10 Temporary Decorating Ideas

by katie

Today I have a few ideas for decorating your home or apartment without having to deal with long term commitment. These temporary decor ideas will give you the option later to change your look or to decorate your apartment while preventing damage.

1. Washi Tape Door
Whether you’re decorating an apartment or a dorm, this is an easy way to add personality without damaging your doors and with so many varieties of Washi Tape to choose from, you can add your own style.

2. Instant Granite
This is a great way to update counter tops in your home or apartment for a fraction of the cost and because it’s peel and stick, there’s no damage if you decide to move.
3. Removable Wallpaper
This is probably the best way to add character and style to a space without going long term. I personally love this gold chevron!
4. Peel and Stick Chalkboard Wall
This is a great option for a child’s room or on a blank wall in a room for kids to doodle. This will not only prevent them from damaging the other walls with their ‘art’ but can be removed easily.
5. Enlarged Family Photos
You can easily create large photos by taking your favorite photo to Kinkos and have them enlarge it for you. It’s fairly inexpensive and can dress up any wall or area on a larger scale especially plain white walls that can’t be painted.
6. Decorative Film
Using decorative film in your home or apartment helps you to conceal unsightly views and ad character to your space. You can place these on windows in lieu of curtains or on a door with a window for added privacy.
7. Cover a Wall in Mirrors
Utilizing mirrors in your small space adds dimension and makes a room feel larger. Hang mirrors with command strips to avoid damage to your walls.
8. Tile Tattoos
Renoing a space and removing tiles is expensive and time consuming. This is definitely not an option when renting so what can you do to make them better? Use tile tattoos!
9. Bookshelf Back Splashes
Have built ins? Can’t paint your walls because you rent? Using bookshelves or built ins to your advantage by adding back splashes to the shelves! Simply cover cardboard with fabric or decorative shelf liner to add visual interest to your otherwise bland space. It’s simple and removable.
10. Area Rugs Over Carpet
This is a great way to break up a solid wall-to-wall carpeting in an apartment or space in your home when tearing it up is just not an option. This will add dimension to the space and create visual interest as well. You can also change them out when you change your space.
I came across many of these while surfing the web for decorating ideas. Since many like myself rent, it has opened my eyes to the possibilities. I hope I’ve inspired you as well! 
Do you have any tips on temporary decorating? Share them below! 
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Deepika February 12, 2015 - 8:38 pm

Love all the ideas. I am using idea 4 and 8 for sure. 🙂

Kate Lynn February 13, 2015 - 12:16 am

Yes! They're a few of my favorites!

Alyssa @ Piece of Home February 13, 2015 - 6:43 pm

Such adorable ideas! I LOVE the gold chevron wall too! So into that right now!

Anna February 14, 2015 - 5:33 pm

I love these ideas! Especially 7 and 9 🙂

Kate Lynn February 16, 2015 - 1:39 am

Aren't they great? I love #7.

None None February 15, 2015 - 5:42 am

I linked this post as a fave that I found this week over at http://www.simplisticchaos.com, my brand new blog.

Thanks, Karla @ Simplistic Chaos

Kate Lynn February 15, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Awesome! I'll check it out! Thanks!

Purfylle February 16, 2015 - 1:39 am

Some brilliant inspiration here I particularly like the new counter top idea!

Kate Lynn February 18, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I know. I don't know about it until I was looking around the web. I definitely would like to try it!

Anastasia Ivy February 16, 2015 - 3:01 am

I need to save this post. We are getting ready to move, and sprucing up a new home with some of these ideas (like the temp wall paper and the frosted glass look) would make the whole thing a lot more exciting.

-Anastasia Ivy


Kate Lynn February 18, 2015 - 3:28 pm

I hope these work well for you!

Amy - Bead Bash February 16, 2015 - 9:17 pm

I love all of these ideas. We own our home now but as someone who rented for 14 years and was desperate to decorate some of these would have been the perfect solution for me.

Michelle James February 17, 2015 - 11:47 am

I love these ideas. I have a friend who wants to re-do their kitchen. They don't have the $$ to spend on granite but these countertops may just be the ticket until they can afford the real thing. I did not know 1/2 of these existed. Thanks so much.

Kate Lynn February 18, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by! I hope your friend gets a good use out of these tips! 🙂

Raewyn @ Be A Warrior Queen February 17, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Ohh, I definitely needed these ideas! I am so tired of renting because I feel like I can't decorate! Thank you for linking up with us for Pinworthy Wednesday!

Kate Lynn February 18, 2015 - 3:29 pm

Glad to party with you!

Jennifer -White Tulip Designs February 17, 2015 - 7:03 pm

Wonderfully curated collection! I'm loving the wall of green mirrors. Great way to add some love to cheap mirrors too!

Kate Lynn February 18, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Thanks, Jennifer! 🙂 I've always loved this idea!

Vicki Maheu February 18, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Great ideas, I'd like to say that places like Walmart can also enlarge your family photos and even put them on gallery wrapped canvas so you don't need a frame to hang them!

Kate Lynn February 25, 2015 - 12:32 am

I didn't know you could do this at Walmart! Thanks for letting me know!

elaine @cookinandcraftin.com February 18, 2015 - 11:29 pm

What a great assortment of ideas!! Love them!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope you come back tomorrow and share some more great stuff!! Pinned!

Kate Lynn February 25, 2015 - 12:33 am

I love partying with you! Thanks for the pin!

sharon rowe February 19, 2015 - 7:59 pm

These are awesome ideas thanks for sharing on Monday Madness:)

Tampa Cake Girl February 19, 2015 - 10:34 pm

Great ideas! I love them all! Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We enjoy having you every Thursday night at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

Bobbi @ 3GLOL February 22, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing these at the Teach Me Tuesday linky party. You will be featured this week as the most clicked link. Please grab a "featured" button if you don't have one already.

We appreciate you 😉

Kimberly Lewis February 24, 2015 - 12:58 am

Everything looks incredible! I love your new look. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for taking the time to party with us. We hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. It wouldn't be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

Kate Lynn February 25, 2015 - 12:33 am

Thank you Kimberly! Thanks for the invite!


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