Renting? Killer Decorating Tips for a Temporary Stay

On April 2, 2015 by Brooke Chaplan

One of the biggest advantages of renting an apartment is it keeps you mobile and makes it easier to move for a job or any other reason. A big drawback of renting, however, is that it prevents you from being able to customize your living space as much as you might want to. But there are still some things you can do to make your temporary living space feel more like home.

Temporary Wallpaper

Renting Killer Decorating Tips for a Temporary Stay

Since your landlord probably won’t let you paint the walls, you can liven them up with temporary wallpaper. This type of wallpaper just peels off and sticks to your walls. It won’t damage the paint underneath, and you can remove it and reapply it several times without it losing its stickiness. Temporary wallpaper is a great way to give your space some color and character and hide the look of dull or damaged walls.

Area Rugs

Renting Killer Decorating Tips for a Temporary Stay

One of the biggest drawbacks to rented spaces is that they often have cheap, drab flooring. Many rentals have builder-grade carpet that is some shade of beige or very cheap laminate flooring. Colorful area rugs are a good way to cover up these ugly flooring options while also adding some needed color to your space.

Customize Your Cabinets

Renting Killer Decorating Tips for a Temporary Stay

You’d be surprised how much different you can make your kitchen cabinets and drawers look by simply changing out the knobs and pulls. Customizing this way really isn’t that expensive, as most apartment kitchens are fairly small. Knobs and pulls that match better with the rest of your kitchen can make a huge difference. According to Renters Guide for apartments for rent in Liberty Village, you’ll just have to make sure you keep all the old knobs and pulls and replace them before you move out.

Change The Light Fixtures

Light Fixtures for Dining Room

Just as with cabinet knobs and pulls, light fixtures can often make or break a room design. Rental owners probably don’t put a lot of thought into the light fixtures, so your apartment probably has some that are way out of date. You can swap them out with something more contemporary to give your space a modern look. Again, as with kitchen knobs and pulls, you’ll need to keep and store the swapped-out light fixtures so you can change them back when you move out.

Renting an apartment doesn’t mean you have to live in a drab, industrial-feeling space. There are plenty of temporary personal touches you can give to your rented space that are easy to do, and don’t cost a lot of money.

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