I’ve lived in various rental apartments for three and a half years now, so I wanted to share a couple of my favorite tricks to improve your rental and make it feel more like a “home”.
1. Spruce up the walls: Even if you’re not allowed to paint (be sure to ask, many times landlords or management will say yes) you can still add a personal touch to boring walls. Add removable wall decals, removable wallpaper, art, shelving, etc.
2. Utilize smart storage: Furnish your apartment with dual function items. A coffee table with drawers for extra storage, risers in your kitchen cabinets for added shelf space, wall-mounted shelving that won’t take up floor space, etc. You can even use storage as decor for your place- scarves or hats hung on the wall in fun groupings, jewelry displayed in vintage bowls, etc.
3. Update your hardware: One of the quickest and easiest ways to add a punch of personality and upgraded look to your bathroom or kitchen: new hardware. And you can easily take it with you when you leave and put the old hardware back on. Drawer and cabinet pulls and even switch plate covers on lights and outlets are affordable changes to make and you’ll still get your deposit back! You might also be able to temporarily upgrade lighting fixtures in your apartment if your landlord or management allows… never hurts to ask and can make a huge difference.
4. Improve your floors: There are a couple solutions to better flooring if you’re up for the task. The miracle grout pen will work wonders on tile flooring and give your space a cleaner, newer feel. If you’re stuck with carpeting, look out for Groupon deals for discounted carpet cleaning services. And if the carpet is beyond repair, invest large area rugs to cover up old stains and wear. Same goes for wood floors- a deep clean and polish/shine will refresh the wood and if there are problem areas, try a large rug to cover them up.
5. Personalize: Adding touches of color, pattern and texture can make a huge impact on a rental. Capitalize on those three elements with interesting textiles: throw pillows, window curtains, bedding, shower curtains, and rugs can add visual interest to a rental and are all a great way to showcase your personal style. Lastly, adding art and accessories around your space will draw your eye away from problem areas and highlight your beautiful decor instead.