When you moved into your apartment, you may have not realized just how limited the decor options can be when your lease stipulates that you cannot use paint or nails on your walls. This can be a big barrier to decorating your apartment to suit your tastes and preferences. And since most leases run for a minimum of one year, you may feel stuck in a tastelessly decorated apartment, void of all character and charm. But you can get around the use of nails and paint with creative decor tips from top professionals.
In lieu of painting your walls or affixing nails or screws to the wall to hold artwork, consider the following options:
Putty and adhesive hooks. Nowadays, there are a great number of options out there for hanging wall art, pictures, paintings and mirrors without the need for creating a hole in the wall. Putty and adhesive hooks are the answer. Putties are typically kneaded into a desired shape and then affixed to the back of an object. The object is then pressed against onto the wall for several seconds to form a tight hold. Adhesive hooks have a peel off backing that allows the hook to hang securely on the wall to hold your object. Both of these options are completely removable and will not damage the wall.
Fabric. Sometimes tacks will be allowed where nails or screws are not, and tacks can be used to affix fabric to your walls in lieu of paint. You can buy large sections of fabric at any craft store in a diverse number of colors and designs. Select lighter fabrics that will easily be held on the wall with tacks. Tack along the upper edge of the fabric to create a beautiful wall, either in sections or the whole wall.
Paper tape. Decorative paper tape that is found in any craft store or art store can be used to create a beautiful and trendy striped wall. This tape will secure firmly to the wall and then simply peel off when you grow tired of the look or you vacate the apartment. Try out various looks with different colors and widths, creating a striped, plaid, or even checked wall.
Posters. Posters have come a long way from the teen bedroom. You can now find numerous art deco posters in various styles and themes that can coordinate well with the room where you want to dress up your walls. Select high end tape that is created specifically for hanging posters for the best results. You can find this tape in most retail stores that sell posters, and it will not cause damage to the paint or other wall covering.
Vinyl lettering. Vinyl letters or vinyl graphics can be implemented creatively to spice up your wall space. Using vinyl letters to spell out words such as ‘love’, ‘hope’, or ‘faith’ on the wall in your living room can be very welcoming and inviting. Or you can spell out names, mottos, or favorite quotes. Vinyl letters are ‘clings’ that do just that – cling to your wall, so you don’t have to worry about them damaging the paint on your wall.
These ideas are representative of just a few of the options that are available to you when it comes to dressing up your ho-hum apartment walls. You should also consider that some landlords or apartment managers will permit you to change the color of paint in a room if you sign a special addendum to your lease that states that you will return the color to its original state before your lease ends or before you move out of the apartment.
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