Reversible Renovations & Decor- How to Personalize Your Rental Without Leaving a Mark

One of my favorite things about moving is having the chance to redecorate a new place. More often than not though, if you’re renting, your landlord is going to have rules about what you can and cannot do, including not painting, not putting holes in the wall, etc.

If you’ve been living with your parents or in a dorm, you may be itching to finally decorate to your tastes, and rental rules can put a wrench in that plan. Fear not, because we live in a great time for home décor, and your pad will be Pinterest ready in no time! There are several reversible home décor options available that are rental friendly, and easy to remove when your lease is up.

Removable Wallpaper

There was a time when the word wallpaper would make me cringe, but it’s back and here to stay! With removable wallpaper, like this one we can feel free to experiment with fun colors and patterns without the commitment. Removable wallpaper can be used for accent walls, closets, bookshelves, or entire rooms.

Command Strips

If your landlord doesn’t want holes in the walls, command strips are a great option for handing photos and art. Before you hang anything, just make sure to check the weight limit for the strips you use, so the items don’t fall off the wall and damage or peel the paint. Once you’re ready to move, simply remove the command strips as per the instructions and you won’t even be able to tell that anything was there.

Change Out The Hardware

Changing the hardware is a really easy way to give your apartment a completely different look. You can change things like doorknobs, water faucets, and cabinet handles. If you do this, just remember to keep the old hardware so you can change it back before you move out. Some landlords may even allow you to change out light fixtures, which is an inexpensive way to totally transform the look of any room.

Buy An Area Rug

If you hate the floors in your apartment, invest in a large area rug. Along with changing the look of the room, it will also add a cozy feel and when you move out, just roll it up and take it with you.

Peel And Stick Tile

Peel and stick tile is a quick way to change up any backsplash! Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions, as some may be easier to remove than others. Simply peel the tiles off when you’re ready to move out!

For more rental decorating ideas, check out the posts below.

5 No-Paint Tricks That Turn Landlord’s White Box into Your Home

No Hammer or Nails Needed! Easy Ways to Decorate Walls Damage- Free

Comment below and tell us if you’ve tried any of the ideas above!

Related Posts

Author My First Apartment

Posted by

Dedreanna is a Canadian lifestyle blogger at She moved to her first apartment in a new city 6 years ago and has moved twice since. During her time in her first apartment, she wrote for www.myfirstapartment,com, and is now coming back with more experience than ever. She loves DIYs, home decor, trips to the beach, and having adventures with her husband and son.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *