Decorating a rental can be challenging; You want it to feel like home but you cannot even change the paint color!
Moreover, you probably do not want to spend a lot of money on decorating an apartment that you may leave by the end of your lease.
That is why we have gathered here some inexpensive and temporary ways to improve your space.
These ideas are perfect for a rental or anyplace you would like to transform without changing.
First and foremost
Keep in mind that the question is not: Should I even decorate a rental?
You should definitely decorate your rental! Even if it is in small, temporary ways.
Even though you may not be here for long, ignoring the things you dislike about your home and avoiding putting your mark on it will just make it feel less of a home, and who wants that?
Even rentals deserve love and care!
Thereby the question should be: How do I decorate my rental?
And we are here to help you answer that question.
Temporary wall decor
Things like temporary wallpaper for example can really liven up any space.
This material is great to use for those little spaces that need an impact but nothing overwhelming.
Or you can even choose to add a wall decal to any wall, giving the room a whole new personality with minimal cost.
Or maybe tile tattoos, they are little tattoos or cover-ups for your tile. The adhesive can be easily installed and removed and is expected to last for years.
Any room looks better with quality lighting, that is a fact.
Luckily, swapping out a lamp or two is not hard, and it can make a huge difference and really brighten up your rental.
You can also Focus on expanding your collection of stylish floor and table lamps, and you can always take these with you if you decide to move.
Cover up your windows
Bare windows and basic hotel-like curtains give the impression that this is indeed a temporary place.
Instead, find some inexpensive and easy to hang curtains that you really like. Something that suits your personality and your style.
A beautiful curtain can utterly transform the room, even if you plan to keep it open. Framing your windows with this personal touch adds a lot of character to your space.
Invest in nice area rugs
Rugs infuse the room with comfort and they make a house a home.
In a studio apartment or an open plan design, throw rugs are a great way to define and separate living areas. Plus, a nice rug is yours forever, so do not be afraid to invest in a nice one if you really like it.
Liven up your rental
Nothing livens up a space more than live plants, even the smallest ones go a long way in adding life and color to your place.
No matter how big or small the space is, or how much sunlight you get, you can always find something that will work.
Upgrade the hardware
Changing the nubs and pulls can give a new life to your kitchen cabinets.
Or, you can take the doors off of all of the cabinets if you do not like them and place some attractive patterned paper in them for an open look that is really unique and fun.
Same goes for the bathroom, an antique faucet for example can make that old bathroom look retro instead of outdated.
Add some color to your furniture
If you are not permitted to paint your walls you can always incorporate color or pattern by painting the back of a bookshelf ,the taller the bookshelf is, the better.
Or you can even paint a chair or a coffee table, choose a vibrant color that complements the rest of your decor and that item can be the focal point of the room.
When choosing furniture, think versatile
In small spaces, versatile furniture is a brilliant solution to a lot of problems.
A sofa bed for instance can be very functional in a studio apartment. Or ottomans that contain storage space, or coffee tables that transform into dining tables. All these are creative solutions for small rental apartments.