When you’re moving into a rental you can only go so far when it comes to decorating your home. It’s unlikely that your landlord will let you make any permanent changes to the space, or at least ones that can’t easily be undone when you move out. However, while you may be stuck with the dated kitchen appliances and ugly carpet, it is possible to decorate a rental apartment in a way that will make it feel personal and unique to your style, without compromising your security deposit or relationship with your landlord.
Here are a few ideas.
- Lay an area rug. Flooring is one of the most prominent elements in a space. If you’re living in a home with stained carpet or less-than-appealing linoleum, area rugs can be your saving grace. Purchase one almost the size of the room (yes, it’s ok to layer an area rug over carpet), and take it with you when you go.
- Swap out lighting. Lighting is one of the most often overlooked elements you have control over in a rental. Most light fixtures that look permanent (ceiling lights, chandeliers, sconces) aren’t all that hard to change out, and can make a world of difference in a space. Just be sure to keep the original fixtures and hardware in a safe spot so you can put them back when your lease is up. (If you aren’t an electrical expert, be sure to call an electrician before making any changes).
- Hang art. Wall art is one of the most effective ways to put a stamp on your home, and it’s typically fine with landlords, too (it pays to double check, though!). a gallery wall or large statement piece can also serve as a focal point for a room and distract from any less appealing features.
- Try temporary solutions. Not allowed to paint the walls in your place? You don’t have to settle for living in a white box. Removable wallpaper has become increasingly common over the last few years: you’ll be able to find hundreds of hues and prints that’ll help you easily create a statement wall or add some color to your space.
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