Decorating a new place can be a real challenge, especially when living in a rental home. Most rentals have tough rules to abide by: some landlords don’t allow any constructions, others ask you not to nail items to the walls, and others want their white walls white.
If the apartment you live in is bland or has unappealing features, revamp it with these simple ideas.
1. Enliven the Space with Plants and Flowers
Natural elements can make an apartment feel warm and inviting. Place flowers on your coffee table and position plants beside your sofas. Complete the look by placing a pot of herbs on your kitchen windowsill. Plants and flowers give your home a lived-in look and lots of appeal. You can also use large plants to hide room flaws or unsightly features you don’t love.
Don’t worry about not having a green thumb; there are several good options such as spider plants or peace lilies that are easy to grow and survive in less than perfect conditions.
2. Invest in Comfortable and Multifunctional Furniture
Sleeper sofa via Neiman Marcus
Most people who live in apartments buy furniture for its size or price, and huge investments in interior design don’t always make sense. But that doesn’t mean you can’t personalize you home with beautiful things. Comfort should be a priority when buying beds or living-room sofas, but comfort also means having room to move. Space will probably be at a premium in a rental apartment, and multi-functional pieces of furniture can be a real help when it comes to maximizing this.
Update the look of your living-room with a nice, comfortable sleeper sofa. More than just a design element, a comfy sofa can serve a multitude of purposes; it’s perfect for taking a nap, watching movies, wrestling the dog, you name it! Plus, it will come in particularly handy when your in-laws come to visit or you have friends sleeping over.
If you’re rather tight on space, consider getting a sleeper lounge chair or customizable modular furniture which you can move around, depending on your specific needs.
3. Spruce up Your Walls with Decorative Art
Photo wall in modern living room via RENTCafé
If you can use nails in your rental apartment, hang décor items on the walls. Most people usually hang paintings and photos on walls after everything is in place, but this is the wrong way to go about it. If you wait too long to hang decorative items, you’ll move before you do.
Hang artwork, pictures, or a set of items. Put your family photos on display to enhance the comfort of your home. You can also create a photo wall with pictures. If you want to steer clear of nails, use adhesive removeable wall murals, decorative privacy screens, or tall framed wall art that can be leaned against the wall.
4. Change Lighting Fixtures
Well-lighted apartment via RENTCafé
If your landlord has no objections, hire an electrician to replace the existing fixtures with modern, stylish ones. You may have to hire an electrician again to replace the lighting when you move out, but it’s a small price to pay for comfort. During the day, be sure to open the windows to let in light. If you can’t change them, consider table and floor lamps that can instantly add ambiance to your apartment home.
5. Infuse Color throughout your Interiors
Happy interior via Delikatissen
If you can’t paint the walls of your apartment, add color through textures and fabrics. Hang bold curtains on the windows and get a matching sofa. Fabric is a great and inexpensive way of adding color and texture to a room. You can also add color through removeable wallpaper/contact paper or removeable wall decals. Wall decals are easy to install and peel on and off quickly. They come in a range of patterns and colors and can be used on walls in various ways.
Cherry Blossom Tree Vinyl Wall Decal via Etsy
Just because you live in a rental apartment doesn’t mean you can’t spruce it up. Use these decorating ideas to give your temporary home a personal touch. You don’t have to carry out a full-scale renovation, just change a few elements.
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