So, you're looking for ways on how to decorate your rental apartment so you can keep your landlord happy and your deposit well within reach. Renting a house or apartment can be a great way of saving some money before diving into the world of home-ownership. However, the downside of renting is that you have to live by your landlord's rules when it comes to decorating your new home. If you plan on getting your deposit back or a good recommendation from your landlord that you may need when you move, you should make sure to follow these 8 tips on how to decorate your rental apartment!
1. Accent Wall
Before deciding to follow this, or any, of these tips on how to decorate your rental apartment, check with your landlord to make sure you are allowed to paint your walls, as long as they are painted back to white before moving out. Most leases allow you to do whatever you please to your new place, as long as it is returned to the way it looked when you moved in. If you really want to paint, try painting accent walls instead on an entire room. An accent wall is just one wall that is painted a bold color to make your room pop! This way, when you do move out, you only have one wall to paint over!
2. Wallpaper Alternative
Not able to wallpaper your rented home? Then try adding wallpaper to plywood panels and leaning them against your walls instead! Not only is it a cheap way of adding colors and patterns to any room, but you can also change your color scheme as often as you want! Be warned that if you are thinking of wallpapering a room and taking it down when you move out, it is a lot harder then you think! So seriously consider this wallpaper idea instead!
3. Decorative Bed Set
The thing that sticks out most in your bedroom, is your bed. Thus, it's a very good idea to invest in a nice and decorative bed set. Make sure to stick with brighter colors or a unique design. Having a boring bed set in a room that you can't paint or remodel will leave your whole bedroom feeling drab. Toss some decorative throw pillows or a throw blanket on your bed to add even more color or design. It may also be good to invest in a nice wooden bed frame with storage. Will add a cozier feel to your rented space as well as giving you more room for your things! Much nicer then a boring and ugly metal bed frame.
4. Add Modular Storage
Modular storage is great for rented properties! Not only will it fit any size or shape room, but it's also easy to remove at the end of a tenancy. Plus, having open display modular storage will allow you to display all your personal possessions, giving your home even more personality and design! If you want your modular storage to match your color scheme more, buy cube bins to slide in and out of certain modular storage cells. Any basket or decorative box will do if it fits. Try color coordinating your personal items in your modular storage unit to add something extra to your room's design.
5. Statement Lighting
I feel like lighting is the one thing that is always overlooked when someone moves into a rental. You might not be able to change the positioning of your rental's lights, but whether it's with lamps, lanterns, candles or statement pendant lights, you can control the level and color of the lighting in your home. Brighter spaces give a warmer and happier feel to any room! Get a gorgeous chandelier to take the place of that boring bulb light in the center of your living room ceiling, or add oriental lantern balls to your bedroom's lights for added color and design. Floor lights and table lights can also be added to almost any room, and don't forget to properly light your closet as well!
6. Photo Frames
Do you have a lot of photos that you want to put on display? Create a picture frame wall! It's the prefect way to disguise a boring white wall as well as take you and your guests down memory lane. Try using different sized and colored frames together or customize your photos to all be the same hue. Instagram pictures are great to use because their filters give a unique look to your photos that will add a design element for your wall. Try to view your photos as you would any other piece of artwork for your home.
7. Wall Decal Stickers
Wall decal stickers are a great way to add your own style to your home without angering your landlord. They're completely removable, so they won't cause any hassle when you move out. There are tons on Etsy, Dalidecals, and even in your major department stores. This is another great way to decorate if you find yourself wanting to change your rooms styles often. You can even incorporate shelving into your decals to give a 3D effect, such as hanging hooks at the branch ends of a tree decal as a quirky and fun coat rack!
8. Statement Rugs
Whether you have wooden floors, laminate or carpet, you'll need to protect them to protect your deposit. Plus, you should see it as another opportunity to decorate your home! A statement rug can change the look of a room as well as keeping the floor clean. Pretty much a win-win. If you think your room is missing a little pizzaz, find a large area rug with an awesome design that matches your color scheme. You don't realize how much a rug changes a room's look and feel until it's in there, trust me!
Just because you are renting a place doesn't mean you shouldn't redecorate it to fit your lifestyle. You will be spending at least a year or more in that space so you need to be happy and comfortable! Don't upgrade anything in the apartment either and expect to be reimbursed unless your landlord agrees to it prior. What ways have you decorated your rental space that still helped get your deposit back?
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