Hey Fam! It’s been years as renters for us, so I wanted to round up some of my tried and true, favorite ways to add personal flair to a rental home and share them with you. Just because you live in a rental does not mean you can’t put loads of personal touches and style into your space. You also have a unique opportunity to work with what’s already there, which may seem tricky at first, but can actually be lots of fun. Read on to see some of my favorite tricks I’ve used over the years to make our rentals feel like home.
Accessories are your closest friends
The sky is the limit when it comes to accessorizing your apartment or rental home. Let’s first think bigger ticket items like area rugs, furniture, large mirrors, curtains, and shelving. These are all opportunities for you to infuse your personal style into the space in a big way. Hate the carpet? Cover it with a rug you love. Wish it had a cozy fireplace? Purchase a faux one. Consider these investment pieces more seriously as these will be the larger items that will anchor the room. And then you can also focus on smaller touches like throw pillows, art work, funky vases, homey baskets, coffee table books, your favorite houseplant and so much more. These smaller items are a great way to add style on a budget!
Rethink your layout
Just because that room was meant to be a bedroom doesn’t mean you can’t use it as your home library instead or that walk in closet as a hidden work nook. Think outside the box (literally) and repurpose rooms to work for your unique needs. You can even remove doors to help give a small, closed space a more open feel. Switch the dining room and living room, experiment with bedroom placement, play around with ideas to create a layout that works for you.
Give your cabinets a facelift
Cabinets can make or break a kitchen. If your rental kitchen is feeling stale and you’re not allowed to paint the cabinets, consider switching out the hardware with something bold and modern or colorful and quirky. My favorite way to breathe life into old kitchen cabinets, is to remove the door, giving it a more open shelving kind of feel. You can even line the back of the cabinet wall with wallpaper (or regular paper & double sided tape) for a super personal flare. This adds color and personality without breaking the bank.
Let the light in
Lighting is what sets the mood for a room, so don’t shy away from experimenting with it. Even in apartments we’ve lived in that felt dark and dingy, they have felt so much more lively once we removed the blinds and let the light in. I am huge fan of natural light and big, open windows but you can also play around with lighting in the form of light fixtures, string lights, lamps etc. A cute little strand of white Christmas lights can give any space an instant dose of cozy.
Any space can be styled
Lastly, remember, that literally any space can be styled using some basic design techniques. No matter how low the ceilings or how plain the paint color, you can still add a focal point in every room or incorporate a rocking color scheme through your accessories. Any space can be transformed when you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get creative. You’ve got this, and I hope this gives a few fresh ideas of where to start.
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