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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.

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

    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.

    6. Lay down a rug that will protect your floors and brighten up a room.

    Get this rug on Amazon for $84.50 or check out 27 Inexpensive Rugs That Look Fancy AF.

    7. Hang a gallery wall (without ruining your walls) with adhesive strips.

    Learn how to do it here.

    8. Or clip photos to string lights or wire and switch them out whenever you print new shots.

    This definitely beats buying all those frames. Get a few more ideas for decorating with Instax from Urban Outfitters.

    9. String up a wall hanging if you're more into art than photos.

    Learn how to make this one on Hey Wanderer.

    10. Or stack knick-knacks on floating shelves that won't scar the walls.

    While most shelves require more heavy-duty drilling, these hang from just one nail. Learn how to string up a wooden board on Why Don't You Make Me.

    11. And prop heavier items against the wall.

    See this home tour on Wit and Delight.

    12. If you do drill holes in your wall, patch 'em with spackle before you move out.

    Learn how to do this here. 3M Patch Plus Primer from Amazon for $6.97 is an easy trick if the holes are smaller.

    13. Glue wine corks to the legs of your furniture to prevent scratching.

    Erica McCartney / Via

    See more ways to repurpose wine corks on The Krazy Coupon Lady or buy felt pads on Amazon for $13.81.

    14. Use peel and stick subway tiles to dress up an ugly bathroom.

    Learn how to avoid sticking them directly onto the drywall on PMQ For Two. Get a 10-pack of 10x10 peel-and-stick subway tiles from Amazon for $37.97.

    15. Disguise outdoor eyesores with walls of ivy.

    Fake ivy, that is. You can buy a roll of it from Amazon for $34.95. See this renter-friendly patio makeover on The Crafted Life.

    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.

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