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11 Nonpermanent Design Inspirations For Personalizing Your Apartment

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1. Upholster a patterned headboard.

Courtesy of Jessica Rose
Courtesy of Jessica Rose

This tutorial teaches you how to do it from top to bottom.

2. Floating shelves are a great way to display collections in a minimalist way.

You can totally build your own like this blogger, or purchase them pre-made.
Zach Klein (CC BY http://2.0) / Via Flickr: zachklein

You can totally build your own like this blogger, or purchase them pre-made.

3. Make small rooms look larger by painting a vertical stripe in place of a headboard.

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4. Paint a geometric pattern wall.

You don't need artistic skills; you just need to measure and level obsessively. Use painter's tape to get straight edges. Revel in your awesome.
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You don't need artistic skills; you just need to measure and level obsessively. Use painter's tape to get straight edges. Revel in your awesome.

5. If you're paint shy, use a silhouette decal for dimension that's totally temporary.

Get these birch branches here.
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Get these birch branches here.

6. Bring the woods to your home with faux wall antlers.

Buy these or DIY your own.
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7. Make extra storage a statement with this mason jar bathroom caddy.

Buy this one here or make your own.
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8. Curtains are one of the easiest things to sew. Pick out a fun fabric and go.

Tutorial here.
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Tutorial here.

9. Add a huge burst of color with a multicolored rug.

Buy this one here or DIY your own.
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10. Or go all hunting lodge with a fake bearskin rug.

Buy this or DIY your own (no sewing required).
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Buy this or DIY your own (no sewing required).

11. Giant map letters make a statement piece and focal point.

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This tutorial teaches you how to make your own on the cheap.

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