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    Making Your Rental Homey Part 1

    Painting the rental property’s ugly pea green wall is the easiest way to put your personal stamp on a rental space and landlords that allow you to paint are not rare mythical creatures. They do exist. However, they are few and far between. In the much more common case where the landlord does not allow you to paint the wall, we have looked at some budget and security deposit friendly ways to decorate and make your rental feel homey and the perfect place to escape after a long stressful day.

    Art and Wall hangings are classic and one of the easiest ways to add color and personality to the commonly plain white box that is many rental properties.  Making a few small holes that can easily be filled on moving out (see our cleaning hack blog for more details) is worth the interest art brings to any space.

    The art need not be fancy, or expensive, as there are many prints that are available online for cheap and even better free. You just need to print, find cheap frames and voila, instant art work! Art does not need to be expensive to look good, and often the best pieces are those that use common materials in an interesting way. Interesting patterned or graphic fabrics can also make amazing art and you can create a panel series by using the material as canvas.

    For those that shy away from being creative, many home décor stores carry wall decals that are easy to apply and remove. They are very risk free but can be a bit pricey for the student budget. One of our favorite alternative materials for adding interest to any space and not hurting the bank is Washi Tape.

    Washi Tape

    washitape by pure.sugar is licensed under CC BY 2.0

    For those who are not familiar, Washi tape is similar to masking tape, in that it is not overly sticky, typically easy to remove from most surfaces and commonly used in scrap-booking as it is a nontoxic material that won’t stain photographs. Unlike masking tape however, it comes in a ton of fun colors and patterns. The best part is that it doesn’t cost more then an average roll of duct tape and the design options are only limited by your creativity.

    You can find some great examples of Washi tape wall art on our Making Your Rental Homey Pinterest board.

    Check out our Pinterest for more great decorating ideas and inspiration.

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