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If you live in an apartment, you might not be able to remodel your entire living space. Your lease agreement may prevent you from having any heavy-duty construction projects done.
But you can still make your apartment feel like it’s yours. You just have to get a little creative.
Break out your craft supplies; we’ve got some expert DIY tips for redesigning your apartment. They’ll let you customize your place without ruining your chances of getting your security deposit back.
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Create Accents Using Tape
There are so many things you can do with tape.
Use it to outline features like windows and door frames for some extra pop. Make yourself a tape headboard behind your bed if you don’t have one. Create a geometric accent wall in your living room.
Washi tape is especially good for decorating walls. And it comes in enough colors and patterns to make your head spin.
And the best part?
Tape won’t damage your walls. You can put it up and take it down with ease!
Add Removable Wallpaper
Removable wallpaper is an absolute game-changer for apartment dwellers.
Inject some color and style into your apartment without all the fuss of regular wallpaper. It’s easy to put up and take down, so you don’t have to hire anyone to do it for you.
You don’t even have to use it on the walls. Removable wallpaper sticks to anything from bookshelves to the sides of your fridge. It can even be used to spruce up old furniture.
Create a Unique Color Palette for Each Room
By giving each room its own color palette, you make a clear separation between every space in your house. The colors you choose will give each of your rooms its own vibe.
That way, you’ll have a lively living room and a laid-back bedroom, each decorated with a unique theme.
Decorate Vertically With Fabric Wall Panels
If you want to make your ceilings seem higher, try decorating higher.
Fabric wall panels are a great way to use up all that wall space and “push” your ceilings upward. These are perfect if you have some fabric lying around that you love but aren’t sure what to do with.
They will hold up for years, or at least until you decide to redecorate again.
Use Your Favorite Photos in a Gallery Wall
Not sure what to do with that empty wall space?
We’ve got you covered!
A gallery wall is a fantastic design element and a great way for you to display all your family photos or your favorite prints. Hang them side by side in a grid or in a collage-like cluster — it’s up to you!
No matter what size or shape your wall is, you can easily fill it up with pictures.
Change Out the Hardware
Dull hardware can really bring down a kitchen or bathroom design.
Add some personality and replace those little details with something more stylish. Your apartment will look more finished if the hardware matches the rest of the room.
Just remember to keep the original hardware so you can replace it when you move out.
Dress Up Your Ceiling with a Medallion Decal
Ceilings are all too often a vast, undecorated space, but we can change that.
A ceiling medallion is a statement piece. However, real medallions leave behind damage from being attached to the ceiling. Decals are the perfect way to remedy that problem.
Just stick the medallion decal to your ceiling and remove it when you get bored of it. Simple as that!
Layer Design Elements to Add Depth
If you’re dealing with a small space, you can add some depth by layering accents on top of each other.
Mix colors and patterns by laying a rug on top of your existing carpet, or two different sized rugs over your wooden floor. Shadow boxes give the illusion of depth more than flat picture frames.
To add more visual interest, layer different materials like wood and metal.
Brighten Things Up With Wall Sconces
The right lighting can open up any room in your apartment.
Skip the electrician and get some wall sconces that simply plug into an outlet. Because they hang on the wall, you don’t have to worry about taking up valuable floor space!
Throw in Some Houseplants
Bring a fresh element to your apartment by incorporating some indoor plants into your design.
Some plants thrive indoors. Ficuses and some spider plants, for example, can survive on very little sunlight, but they’ll make your apartment feel brighter and more alive.
Change Pillows Each Season
Styles change like the weather and your throw pillows are a fantastic way to reflect that. They’re functional and add some texture to an otherwise flat design.
Mix up your pillows for holidays, new seasons, or just because you feel like it.
The change will keep your apartment looking fresh and give it a new character every few months.
Install Temporary Flooring
Most of the time, apartment flooring is a hit or miss.
Did you know you can change it if you want to?
Believe it or not, temporary flooring actually exists. All you have to do is lay it over your floors to make your apartment look entirely different.
When you’re ready to move out, just remove it and head on your way!
Cover Countertops With Contact Paper
Old countertops are a big no-no for a modern design.
Thankfully, you can cover up those mood-killing counters with some contact paper. All it takes is a few sheets to create the illusion that your apartment has granite or marble countertops.
Tip: Keep them waterproof by using vinyl or PVC contact paper.
Hang Up Cork Tiles for Extra Functionality
Cork tiles give you a place to hang important things for work, school, or just so you remember them. Make a small square or cover an entire wall if you like the look.
Double-sided foam tape is strong enough to keep your tiles secure without damaging your walls when you take them down.
Rearrange Your Furniture
The easiest and most affordable way to redesign your apartment is to move your furniture around. Sometimes a small change is all you need.
There are more than a handful of ways to freshen up your apartment. And fortunately, most of them are easy to do on your own. You just have to get creative with it.
Use any of these expert DIY tips to redesign your apartment and watch how quickly it comes together. You’re going to love the way your home looks!
Angus Flynn is the Business Manager of Paxton Calabasas.