We humans have evolved from vagabonds to homemakers and home nesters, Home is a gathering place, a shelter, and it provides escape from the busyness and intrusiveness of the world.

The thought of a home fills us up with positive feelings, therefore all of us have or are looking to have a home at sometime, some are living with family, parents or joint family, some are moving to new location and so on,

Not all of us are fortunate enough to have a permanent home in our name, a lot of people across the world live in a rental house/apartment.

The general idea for all is that own home should be looked after and decorated while a rental home need not be, that is due to various reasons, some think their stay is temporary,

Some have very few permissions from land owner to decorate, there maybe many reasons, however i want to give my views on how to make a rental apartment your home without breaking rental rules or putting your security deposit at risk!

Here is the first blog in the series, how to Decorate the walls of your home without damaging them.


Once you start to bring changes in your rental, you will feel more comfortable and like it more, you will feel better when you entertain, or even when relaxing at home.


Walls are tricky places, most landlords would not agree to painting the whole house but you can always do a few clever remedies to make your house your home.

When you have a big, blank wall to fill, your first thought may be to make a gallery wall.

Thats a great idea, but sometimes it’s nice to change the monotonous framed artwork with something different.

Try baskets, brackets, paint-dipped objects, wall sculptures, special paint effects and more.

I have shared my ideas here on how to fill your walls with color and creativity.

There are many solutions for walls besides just simply covering it with paint which is obviously more expensive and sometimes not possible too due to limitations of a rented appartment.

Accent Wall

Try to paint one wall (of course with permission).

This will create a dramatic effect and totally change the look of the room This type of wall is called Accent wall,

You can choose any bold color for this wall, you can paint it simply or give it a textured finish , some people like to paint ceiling too in a different color that will bring a huge difference to the room as well.

Accent walls are very popular in the decorating industry.

They are  color accents which will always be popular because of their flexibility.

You have unlimited paint, surface and material options for your accent wall.

You are free to choose the location of your accent wall.

There are no set rules and limitations as to which wall should be Accent Wall.

Bold color can be used for your accent wall.

As long as you have coordinated with rest of room colors you can choose whatever color makes you happy.

You may consider stone or tile for your accent wall, shelving can also work as an accent wall in a room, it can also include a gallery of photos or artwork or even a fabric-draped wall.

These walls are the most flexible decorating items!

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Curtain Wall (A Wall Of Curtains)

Can’t paint a wall?

Create a curtain wall to enhance the space with some color.

Also a curtain – wall will come to your rescue if there are ugly holes left by previous renter, whats more!

You can just move it to your new home when you shift.

Curtains can change the mood in a room.

By simply including this decorative element into a room’s design you can easily change the mood and the atmosphere.

The bedroom becomes cozier, the living room becomes more elegant, each room can benefit from such a feature.

A curtain wall can divide two spaces such as the living and dining areas for example.

Instead of using doors to divide these spaces you can create a similar effect with curtains.

A similar idea can also be applied to seperate bedroom and living room areas where you can replace the wall between the rooms with beautiful curtains.

The curtains offer you privacy and will make the room feel more  welcoming.

However the sound will travel through the curtains so if that is a problem, then door would be a better idea.

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Chalkboard Wall

Use chalkboard paint on a wall to add some fun to your rental.

You can also find removable chalkboard wall paper for a more renter – friendly solution.

Chalkboards are very useful in a child’s room, in a kitchen or just anywhere to decorate.

A chalkboard wall is perfect for messages from guests and your favorite inspirational quotes.

You can also make your chalkboard wall magnetic using the Magnetic primer paint.

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Peel And Stick Removable Wall Papers And Decals

Peel and Stick Wallpaper is made with an adhesive that is specifically designed for quick application and removal.

You can update walls and more with a completely new look in minutes.

Paste or water are never needed.

It’s  completely removable and reusable.

Peel and stick every time. It’s easily available on online stores, has the look and feel of real wallpaper with none of the headaches.

No glue, no rolls, no hiring someone for the job, its a DIY thing.

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Hang Art Or Make A Gallery Wall

(using Picture hanging strips , adhesive nails or hooks ) No more nail holes, cracked plaster or sticky residue.

These hanging Strips make decorating quick and easy. 

And  when you are ready to take down or move your pictures, they come off cleanly.

Hanging strips are available in different sizes depending upon how much weight you need to use same for Adhesive nails and hooks, makes you comfortable with your decorating campaign!

There are endless ways to arrange pictures on your wall.

Sometimes you don’t even need to hang images to create gallery wall just utilize a fireplace or bookcase to layer artwork or Take collection of your favorite photos together to add to a small reading nook.

For a unique way to display your photos, make a collage of colorful photos on your computer.

Print out your photos on one sheet of paper, and hang them up for all to see.

Call attention to your favorite photo on your gallery wall by pointing a fun, light up arrow towards it or illuminate it with a lamp facing towards it.

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Use A Large Mirror

To make a small room look larger – A large mirror in a small room creates the illusion of depth which is always welcome for small spaces.

Place a big mirror on the wall above a dining room table to reflect the chandelier or any light fixture, or installing a mirror across from any artwork.

Specially a wall – to – wall mirror creates a magical effect!

Besides being aid for personal grooming, strategically adding mirrors to walls of any room will add life and sparkle to otherwise overlooked areas.

Mirrors magically make a room seem bigger and brighter and can be used to visually expand the size of small homes.

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Frame A Wallpaper

Wallpaper looks so beautiful, however floor to ceiling coverage gets a bit expensive. 

Here’s an easy and more budget-friendly idea for hanging wallpaper…Frame it!

Framing a wallpaper is a budget-friendly alternative that produces the results you’re looking for at a low price.

It gives you originality, distinctiveness and creativity.

A framed Wallpaper injects color and personality into any room in your home.

Because of it’s affordability and character, it’s a wonderful  design choice for any space!

You can use samples from stores (they usually give samples for free).

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A Hat Or Plate Wall

Got antique plates? Hats or paper fans? put them on the wall. 

Instead of using art or pictures, plates and hats can provide an unexpected and affordable way to fill a large expanse of wall.

People are finally breaking the rules and and adding more then just art work to their walls – They are using Plants , plates , hats and lots of other collectables as a way to decorate walls.

We can hang a collection of straw hats against a beige or cream wall to create a country-inspired look Or mix and match cowboy hats for a  bohemian look.

Hats can also be mixed with handbags of all sizes.

Cane baskets are also good for hanging on walls if done nicely they create a stunning display!

Fake animal heads are a good option as well, the possibilities are endless, just your imagination and creativity is needed.

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Vertical Garden

A living wall also known as a vertical garden, is a collection of wall-mounted plants.

Vertical wall gardens are the latest trend in home design and are the perfect way to bring a bit of the outdoors in.

They are great for the air quality of your home besides being beautiful.

Lower maintenance plants such as succulents and ferns are all time favourite for such arrangements.

Vertical gardens help in reducing the heat of the atmosphere specially in India where summers are really hot.

It is one of the method of enhancing the aesthetics of a home, it  enhances the interior air quality, reduces noise pollutants and provides a food resource.

Plants filter toxins and improve air quality. Besides turning carbon dioxide into oxygen!

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Add Shelves

(to put in showpieces, books, or anything you like) Bookshelves serve as storage space for books and display space for accessories.

We can decorate bookshelves so they are both fully functional and pleasing to the eye.

Dress up your living room and add plenty of storage space with wall-to-wall shelves.

Try to match the horizontal shelf fronts to your crown molding, this will instantly integrate the shelves and create a classic look.

Add small sconces to light up the unit and complete the entire look.

Open shelving in a kitchen is an welcome change from closed cabinets, it gives an open and airy feel. 

Make sure to show off matching or complementary bowls, cups and accessories.

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