Add Temporary Pizzazz to Living Spaces (You Might Keep Them Forever!)

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Add Temporary Pizzazz to Living Spaces (You Might Keep Them Forever!)

You don't have to settle for white walls and spaces with no character (my last apartment!) when it's so easy to change it up. If you want to add a little bit of life to your apartment or home, without the headache of having to undo it when you move, try some temporary design ideas. Whether you're wanting to add some color to a room or more light, these suggestions will get you pointed in the right direction. So forget the paint brush and try some some quick and easy design options instead. (If you are renting, be sure to talk to your landlord before making any changes to your apartment -- you'll be glad you did.)

wallpaperPeel-and-Stick Wallpaper

When it comes to boring, white walls, consider temporary wallpaper to liven up spaces. Many options exist for peel-and-stick wallpaper that can easily be removed when you're tired of it or when you're ready to move to a new home. Home improvement stores offer some options but there are many more online.  Even wallpapering one wall can change the feel of a room.  In addition, there's no need to hire a professional to install it.  Give it a try today!


By increasing the amount of light in your space, you can improve the openness and mood of a room. If you can't physically add recessed lighting or sconces, opt for more lamps, bigger lampshades, and high wattage, energy efficient bulbs.  Even changing your draperies from heavy and dark to light and airy can make your home feel immensely different.  

  • Table and floor lamps
  • Multi-light fixture above the dining table
  • Rope lighting under cabinets
  • Swap out heavy draperies for lighter, airy versions



Area rugs can bring a room to together, create instant warmth, and reduce noise. Rugs help anchor furniture and designate a space, making it feel unified. For example, a large livingroom area rug that fits all of your furniture will create a comfortable cohesive space for you and your family. 

A brightly colored rug will to take a room from boring to exciting.  A light colored carpet can brighten a space and even give the illusion of more space. If you're staging your home, you might even consider renting a rug.  

  • Rug under your kitchen/dining table
  • Large area rug that fits all of your livingroom furniture
  • Entryway rug
  • Sisal rug for the patio
Faux Backsplash

If you want to freshen up the bathroom or kitchen, add a faux backsplash. These can be purchased at local home improvement stores and online.  Most have a sticky back, like a strong Post-It®, and can be installed without professional help. Not only will a backsplash add some style but the space will look cleaner too.  Even better, it's easy to clean using a soft cloth and warm, soapy water.


Whether you own or rent, adding some temporary pizzazz to your place will make your time there much more enjoyable. Some beautiful wallpaper on one bedroom wall, a large standing lamp in the corner of the livingroom and a colorful rug can change the whole feel of your home.  When it's time to move on, everything can be "undone" and the new owner left with a clean slate. As a renter, your landlord may even want to keep some of the "upgrades". So get out there and find some temporary design elements and to make your house more of a home.

Janelle D.

I've worked in the real estate sector for more than a decade and enjoy sharing my knowledge on the subject and researching the latest trends. In my free time I like to craft, spend time with my family and dog, participate in outdoor activities like hiking, and I'm passionate about photography.

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