The conundrum of making a rented space feel like yours is frustrating, but you deserve to feel at-home in your rental home or apartment. Here are some easy and inexpensive ways that you can get more comfortable and feel like your home reflects your personality.
A Space That Suits Your Needs
Making your home comfortable means making it practical for your specific needs. Grab some modern gadgets from www.touchofmodern.com. Outfitting a space is easy with this one-stop-shop website; they’ve got unique statement art ideal for blank walls, Bluetooth speakers that looks as cool as the music they play, and modern furniture that combines trendy looks and comfort. Modern touches will keep your home décor with the times and require little effort on your part, and your friends—and probably your landlord—will be impressed with how you’ve altered the space.
Every renter has dealt with the frustrations of not being able to paint bland walls. Luckily, some décor companies have found the perfect solution—removable wallpaper. Available in a variety of color schemes, patterns, and designs, this adhesive-backed wallpaper is perfect for the person who wants to revamp a room without arguing with the landlord over a bucket of paint. Easily applied, this wallpaper can be taken off whenever necessary, meaning you won’t lose any of your safety deposit and you’ll have a room you can be proud of. Check out the extensive collection from Grahambrown.com and change the feel of your living room or bedroom in just a couple of hours.
Light It Up
I loathe terrible lighting, and rental homes or apartments are usually rife with hideous fixtures. Luckily, replacing old fixtures with new ones is relatively inexpensive and can completely change the look of your space. Install a modern chandelier in place of a generic light cover and vamp up any room in a jiffy. Make sure you add layers of light; a sleek table lamp on your end table, string lights strategically hung on walls, and free standing lamps are a great place to start. Be sure to replace bulbs with warmer options to give your space a homey feel.
The Power of Hardware
In the same vein of replacing light fixtures, you can replace old, dated hardware around your house. Cabinet handles, drawer pulls, and more—if you don’t like it, swap it for something that’s more your style. Look at a variety of designer knobs and handles and select those that best reflect your desired look. You may not be able to change your cabinetry, but you’d be surprised the effect that something as simple as a decorative handle can have.
If your carpets look like they’ve seen better days and your landlord isn’t in a hurry to have them replaced, there’s an easy fix. Invest in an area rug with a cute design or pattern, and spread it out across your desired floor space. If you do decide to purchase an area rug, make sure you clean it regularly to ensure your family stays healthy and happy.
Drapes and Curtains
Plain windows don’t do much in terms of personality for your space, but adding drapes or curtains quickly transforms a generic builder’s home into a designer space. If you’re one of the lucky renters who actually has a wonderful view, frame it with statement curtains that will draw the eye. If you’re like the majority of renters and face a brick wall or less-than-desirable alley, use sheer curtains that let light in but bring a bit of elegance and personality to an otherwise ugly view.
If you’ve got expansive blank walls that need filling, install several floating shelves. Sparingly choose items to adorn your new shelves. Pops of color and sentimental pieces can combine in a look that’s wholly you, and you’ll be able to change the look of your room without painting.
Bring Nature Inside
Inject some life in your rental. Purchase some plants for display. Decorator pots filled with flowers or long-lasting succulents can add a bit of greenery. Plants have practical purposes, as well. They make air easier to breathe, release water, and offer health benefits. Place them on your new shelves, make a unique plant the centerpiece for your coffee table, or use wall-hanging vases to display nature’s bounty.
Don’t give up on making your space feel like your own even though you’re renting. By getting creative with lighting, natural elements, levels, and wall art, your space can easily be transformed into a place you will love.