temporary wall coverings: 7 great ideas for when you can’t paint!

I’ve been living in rental spaces for almost eight years now. I have my fingers crossed that soon this phase of my life will end. However, I have managed to personalize my space wherever I go, even if painting was not allowed. I have been amazed at the amount of options I’ve come across just in the last little while. There are so many cool new products and ideas geared for apartment dwellers than there were five years ago. Most of them are inexpensive, too. I had to round up some of my favorites!

7 great wall coverings for when you can't paint! tapestries, temporary wallpaper, DIY removable fabric wallpaper, etc. lots of good ideas! www.prettyprovidence.com

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1. Temporary Wallpaper: Did you know there was such a thing? temporary wallpaper is a pretty new idea. It’s supposed to be easy to apply and remove, but there are mixed reviews. Some people say it is a breeze and others claim it’s impossible! It could be worth a try though… Look at all the pretty designs by Tempaper.
tempaper: temporary wallpaper part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
2. Removable Fabric Wallpaper: Apartment Therapy has a great tutorial on how to make removable fabric wallpaper using fabric starch. It seems very simple too. The thing I like best about this idea is that you can use any fabric you like.
DIY removable fabric wallpaper: part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
3. Real Wallpaper hung in a temporary way:
Maybe there’s a particular wallpaper that you are in love with? You have to have it? Here’s another straightforward tutorial from Apartment Therapy on how to hang it in a temporary fashion using double-sided tape so you do your rental walls no harm and you can take your wallpaper with you when you leave!
4. Tapestry: Urban Outfitters has some amazing and affordable tapestries that can be hung up on your wall, or used as a bedspread or rug! This one (pictured) is gorgeous, the reviews say it is more gold than orange in real life. Which I’m into. I also like this big atlas one.
tapestry - part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
5. Curtains: Hang them from the ceiling to the floor across the whole wall and you have an accent! 
floor to ceiling curtains: part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
6. Foam Board: Cover large panels of foam core in fabric or wallpaper and hang them. You could even just lean them up against the wall.

7. Wall Decals: Basically, giant stickers that claim to be easy to remove or move around whenever you need to without damaging your walls.
wall decals! part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
Also, Ferm Living has some amazing wall stickers (as well as real wallpapers) this sheet of 54 polka dot wall stickers is only $21. I need a polka dot wall!
cute polka dot wall stickers: part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
Bonus Idea:
Bookcases: Yes, it could be argued that having large chunky bookshelves is not practical for a person who is renting and likely to move again soon, but I still had to share this. Bookshelves are so pretty! And I love the idea of having a curtain in front of it too, that can be drawn when you fancy a cleaner look. Then you can brag that your apartment smells of rich mahogany and that you have many leather-bound books.

gorgeous bookcase with curtain - part of a roundup of wall covering ideas for renters! lots of good ideas
image from i suwanee

Have you thought of a creative way to accent a wall when you couldn’t paint? 



If you’re into budget home decor stuff like me, check out the tour of the tiny house I just moved out of, and my latest roundup of super affordable rugs!

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