Temporary Decorating Solutions

| August 15, 2013 | 4 Comments

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Hello and Welcome Back to the Rent Pretty Series. I’m Kelly from Here Comes the Sun and I’m so glad to be back sharing more decorating ideas for renters.  If you missed any of the previous posts in this series, you can catch up on them here:

DIY Statement Pieces for Your Apartment

Today I’m going to show you some temporary decorating solutions for renters. 

So you are not able to paint your walls? Don’t let that limit you. There are plenty of solutions to dress up your rental and make it your own. Here are some of my favorites:

Contact Paper

Hate that ugly formica countertop? Cover it! You can get the look of real granite with a few rolls of contact paper. When you’re ready to move out, just peel it off.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters
Why stop at countertops? Did you know that you can use contact paper to cover your cabinets too?
Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters

Decorate with Tape

Use duct tape for a dramatic pattern on your walls.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters

Washi tape

can also be used to give a room some much needed detail.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters

Temporary Wallpaper

Use temporary wallpaper to change your room’s look without paint.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters

Window Films

Window films add style and privacy to your windows.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters

Wall Decals
Large wall decals can turn any wall into a piece of art.

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters


Cover it with Fabric

You can “wallpaper” using fabric and a starch solution.  

Temporary Decorating Solutions for Renters
Stop back next week for more renter-friendly decorating!


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Hello! I’m Kelly, creator of the blog Here Comes the Sun. My husband and I owned a home for seven years. Two and a half years ago, a job transfer took us out of state and now we rent. I’m currently in the process of making over our rental one temporary solution at a time. DIY is my passion and I love to share the projects that I do and the tips that I find.  

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About Jason Potts: Hi! I'm Jason, and I'm the Social Media Coordinator for ForRent.com. I am a part of an awesome social media team that keeps this blog running in addition to the other social media outlets for ForRent.com! When I'm not posting for ForRent.com, I like to play music with friends, cook, and travel as much as possible.

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  1. Bev says:

    Great Ideas!

    I am moving into a rental next week and will be sharing how I do temporary deco as well. Can we say #Silhouette for kitchen cabinets?! Oh Yeah!

  2. Alanya Properties says:

    Very nice, thanks

  3. Tina says:

    I’m pretty sure both duct tape and contact paper will pull paint/veneer off both cabinets and walls, in addition to leaving a sticky film of adhesive behind. I would not recommend either. Something with a lighter adhesive (like washi tape) is probably better and even then, if you are a long term renter, I’d pull it up or change it up every so often because anything will adhere more readily over time due to sun exposure, heat from central heating, ect.

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