Wall decor is central to any apartment-decorating effort, and it's a large part of what makes your apartment look and feel like it's yours. Once you've got some good wall decor ideas, you're just a step away from making your place that much more attractive and welcoming.
More so than furniture, the items you choose for your walls, as well as their placement and arrangement, are unique to you and help you personalize your rental. For example, once you get a bedroom set delivered, your bedroom will probably become one of many with that same set. But once you finish decorating your walls, your apartment becomes unmistakably yours.
We know it can be hard to try and personalize your rented space fully when you have restrictions. However, there are plenty of stylish, non-destructive ways to decorate your walls. Check out 15 of our favorite ideas to get you started.
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It might seem strange to start this list with "nothing." But this is to make an important point upfront: sometimes, adding nothing to a particular part of a wall is the best solution.
With so many attractive options for wall decor out there, you may be tempted to choose what you think would be the best items to place on a particular part of your wall all the time.
But it's always worthwhile to consider the total room decor when focusing on one spot. You may realize that the room has enough wall decor already or that adding wall decor to a certain part of your wall would unnecessarily clutter up that space.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Flat artwork, such as paintings, is what often first comes to mind when reading the words "wall decor," and for good reason. It's not uncommon to find at least some version of it on the walls of a standard apartment. Flat artwork is available in so many varieties that it suits just about every style. From colorful textured canvases to digital creations, flat artwork can enliven your walls.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Family Photos and Other Personal Items
You might have tons of images on your computer or smartphone, but displaying your best photos on the walls of your apartment means keeping friends and family close. They serve as a happy reminder of your favorite people, fun vacations, and cherished memories.
Aside from photos, you may choose to display family heirlooms, religious items, or other pieces that have sentimental value or unique meaning to you, such as an old license plate or a college banner.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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Mirrors, Clocks and Other Functional Items
Certain items that we like to hang on our walls may be decorative but are also quite functional. One of the better-known examples of this is decorative mirrors. They can help you know you're looking good before you leave your apartment, and they can also serve to make an apartment look and feel bigger.
Mirrors aren't your only functional decorative option, though. For example, a beautiful wall clock can serve as a piece of art and ensure you get to places on time. Other examples of functional wall decor include decorative coat racks, bulletin boards, wall-mounted televisions, and accent lighting.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Diplomas, Awards, and Other Signs of Achievement
If you've got a home office in your apartment, displaying a diploma, certificate, or evidence of some professional achievement is a no-brainer. Aside from a home office, you may wish to show off your educational credentials by hanging your framed diploma on the wall. If you've got kids, you can even display evidence of your child's achievements proudly on your apartment walls (in addition to your fridge).Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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Tapestries and Other Textile Art
Printed or painted on heavy cloth and often hung by a decorative rod, tapestries add a touch of class to an apartment. Tapestries are harder to come by than other types of wall hangings, but if you can find one it's certainly worth the hassle. A well-placed tapestry or even an area rug can add warmth and variety to an apartment's decor.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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You can add shelving to your apartment walls on your own or with the help of a friend. Use shelves to store and display a range of items, from books and CDs to candles and knick-knacks. Shelves come in a variety of styles to match your apartment decor. Plus, if you hang multiple shelves on your walls, you can line them up vertically or place them in different ways to add some creativity to their arrangement.
When buying shelving, be sure to measure the wall area to determine how long of a space you need. Also, don't overlook the width, which determines how much space you have between the wall and the edge of the shelf to store items. If you intend to include some books or larger items on your shelves, opt for a wider shelf, such as eight inches, or a corner shelf.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Curios and Other Display Cases
Hanging curio cabinets, in your apartment wall can be the perfect way to show off a collection of small, precious items while keeping them protected. You can, of course, use display cases to showcase anything you like. Swarovski crystals, Fabergé eggs, trinket boxes, porcelain figurines, your collection of interesting vases, and similar keepsakes are ideal candidates for curio cabinets and shelves.
If you're an avid sports fan, you can display autographed baseballs, caps, and jerseys in specialty display cases that you can find online or at a sports memorabilia store.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Sculptures and Other 3D Artwork
A three-dimensional work of art on your wall can attract compliments and easily serve as the focal point of a room. Shadowboxes, metallic designs, embossed tiles, and more can be interesting in themselves while also adding variety to your wall decor.
Sculptures and other three-dimensional works of art that are suitable for your wall can be found online as well as mixed in with paintings and other flat artwork at stores that carry home decor.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Wallpaper and Borders
Putting up removable wallpaper can bring patterns and add multiple colors to your wall that a typical paint job can't accomplish without the same level of hassle as applying regular wallpaper.
If an entire wall still seems like a bit of a project to tackle, you can also add borders, like wallpaper but on a smaller scale. They can add a nice touch to a kitchen or bring cheer and a theme to a nursery.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Posters and Prints
Artwork can be an expensive option, but there are money-saving alternatives you can turn to. Choosing posters or prints that match your decor or showcase your personality is a great way to fill the empty space on your walls. Whether your frame them or hang them up on their own, the use of command strips and other hanging solutions will give you the chance to decorate without fear of damage.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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If you don't want to go all-in with removable wallpaper, wall decals might be an ideal choice to try instead. With so many choices between inspirational quotes, beautiful patterns, and unique shapes, you're bound to find something that will easily work in any room you choose. Plus, their easy-to-peel-off allows for easy repositioning so you can change things up whenever you need.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Simple Floral Touches
Adding plants and flowers to a room is always a favorite when decorating a space. Yet, rather than sticking to setting potted plants on shelves or the floor, try using them on your wall. Faux flowers taped and arranged can create stunning arrangements, or even using small test tubes to create a propagation wall to grow new plants are just a few of the routes you can take.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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Hanging up one or two art pieces is lovely, but if you want to go a bit bigger with the concept, try a gallery wall. You can choose to arrange photos, paintings, or prints in a cohesive style, but this decor trend isn't limited to only paper artwork. You can arrange several personal items or other decor items in a similar fashion to create a maximalist effect.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Use Colorful Lighting
Sometimes the simplest design ideas don't involve the standard home decor. Instead of trying to find something to fill the space, why not decorate with light instead? With a wide variety of multi-color LED lighting options, you can turn a basic white space into a colorful work of art. And if you want to change the mood, it simply takes a simple change of color. No nails or heavy-duty equipment necessary.