I just leave with a nothing decorations at my apartment.

  10. Heather says:

    I think this is great for home owners or renters. Sometimes even as a home owner you just don’t know how permanent you want something to be.

  11. Lisa says:

    I love the idea of wall fabric. It would even work in a kids room that could make it easy to change as they grow.

  12. We haven’t had a rental in years, but I was always so afraid to do anything to the walls. These are some great ideas.

  13. Very useful tips for those who’re renting and want to decorate. I’ve always wanted to add wall decals.

  14. Michele says:

    I live in a apartment ( a co-op) and we have to watch what we do to the walls also. You have definitely given me some ideas here-I love the one with the canvases covered with fabric!

  15. Wall decals is always a hit! I love them because you can always move them around and you get such a huge variety!

  16. NYC SingleMom says:

    I don’t rent anymore but think these are amazing options for owners too. I never considered wall decals which provides you the opportunity to make changes quickly.

  17. Rosey says:

    My mom used to use the contact paper on shelves years ago. It did add a bit of snazz to the room.

  18. Ashley says:

    Great tips! I could have used these when we were renting for sure. But I think a few of these would be great for our house, too!

  19. […] the decorations of the house. Always keep in mind that the house is just temporary so there is no need for you to shell out huge amounts of money for it. Plus, keep in mind that the landlord imposes various restrictions on decorating the […]

  20. Kristi says:

    Really great tips! Wall Decals are always a fun way to decorate a run whether you rent or own.

  21. ricci says:

    These are all great ideas!! I loved wall decals when I had an apartment so I could really make it my own place.

  22. Apryl says:

    These are great options for decorating. I love cost effective ways to decorate that are original and involve some sort of DIY component. I think the fabric idea is something that I will definitely give a try! I have been looking for a unique wall display for my dining room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Kiwi says:

    Wall decals are a painless and paint free to jazz up an apartment. My next one I got some cool funky ones to use.

  24. Angie says:

    These are great ideas! We rent, in Seattle rent is getting pretty crazy. The last thing I have money for us to paint walls. Thanks!

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