Living in a rental may at first seem like a somewhat restrictive option. It’s not like you can knock down walls to configure the space to the home of your dreams and expect to get your security deposit back. But while there are definitely some restrictions—that you should discuss with your landlord well before moving in—there are tons of ways to make your little rental apartment the style-forward gem you want it to be. Think big and fake a kitchen backsplash or spruce up a sad wall with some fresh removable wallpaper.
Alternatively, go small. Even swapping out the little things here and there can make a big difference in having a home that feels customized. And the good news? The little things tend to also be the least expensive. For more on how to make your rental feel more you, read on to discover every small switch you can make.
Alternatively, revamp your lighting altogether with a statement light fixture. With so many design-focused options available, it’s almost like having an art piece on display in your apartment. Often times apartments can be tiny, cramped, and devoid of any built-in lighting to begin with; if this is the case, you’ll need to add your own. Try a sculptural tabletop piece (Squirrel Cage Desk Lamp, Sturlesi Shop, $72) or a chic sconce (Lunar Sconce, Etsy, $635) If you don’t have a blank canvas, easily swap out ugly ceiling lighting for a more design-driven pendant light (Aion Wood Lamp, Etsy, $176.81).
If there’s anything you can do to make your early morning, pre-coffee pre-work shower a little more luxurious, do it. Not only will a new shower head probably look heaps better than whatever dated device it’s replacing, but picking the right one for you enables you to control water quality and pressure—the combination of which can literally make for a healthier shower. Buy an easy-to-install, easy-to-clean option (The Original Chrome Shower Head, Shower Clear, $275) or one with a specialized filtration system (Prestige Handheld Vitamin C Shower Head, Aroma Sense, $125) to immediately revamp your bathroom.
Just be sure you hold onto the original shower head to put it back on before you move out!
Replace chipped door handles or doorknobs to give every entrance a fresh look. Of course, you could go the extra step and paint your actual door… however for those with budget restraints (or strict landlords), upgrading the doorknob alone is a far more economical way to make a difference without risking the wrath of the leasing office. A simple, timeless option (Classic Hardware Knob, Pottery Barn, $7.50) is always a safe bet for a polished look.
There are literally so many options for ways to upgrade your windows, you should never have to suffer through dingy blinds that look like they haven’t seen a cleaning supply since 1972. Curtains are the easiest way to instantly make any room look elevated, so go all out and pick coverings that suit the style of each part of your home.
Something that lets light stream through and takes up the full length of your wall (Pom Tassel Curtain, Anthropologie, $62.40-$86.40) will heighten even the smallest of living rooms, making it feel instantly bigger. Go the bohemian route with a woven hanging (Meadowsweet Macrame Panel, Urban Outfitters, $89) for a more unique accent that’ll tie the whole room together.
See more ideas for decorating your rental:
6 Easy Fixes for Tall Kitchen Cabinets
How to Fake a Backsplash in a Rental
11 Tips to Make Your Rental Feel Like You Own It
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