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15 Renter-Friendly Decor Tricks That Are Totally Gorgeous

"When they said you can’t buy love / Now I know you can rent it."

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1. Keep a shoe tray at the front door, then encourage everyone to take off their shoes.

Taking your shoes off before walking in the front door is a good way to avoid scuffing up the hardwood floors and keep dirt out of the house. See this entryway on Magnolia Market.

2. Try removable wallpaper if the white is looking a little bland.

You could try Chasing Paper, Hygge & West, or Spoonflower where you can even design your own.


3. Or stick washi tape on the walls, the doors, the cabinets, and everywhere else.

Because washi tape is temporary and gorgeous, decorate every corner of your rental with this stuff. See these washi-taped cabinets and more of this adorably decorated rental on Studio Mucci's Instagram or try decorating your walls with the tape like they do here and here.

4. To avoid drilling holes in the wall, hang curtains on a tension rod or reusable adhesive hooks.

Your landlord isn't going to love those big gaping holes, anyway. Try this tension rod for $6.49. See this home on One Kings Lane and learn how to hang a tension rod here.

5. Hang your clothing from a rack made of wooden dowels and copper pipe elbows if the closet is teeny. / Via

All you need to do for this project is glue all the pieces together! Super easy. Get the instructions from Minimal Crafts. If you're not into building a rack, you can get a simple one from Amazon for $12.99.


However you decorate, remember these three smart tips:


1. Take photos and notes right before you move in so they can't take your deposit for issues that existed prior to your stay.

2. Check your lease for specific items you might be docked for.

3. Ask your landlord to do a preliminary inspection before your official move-out date so you can deal with any issues they may want you to address.