Owning a home can be a huge commitment. Whether your job requires you to move a lot for work, or you simply aren’t ready to pull the trigger, renting is often the easiest housing solution. Most of the time people rent a space for one to two years, making decorating an apartment tricky. Even though you can’t make any permanent changes to the space, there are still plenty of ways you can make your apartment feel like a home. Just because your space is temporary, doesn’t mean it can’t be chic! To help you learn how to decorate an apartment, we’ve complied several ways you can get rid of the renting blues with any budget.
Experiment With Removable Wallpaper
Though traditional wallpaper is often a permanent solution, many companies now produce temporary self-adhesive options. Available in a plethora of prints, colors and patterns, adding wallpaper to your rental is an easy way to add personality to any room. Whether you add an accent wall in your bedroom or cover an entire room with it, removable wallpaper can easily be taken down when it’s time to move out. If you’re looking for a DIY project, removable wallpaper can also be used to freshen up bookcase shelves or line the inside of kitchen cabinet drawers.
Give Your Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
Though you’ll have to check with your landlord on what is and isn’t allowed, most buildings will let you paint the walls as long as you get the color approved or return them back to their original color when you move out. Though it might seem like a lot of work to paint a temporary space, it goes a long way to making your space feel less like a rental and more like a home. Moody navy walls can add drama and amazing contrast against light woods, or a bright accent wall can add cheer to your space. If you aren’t up for color at the very least, simply freshening up your walls with a new coat of white paint can make your space feel cleaner and brighter.
Let There Be (Stylish) Light!
More times than not, rental apartments come with out-dated light fixtures. Swapping out older fixtures for new chic lights can instantly update your space. Simply keep the old fixtures somewhere safe like in storage or a closet and swap them back out when it’s time to move out. Adding more lighting options in a rental can be a great way to improve the ambiance of your space as well. Floor lamps, bathroom vanity lights, and under the cabinet lighting are small touches that together go a long way to make your space feel complete and homey.
Do Something About Those Outdated Cabinets
If you’re stuck with outdated cabinetry in your kitchen, we feel your pain. Taking up so much space in most kitchens, ugly cabinets can be a giant eyesore. Though most landlords won’t allow you to replace your cabinets, they may let you paint them to an approved color. If painting isn’t allowed either try swapping out the hardware for more stylish options; small changes like new knobs really can make a big impact! Just remember to save the old handles and hardware and swap them back out when your move out.
Hide Ugly Flooring & Carpet With Rugs
When it comes to concealing ugly flooring, rugs are your best friend. Whether you have awful tiling in your bathroom or discolored carpeting in your living room, rugs can help to cover up any unwanted flooring you’d like to forget about. Rugs not only help to disguise problem areas, but also help to tie a room together. From large area rugs in living rooms to runners in your hallways, rugs are great finishing touches that can help to make your home feel more comfortable and expertly designed.