Decorating a rental can be a bit of a challenge since you want to make it your own, but also want to leave it in tip-top shape so you can get your security deposit back at the end of your lease. Luckily, there are temporary things you can do to make the apartment you’re renting feel like home.

Peel-Off Wallpaper, Wall Decals, & Tapestries

Take advantage of your wall space when you start decorating. Consider using peel-off wallpaper to create a statement wall — Target has plenty of affordable options! If you’re hesitant to tackle an entire wall, you might feel more comfortable using peel and stick decals. Tapestries also make for harmless wall decor. Use a tapestry as a makeshift backboard for your bed, or to dress up the living room. Society6 and Etsy have lots of unique ones. If you’re feeling crafty, buy a bed sheet and make your own using fabric pens or paint.

Lamps & String Lights

Make any rental feel cozy and homey by bringing in a few different light sources, like table and floor lamps or string lights. You can use Command hooks to hang inexpensive string lights without worrying about causing any damage to the walls. Browse Pinterest and Instagram for simple DIY string light projects, like hanging frameless photos or creating fun shapes out of them. Lamps are also an easy way to personalize your space, especially when paired with unique shades. Plus, using a mix of taller floor lamps and a small table or desk ones can help add dimension to any room.

Stylized Surfaces

Avoid drilling into the walls with rugs, house plants, coffee table books, and mirrors. Rentals tend to be simple with neutral colors, so vibrant rugs help liven up the space. Mix and match different sizes, textures, and patterns to add a bit of personality to your space. You can also decorate tabletops and window sills with color-coordinated stacks of books and house plants or succulents for added pops of color. Instead of hanging up mirrors, consider thrifting a large, antique one and leaning it against a wall — you can even paint it to better match your space. Mirrors are great décor pieces because they make rooms feel bigger and brighter.