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5 Simple Ideas for a Renter-Friendly Accent Wall

5 Simple Ideas for a Renter-Friendly Accent Wall

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Not everyone can afford to buy a home in these times, nor do they want to take on the responsibility of a mortgage. For renters, even the nicest apartments can feel sterile and flat-out boring. Fortunately, there are ways to add personality to apartment décor while staying within your lease guidelines. A renter-friendly accent wall is a perfect alternative to paint and can make your home feel cozier and more inviting.

What’s an Accent Wall?

An accent wall is a wall that is painted or decorated to stand out from other walls in a room. Also known as a feature wall, it’s usually designed as a room’s focal point and typically painted a standout color.

If you’re renting an apartment, you may be limited in decorating choices. Here are a few renter-friendly accent wall ideas that don’t include paint.

Get a Tall Bookcase

Do you want to cover up a blank wall? Invest in a bookcase. The colorful spines of hardcover books add interest to a space. This is an apartment decorating hack that is both beautiful and functional. If you’re in a small living space, your bookcase provides a space to display décor pieces.

Retailers such as IKEA and Ashley Furniture carry a collection of affordable tall bookcases. Multiple bookcases can be installed side by side to cover a long wall.

Ashley Furniture

Check out thrift stores if you don’t have enough books to fill up the space. Thrift store books are a great bargain, starting at as low as $1.

If you want to take your bookshelves to the next level, Etsy sells curated books in a variety of colors for your desired aesthetic.

renter-friendly accent wall

Use Temporary Wallpaper

Temporary wallpaper looks similar to traditional wallpaper, except it can be installed without wallpaper paste. In a nutshell, temporary wallpaper is a giant sticker that can be removed without damaging paint or your wall’s surface.

Over the years, temporary wallpaper has come a long way with various beautiful colors and designs to suit anyone’s decorating aesthetic.

You can use temporary wallpaper to create an accent wall in the living room, bedroom, or you’re your bathroom. Etsy has a plethora of gorgeous temporary wallpapers at affordable prices.


Create a Backsplash

Much like temporary wallpaper, peel-and-stick textures can be placed anywhere you choose. From faux brick, stone, and tile, peel and stick textures come in various designs.

Do you want to cover up a plain kitchen wall? Create a backsplash with peel-and-stick steel tiles to add some oomph to your kitchen.


Hang a Tapestry

Tapestries are an easy way to create a renter-friendly accent wall. We’re all familiar with the boho mandala tapestries, but the designs don’t end there. From photorealistic tapestries to nature scenes, there are plenty of tapestry designs to suit your fancy.


Install Some Curtains

Curtains aren’t just for windows! Curtains can add texture to your walls and are a great alternative to painting. Add as many panels as needed to a curtain rod to cover your stark white walls.

H&M’s home collection offers a ton of affordable curtain options.



A renter-friendly accent wall can enhance your décor and add personality to your space. Just because you’re renting doesn’t mean you have to settle for a bland, cookie-cutter look. Your accent wall can instantly elevate your apartment and make it feel homier.

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