Decorating a Rented apartment Without Risking Your Security Deposit

Decorating a Rented apartment Without Risking Your Security Deposit

So you have moved in a newly rented apartment, and are at a loss what you can do to spruce it up without breaking the landlord’s rules.

Living in a place that doesn’t radiate your personality and preferences can really wear on your good spirits. And you don’t want to invest a lot of time and effort into decorating your rented apartment only to find out the landlord doesn’t approve of the changes.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up the place. Here are a few ideas for decorating a rental apartment without risking your security deposit.

Elegant living room interior with comfortable sofa and table
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Spruce up The Space With Accessories

You can’t paint your rented home or add tiles to enrich its look. But you can express your personality using various fascinating accessories.

For instance, you can add a personal feel to the place by adding lighting, cushions, and covers where required. It is advisable to use only accents that reflect your style.

And you don’t have to worry about spending money purchasing these accessories – you can take them with you when moving out to use in your next home.

Modern interior with comfortable sofa
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Stylish comfortable living room
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Use Wall Decals or Temporary Wallpaper

Don’t like the color of your walls? Unfortunately, you can’t paint the walls. But there are several alternatives you can adapt to brighten the space up.

One of the best options is to use wall decals. These come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns to personalize your space. With the wide range of options to choose from, you’ll always find something that suits your specific needs.

Modern home office with small desk, crystal chair, music wall decor and pattern carpet
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Black and white bedroom with pattern details and DIY furniture
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Temporary wallpaper adds instant life to any space. They can be easily waxed on when needed. Moreover, you can remove them effortlessly like a sticker when it’s time to move out.

You can use gallery displays to make a statement and express your style on plain walls. Command hooks make it easy to install and remove photo frames as needed.

Bright yellow pineapple painting hanging over a stylish turquoise sofa with yellow blanket and pillow in a scandi style apartment interior
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Spacious living room interior with a blanket and orange pillows on a blue sofa, green chair, colorful rug and gallery of posters and painting on white wall.
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Get Creative With Storage

Don’t have sufficient storage space in your rented home?

You can’t install customized cabinets in a place you don’t own. But, you can create more storage space with things such as:

  • Rolling kitchen cabinets
  • Bar Carts
  • Ottomans with hidden compartments
Candles on wooden cupboard in cozy bedroom interior with poster next to bed and patterned plates
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Change up The Door Knobs and Handles

You don’t need to buy new doors or cabinets for your rental. Simply replace the handles and knobs. New handles can transform your doors from dull to fabulous. And you can even go for DIY installation.

After replacement, you should keep the original knobs and handles. You will have to return them when you decide to move of the apartment.

Close up view of an interior door and installed lockset.
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Add Greenery

Plants are excellent for adding life to an apartment. And they don’t require much maintenance. Place some potted plants to add a homey aura to your apartment. If you don’t have the time to grow and maintain real plants, faux plants can also do a great job in creating the same effect.

Elegant living room interior with comfortable sofa and stylish floor lamp
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Cozy bedroom interior with shelving unit used as wardrobe
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Final thoughts

Decorating a rented apartment can be a challenge. There are so many rules you need to observe. Depending on your lease agreement, you may not be able to repaint the house, install shelving, change flooring, etc. But you can add greenery, get creative with storage, use removable wallpaper, or add various accessories to enrich the look and feel of your rental.

Whatever you do to enhance the look and feel of your rented apartment, be sure to return it to its original state when you move out. Consider taking pictures of the apartment when you first move in so that you don’t have to struggle to recall what it looked like when your time to move out comes.



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