Choosing to rent over buying a home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice personal style. While your rental may be temporary, there are still plenty of creative ways you can decorate the space and make it your own! Here are the top four decorating tips every renter should know.
Lighting sets the tone in your space, and makes a huge impact. Find floor and table lamps that brighten your room, while adding to your aesthetic style. Or hang a pendant lamp to create a pop of color in an otherwise beige area. Battery operated under-cabinet lighting is a great addition to any kitchen, and is easy to install.
Consider taking down generic vertical blinds or hiding them under curtains, but remember not to toss them out! You’ll need them again when you move out to get your security deposit back. Make sure you measure the width and height of your window before shopping. In addition to providing privacy and décor, many drapes have thick liners that will help insulate your rental’s heating and air – meaning lower utility bills. For smaller rooms, long curtains will give the illusion of taller ceilings, while sheer or linen curtains allow more light to enter a darker room. Choose decorative rods to complete the look.
Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize
If your landlord will allow you to paint, create a strong color scheme throughout and find accessories to match. Paint is inexpensive and is the easiest way to change the look of a room. If painting is prohibited, add color and personalization with beautiful throws, pillows, and decorative objects to match your style. Using a few consistent pops of color around the room helps to unify the space, and keeps the focus on the areas of your rental you can control. Complete your design with artwork to tie it all together.
Little details make a big difference, so be sure to replace pulls and knobs in the kitchen and bath to update existing cabinetry. Remember, you can take them with you, so save the old in case you decide to move.
Invest In Area Rugs
Finding the right rug is worth the investment: go for a sturdy rug with natural fibers, or thicker rugs with rubber backing. Not only will your rental appear more stylish and pulled together, but also the rug will help with the noise level if you’re on the second or third floor.
Renters have plenty of options when it comes to decorating. With a little creativity and personalization, your rental will start to feel like home!
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