Spending a lot of time at home has activated a dormant decorating gene in many of us—and we have the shelfies and Pinterest boards to prove it. Still, even the most Instagram-ready rooms can benefit from a reboot every so often to bring new energy to familiar surroundings. Fortunately for renters and those of us who don’t have the time, budget or power tool prowess required of a large scale renovation, there are plenty of no demo home decor ideas for updating your space that won’t leave a trail of dust behind and can be easily switched up should you crave another change soon.
Reorienting your furniture, sprucing up your walls, adding dramatic accents (minus any drilling) and drawing the eye to unused areas can change the flow of a room and lead to a whole new look. Here, 12 easy ideas to help renew your living spaces.
Transform Your Walls
Install A (Movable) Wall Mural
This highly-rated wall mural is easy to apply—it’s backed with an adhesive that sticks smoothly to your wall, and later removes in strips that won’t take off your paint. Designed to cover 81 square feet, the botanical landscape brings a blank, boring wall to life, whether in your bedroom or living room.
Hang Oversized Artwork in Pairs
Just changing the scale and symmetry of the artwork you display can dramatically shift the vibe of a room. Minted sells oversized prints in pairs, like this stunning set, along with others from independent artists that look great side by side.
Add A Backsplash Instantly
This peel-and-stick backsplash has racked up more than 1,000 reviews on Amazon for being easy to install and durable. It has a stay-put adhesive and waterproof finish, and comes in 12-inch by 12-inch sheets that you can cut to size to create the look of tiles in your kitchen or bathroom.
Change The Scene With Mirrors
Floor-length mirrors reflect light into your space and also make any room feel bigger by creating the illusion of depth. Go for a curvy shape, which adds a visual pop and contrasts against the straight lines of furniture and other pieces in your surroundings.
Switch Up Your Lighting
Hang Plug-In Pendants In Unexpected Places
Overhead pendants look beautiful and help define a space but can be difficult to install on a whim. This plug-in version from George Oliver solves that problem thanks to a swag hook so you can position it anywhere. Rather than placing the pendant directly over a sofa or dining room table, consider less obvious spots, such as the corners of a room or near the windows to create a reading or hang-out nook.
Cast An Atmospheric Glow
Inexpensive light projectors work remarkably well to bathe your surroundings in soft tones that really change the mood of a room (and make for great Instagram shots). The Balkwan projector comes in three different hues (sunset red, sky twilight and rainbow purple) and has a head that can be rotated 90 degrees for different lighting angles.
Conquer And Divide Interior Spaces
Go For Modular Furniture You Can Rearrange Easily
This modular sofa is designed with pieces that can be pulled together or apart to create different seating arrangements, which can change the orientation—and flow—of your living or family room without having to buy multiple items of furniture.
Partition A Room With Bookcases
When you can’t put up walls or hang sliding doors, a two-sided bookcase is a creative— and sculptural—way to visually divide a room and create separate zones (for eating, sleeping, studying).
Artfully Conceal With Room Screens
Modem and cable wires, air conditioning units, old radiators…a chic paneled screen hides what you don’t want to see in a room so you can focus on the more appealing aspects. While you can find a lot of cheaper options, West Elm’s Tiered Cecilia Screen is well made and sturdy so it stands firmly in place and comes in a selection of beautiful fabrics.
Create A Focal Point With Oversized Greenery
Tall potted plants and trees draw the eye up, which can make a small room seem larger and more expansive. Nearly Natural’s travelers palms go up to eight and a half feet tall (see the giant version here) and look very realistic—to the point where guests will ask how often you have to water your plants.
Dress Up Your Floors
Redo Surfaces With Peel-and-Stick Tiles
Redoing your floors can be a huge investment and headache, but these peel-and-stick floor tiles are a smart alternative. Ideal for small spaces—like a bathroom, laundry room or entry way—the tiles are thick enough to hold up well over time and are easy to cut and lay down, which has earned them 1,000-plus five-star reviews on Amazon.
Stencil Your Floors
Of all the pandemic home projects that have populated Instagram, here’s one that doesn’t require professional skills and can be done on a weekend: Stenciling your tiles or floors adds a geometric accent that elevates your surroundings. This graphic pattern has been purchased more than 75,000 times on Etsy and gets high marks for being versatile enough to use on everything from kitchen floors to stairway surfaces.