Decorating your living space is one of the most important parts of making your apartment a home. Personalizing your new apartment with decor makes it feel more welcoming. And if you’ve been stuck inside during quarantine, redecorating can be a desperately needed breath of fresh air. Hanging tapestries, photos, or art can turn any bleak and boring wall into paradise. However, having the right tools to put these pieces up is essential — especially in apartments. Be sure to check your lease for your landlord’s requirements! Here are a few solutions to help you decorate your walls without leaving holes.

Text by Makayla Smith

Framed painting on the top right corner of a pink wall
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Adhesive Picture Hangers

These bad boys are your ultimate best friend. They come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and can hold a lot of weight on their own. The best part is that they leave nearly little to no residue on the places where they were hanging.

Message board hung on yellow wall that reads "I see a light in the darkness"

Hook and Loop Tape

Are you looking for the quick way out? Then hook and loop tape is the way to go. Also known as Velcro, these tapes usually have strong adhesive backings on both sides. They’re effective in terms of strength and performance. People have used these as ways to keep up with their keys and remotes and even to fasten chair cushions into place.

Paintings of flowers hung on clothesline.
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Clothespins

Let’s say you don’t want to frame your photos and art. Then try tying an extra clothesline onto hooks on either side of your wall. Then, attach the clothespins to the clothesline and use them to hold your art or photos. It’s a way to display memories that looks like art itself!

Decorative souvenir magnets from travel.
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Magnetic Paint

Surprisingly enough, this is another great alternative to putting holes in the walls. You can use magnetic paint on the back of spare posters, boards, or calendars. It’s most effective when multiple coats are applied, along with a primer. This would make a great place to put up event reminders and invitations, or a sturdy art display.

Collage of Polaroid photos on the wall.
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Adhesive Putty

This product can solve a slew of household issues. It’s sticky, strong, and comes off pretty easily. Plus, adhesive putty can hold up unframed photos and art as well as light canvases for the long haul. Framed pictures keep slipping to one side? Try using a couple of dabs of putty on the back corners. Afraid of knocking a knickknack off of your shelf? Use adhesive putty on the bottom to keep it in place. It’s an all-in-one solution for your decorating needs.