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Renter-Friendly Ideas to Upgrade Your Walls

Wall with Plants and Paintings in Columbia RentalAs a Columbia renter, blank white walls are a very common sight. But think about that empty wall as a blank canvas, and suddenly you have limitless potential. You can stamp your own personality and style onto that otherwise impersonal empty wall. Make sure you do not alter or damage the wall, though, as most landlords frown upon that. Even then, there are many ways you can safely decorate your rental home. Here are a few creative ideas to take you beyond empty walls without permanently altering or damaging the walls in your home.

Gallery Wall

A popular way to personalize an empty wall is by creating a gallery wall. A gallery wall is more than a few framed photographs; it is a coordinated display of art or photographs arranged with intent and an eye for design. Select a theme color or art pieces in similar styles that complement each other. You can also coordinate your gallery wall by using the same style or color of the frame on each piece. Or, go eclectic with different colors and frames if that is more your style! Go for removable double-sided adhesives to hang the pieces to prevent wall damage.

Natural Beauty

A great way to add natural beauty to an empty wall is by adding plant shelves. Plants add greenery and help keep the air inside your home fresh. Use colorful or interesting pots, as well, for a custom look. It might not be best to use hanging shelves for this. You can use a tall open bookshelf or removable adhesives, instead, to showcase your plants.

Tapestry or Fabric Wall Hanging

Hanging a tapestry, rug, or fabric wall is another unique look for an empty wall. If you are crafty, you could create macrame art or weave fabrics together into a beautiful display. You can also buy vintage fabric, tapestry, or a lightweight rug and hang it on the wall. You can also opt for smaller pieces of fabric arranged in the space. Just ensure that you use removable hangers and adhesives.

Temporary Wallpaper

If hanging things on the wall doesn’t seem to achieve your desired aesthetic, you can also put up temporary wallpaper on your empty wall. This is also a great way for renters to create an accent wall without having to paint or damage the wall to install it. Temporary wallpaper comes in a myriad of styles, from traditional to contemporary. You can go for bold, bright colors or choose softer neutrals. The beauty of this is that you can safely remove the wallpaper when it’s time to move out, ensuring that you get your security deposit back.

Go 3-D

An empty wall is also the best background for your collected items, from hats to baskets. If you have a collection of woven baskets or sunhats, hang them on your wall for a unified display. These lightweight items work well with removable adhesives and will make a lasting impression on your guests. Your wall will stand out with fun and personality when you use it to showcase your favorite 3-D things.


Are you looking for a new rental home that you can decorate to your heart’s content? The Columbia property managers at Real Property Management Midlands might have what you’re looking for. Check out our listings online today!

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