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Blue wall with framed print and lampshade, source love your new apartment. There's just one problem: Those bare walls! They're blank because your landlord made you sign on the dotted line, promising no drilling and no nail holes.

Relax. With a little creativity you can decorate your apartment's walls and make your new home look fabulous -- without breaking the terms of your lease.

Step One: The Tablescape

Identify the heaviest and/or largest pieces in your collection of wall decor. I'm talking framed posters, paintings and large framed photographs. Now position each one atop a piece of furniture and accent with smaller items. You are creating what interior decorators term tablescapes. Lucky you: tablescapes are totally fashionable right now.

Step Two: Stick 'em Up!

3M Command adhesive products are a godsend for renters. The company sells an array of stick-on hooks, clips and mounting strips. The line now includes adhesive hooks specifically for hanging sawtooth and wire-backed art works. Where was all this awesome stuff when I was renting?!

Warning: be sure to follow removal instructions to the letter. Trying to pull these stickies off too hastily can really mess up a paint job. Not that I know from personal experience you understand. (Cough, cough.)

For unframed posters, your best bet is Elmer's Tack 'N Stik or any similar sticky, tacky product. Yes, you will feel like you're back in high school, but tack is cheap, it works and it is way easier to remove than adhesive strips or hooks.

Step Three: Artful Decorating

Folding screens make handy and very attractive art display surfaces when positioned close to a wall. If you're on a tight budget, remember screens can often be picked up for cheap at thrift stores or garage sales.

Use visual tricks to disguise whatever bare expanses of wall are left. Tall vases and framed posters draw the eye upwards, as do tall torchiere-style floor lamps.

If you want some general picture-hanging tips, check out yesterday's post from Chris, my fellow DIY blogger!

Finally, trip on over to AOL Living. GMC Trade Secrets host, Kelly Edwards, shares a couple of her own fantastic (and super-easy) no-hole picture hanging hints in this quick video clip.

Next Week: Negotiating Around the No-Drill, No-Nail Rule


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