8 Clever Ways to Decorate Your Apartment

By Brittany Loeffler on September 6, 2017

Those stark white walls in your brand new apartment can be intimidating and uninviting. You want to make your new space yours and have it feel like home, but you don’t want to damage the walls because you definitely want that security deposit back after your lease is up.

There are plenty of clever ways to decorate your apartment without damaging it, which means you can make your space your own while guaranteeing you receive your security deposit back.


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1. Curtains

Give yourself some privacy from nosy neighbors and hide those hideous blinds by putting up some bold curtains. Curtains can be versatile or make a statement in the room. Choose a patterned set of curtains to decorate your apartment or choose a solid color to bring the room together.

The best thing about curtains is that they are able to change from room to room, bringing you diversity in your new apartment. Not only do you get to choose the kind of curtains, but you can also get a fancy or funky curtain rod to hold up your bold new curtains.

2. Con-Tact Paper

Make your shelves and drawers pop with color with Con-Tact Paper. Choose from a variety of patterns and colors to decorate your furniture. That boring bookshelf you have sitting in your room? Add some easy to apply Con-Tact Paper and make your friends jealous of your decorating skills.

You can also add it to the surface of furniture, like that boring nightstand or kitchen table you have on display. Get creative with it!

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3. Removable wallpaper

Yes, it’s a thing! Removable wallpaper can be applied very easily to your plain white walls and removed without damaging it at the end of your lease, or until you get bored of it. It’s a great alternative to painting the walls! You choose from many different styles, colors, and patterns, including a faux brick, to decorate your apartment.

If you’re really feeling crafty, you can cut the wallpaper to add stripes to your walls or cut out pieces to add to your wall and paint your own design or phrases. Removable wallpaper gives you the chance to decorate your apartment without causing any damage.

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4. Add a rug

Adding a rug can be a huge game changer when decorating a room in your new apartment. There are many ways to place a rug in your room to pull everything together or make it feel bigger than it is. There are so many different types of rugs, including area rugs to cover most of the floor in a room, novelty rugs, and doormats to welcome guests. You can also be subtle with the type of rug or make a statement with it. Rugs look great in your apartment and offer some comfort for your feet.

5. Wall decals

Are you feeling inspirational or a little sassy? Buy some wall decal letters to put up a quote on your wall. You can also find them in different shapes or designs to add some more pop to your quote. Take up the whole wall or just a small part of it. It’s up to you!

The best thing about wall decals is that they can be removed at any time! If you’re getting tired of the tree decal you put up, just take it down and add another!

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6. Tapestries

A common trend for college students is to hang large tapestries with intricate designs in their bedrooms. This offers a cozy feeling of being in a tent to your room. It’s an easy way to take up space on your wall while decorating your apartment and causing minimal damage. Most tapestries can be held up with thumbtacks, which leave a small, usually unnoticeable hole in the wall.

You can find tapestries in many different designs, colors, and sizes, so find what will work best for you!

7. Command hooks

If you’re looking to hang up pictures or banners, Command hooks are the way to go. With a self-adhesive strip, they can help you decorate your apartment without damaging the wall. Hang up pictures of you and your roommates or works of art, or use them to organize your kitchen. There are so many creative ways to use Command hooks in your apartment!

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8. Add a bookshelf

Bookshelves aren’t just for showing off your reading material anymore. Having a bookshelf gives you some more surface space to show off your knick knacks, framed pictures, collectibles from vacation, and more! Make sure to add some Con-Tact paper to the shelves to give it a pop of color.

By Brittany Loeffler

Uloop Writer
Brittany is a senior English major with a concentration in creative writing at Temple University. After growing up in a very rural part of Pennsylvania, she found her calling in the streets of the big city of Philadelphia. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading, movies, baking, and photography.

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