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Decorating tips: Making a rental space your own

In this undated publicity photo provided by courtesy Kyle Schuneman, stencils create the look of patterned wallpaper on a rental apartment wall for a burst of color as seen in "The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces," by Kyle Schuneman (Potter Style, 2012). (AP Photo/Courtesy Kyle Schuneman, Joe Schmelzer)
In this undated publicity photo provided by courtesy Kyle Schuneman, stencils create the look of patterned wallpaper on a rental apartment wall for a burst of color as seen in "The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces," by Kyle Schuneman (Potter Style, 2012). (AP Photo/Courtesy Kyle Schuneman, Joe Schmelzer)
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It's yours, but it isn't. A rented apartment or house can be a wonderful place to live, and a challenging place to decorate. The restrictions are many: Landlords often want their white walls to stay white. Many won't let you do even the most minor construction. Some even ask renters not to nail anything to the walls. Complicating things further, many rental properties have small rooms and no-frills, builder-grade light fixtures, doors and cabinetry with ...

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