8 Rental-Friendly Decorating Tips

Posted by Glenn Bancroft

Living in a rental unit isn’t without its challenges. First and foremost, the space may not feel like yours. Since you can’t paint or make permanent alterations, it can be challenging to feel at home. But don’t fret. We’ve compiled some rental-friendly decorating tips to help you make it your own.

  1. Change what you can

Look for small things that you can switch out temporarily. Light switch plates and cabinet drawer pulls can be replaced with fixtures more to your liking. Just be sure to hang on to the originals and return them to their proper locations before you move out.

  1. Use rental-friendly removable wallpaper

Most landlords won’t let you paint, which means you’re stuck with neutral-colored walls. Try out peel and stick wallpaper as a temporary option. Make sure it’s the removable type so you can take it down before you leave.

  1. Make Command Strips your friend

You don’t want to put too many holes in the walls of your rental. Instead, hang pictures, fairy lights, tapestries, and more using Command Strips. Make sure you’re using the right size for the weight of the item you’re hanging.

  1. Green it up

Use houseplants to make your rental feel homey. Philodendrons, rubber figs and spider plants are easy to grow and don’t require much upkeep. Place them in brightly colored planters and place them strategically throughout your place. If you don’t have a green thumb, go with artificial plants.

  1. Use rugs to your advantage

Some rentals can look rather bland in the color and design department. Rugs are an easy and affordable way to add color, texture and interest to your new place. An added bonus: rugs absorb the sound of you or your pets walking. That way, you don’t distract your downstairs neighbors.

  1. Brighten things up

Apartment lighting sometimes doesn’t do much to create ambiance. Look to floor and table lamps to not just illuminate the space but to tie the room together. Lampshades can add color and texture. Lamps in matched pairs provide a polished appearance to your space instead of a haphazard, thrift-store feel.

  1. Invest in Luxurious Bedding

Sumptuous bedding will not only make your rental look great, but it feels wonderful too! Include tons of plush throw pillows and soft, textured throws. You’ll thank yourself every night when you nestle into your luxurious sheets and blankets.

  1. Splurge on Key Pieces

Splurge on furniture that makes your rental feel more like yours. If you’ve had your eye on an uber cushy reading chair or an antique china cabinet, go ahead and get it. Use the piece as a focal point for your rental decorating endeavors.

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Updated: 14th August, 2019 8:02 AM.