Renter-friendly wall decor to beautify your space (and keep walls fresh)

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Let renter-friendly wall decor brighten up that stale, eggshell paint color—without damaging the facade of your studio apartment

Part of being a good tenant is understanding the terms of your lease, and more often than not, there's a heavy emphasis on the walls — no nails, no dark colors, etc. (Should you get the green light to go Van Gogh, check out our renter-friendly paint tips.) 

Fortunately, small (and lightweight!) pieces can make a big impact with minimal effort. If you're afraid that your walls will look like Swiss cheese by the time move-out comes around, opt for some of these delightful selections including tapestries, planters, and the ever-reliable peel-and-stick wallpaper (it's a fan-favorite for a reason, friends).

When you're ready for a head-to-toe makeover, have a look at our go-to apartment decorating and design ideas that will truly make your space pop. 

Our favorite renter-friendly wall decor picks

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If in time you're looking to make a few more permanent adjustments to your space, we spoke to Keyanna Bowen, designer and the founder of East + Lane, about approaching rental renovations with your landlord. Though the idea of a rental might seem temporary, it's in everyone's best interest to give the space some love. 

"I think a lot of landlords are now seeing that trend that more and more of their tenants are coming to them and wanting to make updates, and it’s such a win-win situation," she says. "You’re adding value to the property."

When you're ready to tackle a DIY or want to give a new aesthetic a go, read her tips for making all of your changes happen.

Danielle Valente
Content Editor

Pleasure to meet you! I'm Danielle, a content editor at Real Homes who loves scoping out interior trends. I've specialized in lifestyle writing and editing for 10 years with a focus on events, food, and books, among other areas. When I'm not working, I'm usually cooking, reading, or searching for a new project for my apartment.