People tend to move around more than ever before and renting has become a very common way of life, either between homes or between jobs. While renting has the benefits of financial freedom and the ability to up and go as you please, it has one enormous flaw: you have to decorate the space within your landlord’s boundaries!
So, how do you make a space feel like your own home when even small changes to the property are often very restricted if not forbidden? Most landlords are fairly conservative, but that doesn’t mean that your landlord will frown on changes that will improve the property – as long as you ask first! Here are 7 different ways you can introduce color, texture and style without losing your deposit.
When you rent, you are rarely allowed to change the position of your ceiling lights, let alone install wall sconces or add more fixtures. But you can replace the old fixtures with a new lighting. Remember to keep the old lighting fixtures, in case the landlord wants them when or if you leave. The light fitting below is a wall lamp, so no hard wiring required (but you can with the kit supplied). It gives rooms a warm glow that rental properties often lack.
A new light fitting can really change the look of your rooms. Pendants, copper fittings, industrial or chandeliers, the range of light fittings is enormous. From Ikea to Amazon you can find lighting fixtures that inexpensive, striking and easy to install.
Some real estate listing websites like Lifull allow you to filter properties; so you know which changes you are allowed to make before you move in.
Depending on the apartment’s overall design, and your own style preferences, you can make a decorating splash using an antique chandelier you found at a flea market or your favorite statement pendant lights. If your living spaces are small, add mirrors to make them feel bigger, add more reflective light and give a great sense of style.
Some rentals come with furniture but its rarely enough storage for the average person. Think outside the box; use wicker baskets in your entry, bathroom or in bookcases for extra functional storage and decorating. You may not want to invest in an entertainment cabinet but you can create the optical illusion of one.
Although Ikea bookcases are affordable and practical, you can become even more creative with cheaper solutions, like a bookcase made from vintage wine or fruit crates.
Storage includes kitchens, which are often in need of the most decorating. What about upgrading appliances using strips of gold contact paper, like this refrigerator?
You may not want to paint the entire kitchen but you can upgrade kitchen cabinets simply by adding new pulls. A set of 18pc Vintage Brass Kitchen Cupboard Door Cabinet Drawer Shell Pulls will set you back $11.99 from Amazon. Not too bad for a brand new look.
Vertical blinds in most rental homes are often outdated, dirty and mostly don’t work! Keep them aside for the landlord who remembers exactly how much they cost when they were installed and look for something clean, fresh and contemporary. There are lots of easy and even no-sew curtain solutions or maybe shutters are a better solution for you.
And this little device will help you do that without drilling holes into the walls, or nails into the doors! Your rods clip in and, when you move, they clip out, leaving everything as it was originally.
A single piece of odd furniture can instantly add style to your space. Painting an old piece of furniture with metallic paint can instantly give your room glamour and something just a little different.
Stump side tables will definitely draw anyone’s eyes, but you can also use cinder blocks for the same purpose.
Some other unconventional choices would be storage ladder, palette coffee table, reclaimed roots as coffee tables, etc.
A great way to lift a space it to add patterns. Unfortunately, living in a rented place means that you probably won’t be allowed to use patterned wallpaper to create an accent wall, but don’t give up just yet. You can use wall paper in other places like the inside of bookshelves or frame them as art.
You can still add some fun polka dots, shabby-chic roses or palm tree leaves by lining the inside of your shelves with wallpaper or fabric. Also, you can add wallpaper to plywood panels and display them as artwork.
Area rugs are another great and affordable way to add some vividness to your rented home.
Artwork is always a great way to add color, texture and character to a room. Now, if your landlord doesn’t allow making holes in the wall, you can still display artwork on shelves, hang it on a rope with clothespins, attach it to the wall using command strips, hook it on a pegboard, or display put it on the floor and display it from the ground up in a gallery.
Renting an already furnished home can keep your upfront costs down. However, it also limits you home decorating style. What if your end up with an orange or grubby sofa?
There’s an easy solution, make or buy a simple sofa cover and add your best decorative pillows!
Besides purifying the air and lowering the stress levels, plants can contribute to your décor efforts and make a rented place feel more like home. Its an easy decorating idea for rented homes.
The best thing about plants is you can take them with you! The garden is another matter. Create a low-maintenance garden using Aloe, Snake plant, Jade, Rabbit’s Ear and Spider plant.
No matter where you live; create a home worth living in, and that you enjoy coming home to. These tiny tips of inspiration should give you decorating ideas for rented homes so you can create a home without losing your deposit or getting into trouble with your landlord.