Decorating can be a lot of fun. But, it can also be a lot of work. You have all these great ideas swirling around in your head, but no idea how to make it work. You do not even have a clue of where to start. This is when it becomes a bit stressful. There are so many problems that can occur and you come to find out that some of those great ideas just will not work with what you are trying to accomplish. So, you are back to square one, full of ideas but no idea where to put them.
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THE RENTAL DÉCOR RULES
It may not be a law, but there are some rules that every renter should follow when they take on the tedious task of decorating. These next few rules should really be treated as the 10 commandments of decorating a rental. Decorating is important for any place that you call home, even if it is only temporary, it is important that you are able to fill it with your style and give it the personality you envision. Decorating a rental might be slightly more difficult because you have to make sure that your changes fit the rules set by your landlord, and your wallet.
There is not a lot of renovation that you can do with a rental, this means less storage. But, it does not mean no storage. Try putting up a few bookcases and simple shelves that do not required drilling in to the wall.
CHANGE THE HARDWARE
The hardware in a rental is probably too basic for your taste. Luckily, basic also means it is easy to remove and be replaced with something that screams fabulous. Just do not toss those basic pieces, make sure you put them back before you move out.
DITCH VERTICAL BLINGS
Unless your rental comes with a hospital bed, the vertical blinds have to go. Hide them, and fast! But, be sure not to burn them like you may want to. The landlord probably would not be too happy about that.
LINE THE CABINETS
It may be very tedious and a little annoying, but totally worth it in the end. Adhesive liner is good, but a soft grip liner will do the trick even better. Plus, with the soft grip, there is a less likely chance of chipping anything.
ACCESSORIZE LIKE CRAZY
Let the creative juices flow, and your personality show! Go insane with pillows, throw blankets, and other accessories that show off the real you.
Yes, wallpaper can be really cute, but it is terrible to take down. Especially, for a place that is not permanent. If you must use something on the wall, try some removable wallpaper instead.
HANG UP SOME ART
Okay, you do not have to turn the room into a museum gallery. But, it would not hurt to put up some art. Don’t have any art? That’s fine too, put up some photos instead.
INVEST IN RUGS
Ugly carpet? Put down a rug. Got a spill for wine Wednesday with the girls? No problem. Grab a cute rug and cover all of it up. Rugs are great for that.
Not enough light can make a room look and feel dead. Bring it back to life with more lighting. Put some lamps around the room. Nothing too much, just enough to let in some light when the sun takes a break.
MAKE THE MOST OF PLANTS
No outdoor garden? No worries. Bring the garden inside, well, not all of it. Bring some more life by adding a few plants.
There is really no need for extra explanation here. Just know, a chandelier is probably a better choice for lighting fixtures.
SWITCH OUT YOUR FAUCETS
Do you hate that constant leaking sound at night? Does you faucet look like something out of a horror movie? I the answer is yes to either of those, you should really consider switching out you faucet. And don’t worry about the landlord, you’re saving them the trouble of being forced to do it by the next renter.
Grab some contact paper and have a field day. Add a backsplash to the kitchen or maybe the bathroom.
No one will even know that you replaced those hideous plates for a new and fresh look. If anything you are doing everyone a favor.
THE PROBLEMS AND THE FIXES
Does your landlord constantly ignore your requests to paint? Are you sick of looking at those off-white mental institution colored walls? I bet you’re ready to throw your hands up and do it anyway. The only thing keeping you at bay is that security deposit that you eventually want back.
Don’t worry there is a solution. A couple of solutions actually.
The Problem: Your Walls are a nice Shade of Barf
If you dream in paint chips and color wheels, but you’re stuck with white or beige painted walls, you can incorporate color or pattern by painting the back of a bookshelf or a hutch—the taller, the better. Roll the color directly onto the furniture or use cardboard panels and paint or wrap them in fabric to insert in the back of the shelves. The upside of using cardboard is that it’s temporary, so you can remove the inserts or create new ones to fit a different color scheme if, say, you don’t renew the lease.
You do not have to sacrifice that deposit after all! You have plenty of other options such as, covering the wall with tapestry. Add in some temporary wallpaper. Turn the wall into a gallery, whether it is art or family photos, your wall can become your own personal gallery.
The Problem: Your Bathroom Tile is Not So Great
The Fix: You cannot even handle your ugly green and pink tile, try some Mibo Tile Tattoos. They are temporary, moisture-resistant decals that will go on with water and hide the unappealing tile underneath. And, the come in more than 60 colors and patterns..
The Problem: You Can’t Damage the Walls
The Fix: So, your landlord is pretty about nothing happening to the walls. Once again there are ways to design you wall the way you want, and keep the landlord content. Use some Washi tape to solve this problem. Tape up your pictures and use the tape the make a cute border around them.
The Problem: The Ugly Blinds Don’t Block Out Any Light
Are you being blinded every morning by the brightness of the sun?
The Fix: Replace you blinds with roman shade. They are a much more appealing option. They cover the whole window and do no leave you with those annoying line of sun. You don’t even have to buy one that are too fancy either. Just pick up a cheap set that match the size of the ones already there. Do not get rid of the old blind, you have to put them back before you move out.
The Problem: Here’s Hideous Carpeting That Is Nearly Impossible to Keep Clean
Please tell me there is a beautiful hardwood floor under this ugly carpeting.
The Fix: So you can’t get rid of this horrible carpeting, but you can surely cover it up with a much more appealing piece. Try putting down some cute rugs to erase this ugly site.
The Problem: There is Only One Closet?
There’s not enough space for all of my clothes and linens!
The Fix: There are plenty of options to choose from—unfortunately it requires you to invest in some pretty expensive furniture like a wardrobe. But, it is so worth it in the long run. It is not a bad idea, especially if you are not planning on moving out soon.
So, you are not in the point of your life where you can call yourself a home-owner. You found a comfortable place to rent that you can call you own for the time being. You want to so desperately release your inner decorator but do not know if you can or how you will do it. Looking around, this place looks dead and empty. Lucky for you, it does not have to be that way. There are plenty of ways to add life by decorating, without losing that security deposit. Here are some oh-so-helpful tricks to make your rental shine as bright as you do
- Switch up the current paint job
The very first step to this tip is to get the permission from your landlord (they usually say its fine). As soon as you get the go-ahead, find a color that you love and spread it all over the apartment. Or, just paint a smaller area, like the bathroom. A smaller area is much easier to repair when it comes times for you to move out.
- Put up some curtains
If for some reason you are unable to paint the walls, put up a wall of curtains to add color to the room.
- Get some chalkboard paint
Add a little fun to a door or wall by using chalkboard paint. This is especially perfect for the kitchen and kids rooms.
- Mirror, mirror on the wall
Mirrors have the ability to make a space seem bigger than it is. This is great for a small apartment.
- Switch out door knobs and handles
It is simple and inexpensive, replace those old, rusty and ugly handles and door knobs with something pretty.
- Enhance the light fixtures
Instead of buying a whole fixture because you hate the current one, just paint over it yourself
- Make your own art
Not an artist? Thar is perfectly okay. But you can still buy a blank canvas and throw some color on it. Voila! Now, you have art to hang up.
- Temporary wallpaper is useful
Wallpaper is a hassle to get up and to take back down. Go for something much simpler like a temporary wallpaper.
- Buy accessories that you adore
When buying accessories, make sure it is something that you absolutely. Something that you would not mind looking at forever. Even though you are in a rental, the furniture you buy is not. It will follow you wherever you decide to live next. Pick things the draw you in.
- Accent the wall
So maybe you can’t paint the whole room, you can still add an accent design to an area on the wall. It will make the room pop especially if you use bold colors.
- Storage can be pretty too
Another excuse to go thrift shopping! Find a cute storage container that you can decorate, and store the things you don’t want laying around.
- Ugly blinds, double drapes
Drapes can come in handy especially if your rental comes with puke colored blinds that you can’t exactly just get rid of. Use the drapes to cover up the fact that your blinds are hideous.
- Covering the radiator
A radiator does not scream stylish. No worries, just grab a throw and toss at on top.
- Add some wall shelving
No need to anger the landlord by drilling into the walls. Add some simple shelves to the wall instead.
- Make temporary wallpaper useful
Instead of going through the trouble of putting up regular wallpaper, try using temporary wallpaper in its place. It is inexpensive and will do the same just with less of a hassle. This means you have more time and money for other pieces!
- Decals and prints.
Not a fan of art? That’s okay, you can still find thing to go up on the walls. Putting up decals, and 3-D appliques might suit you better. And, you do have to worry about wall damage.
- Decorate with texture
Throw in some texture to add a homier feel. Use textured rugs and pillows with cute accents.
- If you can’t paint the walls, paint some furniture!
How are you supposed to liven up the place if you can’t paint the walls? No worries. There are ways around that. Paint some furniture instead. It will add to the color if the room and make it look less blah.
- Add crown moldings.
Adding some crown moldings is n excellent and inexpensive idea. Plus, they are easy to remove when the time comes for you to leave.
- Look for furniture with a pop of color.
Throw in some bright and colorful pieces of furniture to make the room pop. The color will stand out and change the way the room looks in the best way possible
- Family photos will make all the difference.
Get sentimental! Place out your favorite family photos. Make your rental truly feel like home.
- Add dimmers to create better lighting instantly.
This easy upgrade will make a big difference in the whole dynamic of the room. Everything looks better in mood lighting.
- Prop framed photos against walls.
Framed photos do not just have to be hung up. Prop them against the wall instead.
- Store what isn’t working.
If it does not fit the look you want, store it away. Not every piece of furniture is going to work, and that is perfectly fine. Just put it in storage until the time comes.