8 Ways Renters Can Decorate And Still Get Their Deposit Back


One of the perceived drawbacks of renting an apartment instead of buying a home is that you can’t decorate your apartment the way you want to because then you won’t get your rental deposit back. Fortunately, this isn’t really true. Yes, if you make permanent changes to your apartment then you are in danger of losing your deposit. However, there’s no reason why you can’t decorate your apartment in a temporary fashion to reflect your unique design tastes and lifestyle.

The following are eight ways that you can decorate your apartment without being in danger of losing your deposit once you move out:

  1. Use Area Rugs. Nothing ties a room together like an area rug. It’s one of the best ways to add color and pattern to your decor and to bring balance and harmony to your overall interior design.
  2. Use Curtains. Curtains are an excellent way to add color and pattern to your apartment. They also help take away from the blandness of plain white walls and will draw the eye upward, thereby helping to increase the perception of space in the area.
  3. Add Layers. Another easy way to introduce splashes of color and pattern to your apartment is by adding layers to your decor. This means adding throw blankets and pillows to your furniture. Layers like these can also help to add visual warmth to the apartment, something you may want to do during the winter months. This kind of decor can easily be swapped out if you get tired of it.
  4. Choose a Unique Shower Curtain. The bathroom is a tough space to decorate even if you are allowed to make permanent changes. One of the best ways to make your bathroom feel a bit more personal is by choosing a unique shower curtain to help emphasize your bathtub as the focal point of the space.
  5. Use Temporary Wallpaper. You may not be able to paint your walls or put up regular wallpaper, but you can use temporary wallpaper (yes, it’s a thing!). While you may not want to use temporary wallpaper on every wall in your apartment, choosing an accent wall to use it on is a great way to establish a focal point within any given room.
  6. Light Your Apartment. Don’t just depend on the general lighting installed in your apartment. Invest in various light fixtures, from floor lamps and table lamps to globe lamps and pendant lights that you can hang from the ceiling. By paying attention to the lighting design of your apartment, you’ll vastly improve both the function and the look of your space – not to mention that you’ll have way more control over your apartment’s level and color of lighting.
  7. Create a gallery. Make your apartment feel like your apartment by hanging up a large row or cluster of personal photographs or artwork. This is one of the easiest and best ways to distinguish your apartment as being yours and unique from every other apartment.
  8. Add plants. Nothing adds life to a space like actual plant life! By adding both large and small house plants throughout your apartment, you’ll add natural color that helps to create a more calming and peaceful atmosphere. And as a bonus, plants will help keep your apartment air fresh by filtering certain toxins from the air and producing oxygen!

As you can see, there are plenty of ways that you can decorate your apartment in a manner that is not permanent. Use any of these eight tips and not only will you improve your interior design, but you won’t have to worry about losing your deposit.