Ways To Personalize And Spice Up Your Space When You Rent
Personalizing a rental space, a space that isn’t technically yours, is the biggest challenge renters have to deal with.
You cannot make permanent changes unless you are willing to help the landlord fix their property, which is not the wisest financial decision, plus you must seek approval from the landlord.
Some landlords will prohibit any remodelling that might “damage” their properties, sometimes as minor remodels as painting the kitchen or installing hooks on a wall.
So, here you are stuck with a space that isn’t yours, but a space that you desperately need to make it feel as though it is yours if you are to be happy and comfortable in it.
Luckily for you, here are 6 budget-friendly tips to designing a rental space that reflects your personality and that won’t break your lease.
- Bring colour to the walls
You are in luck if your landlord allows you to paint the walls. If you aren’t as lucky, you can still bring colour to and personalize the walls by installing large pieces of art or tapestries.
You can buy canvases at craft stores and design them to your taste, or just buy wall arts from professional painters. You can also spice up bland walls by hanging small artefacts and colourful curtains.
- Rejuvenate the bathroom
The bathroom is the most personal room in any home. It is the space where we go to relax and rejuvenate. It is the space where we take our body insecurities without fearing that anyone will judge- the space where we start and end our day.
That is why bathroom remodelling should be at the top of your renovation agenda in order to make that special space both utilitarian and comfortable.
There are many easy and inexpensive ways of spicing up a rental bathroom without crossing the red line. You can, for example, install a new shower curtain to add a fancy little flair to a dull bathroom.
Install a new toilet seat whose colour matches your home’s theme or bathroom colour scheme. You can also add some small vanity mirrors, shelves, towel bars, and artwork frames. All these changes are completely reversible.
- Area rug
Most floors are made of cheap builder-standard materials because landlords love to take shortcuts and save on cost when building.
They are also not quick to redo highly-worn and ugly carpets because in their eyes, no matter how dated a carpet is, it will always be functional for as long as tenants keep coming.
Add an area rug over the top of your apartment’s old carpet, especially around the high-traffic areas. A new rug will inject texture, contrast, colour, and pattern as per your tastes and preferences.
Cover up every small space on the floor that hasn’t been covered by furniture. That is the least you can do to disguise an ugly floor.
- Install a removable tile backsplash
A peel-and-stick tile backsplash will have a dramatic effect on your rental kitchen. You just stick them on a kitchen wall and when your time to move comes, you just peel them up.
You will probably need to repaint the wall back to its original colour after peeling off the backsplash, but you will not regret it.
- Update the lighting
Changing the lighting in a rental apartment is arguably the easiest home improvement option, but many people often overlook its significance. Lighting upgrade, e.g. chandeliers or other stylish fixtures, will improve the ambience and the style of your home.
That will make a whole lot of difference in your rental home, and you can always carry the new fixtures with you when relocating. Also, if you are a plant lover, then this added feature will inarguably help grow your plants.
There are new LED grow lights in the market, which despite helping your plants grow, are also a great decorative feature for any home.
- Change the cabinets
An outdated kitchen or bathroom cabinets make your whole house feel outdated, unattractive, and boring. You need to customize them by either repainting or changing out the hardware to make the room look a little more chic and updated.
These are changes you can easily reverse with no significant damage when you decide to move. You can also add stylish accessories on the cabinets to create visual distractions.
Not owning a home should never stop you from having the stylish life that you want for as long as you can afford to rent.
You got to do everything you can to create a home that feels like you, a space that is as beautiful as per your standards, without making any major changes.
The 6 tips above will help you get started in transforming your rental into a place you love.
Lena is an architect. She is young and ambitious, with a degree in architecture. She has eight-plus years of experience in interior and exterior design. Her mission is to inspire others to live their dreams and create their perfect sweet home. Lena puts a big effort into working with her clients and tries to help them in the best way she can.