How to decorate a rented home
Cost of renovation: High
Leakage from a water system or IF there are rules that you as a renter must follow, make it these 10 commandments. Because, while paying your rent on time is important, so too is making sure your place is personalized and stylish. Working within the boundaries of your landlord, it’s little things like a new light fixture that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money. And, the best part about this entire list is that you’ll leave with your security deposit intact once it’s time to move up and on.
Do get written permission It’s you versus the landlord. With your agreements spelled out in ink, chances fare better that the lord of your manor will remember your pact, and you’ll move on to your next castle with peace of mind and, hopefully, a deposit fully returned.
Do be thrifty Your home is neither a youth hostel nor a five-star hotel. If you’re on a budget, or temporarily placed, domesticate your rental by mixing quality with frugality. Combine newer, lavish items with secondhand furniture. Show off your creative flair with unique preowned accessories. Scour estate sales, garage sales and flea markets for one-of-a-kind finds to adorn your bookshelves and countertops.
Display art and photos An obvious suggestion, but doing so can really make a difference. If you have picture rails, you can hang and re-hang pictures to your heart’s content. If not, Command does a range of no-hole picture hanging strips. Charlotte Love suggests framing fabrics and vintage scarves: “I invested in a picture ledge from Ikea. It’s a great way of presenting your favourite prints & artwork, and it also minimises the holes in your walls.”
Add a blackboard From shopping lists to doodles and inspiring quotes, a blackboard provides space for creativity. If you can’t paint a wall, consider adding a stand-alone blackboard or painting a section of the fridge with blackboard paint.
Colour your space If it’s out of the question to paint the interior walls, add colour to your space by painting your bookshelves and coffee tables in colours of your choice.
Change cupboard doorknobs For an instant upgrade, swap cheap, nastylooking cupboard doorknobs for better looking ones. This is one of the easiest ways to update built-in cupboards and cabinets. And of course you can take the pretty cupboard doorknobs with you when moving to a new home.
Lighten up Use decorative lamps to distract from boring rental light fittings. Alternatively, change bland rental home light fittings for preferred light fitting, store the rental light fittings and return them to their rightful place before you
Practical plus pretty Brighten up a dull kitchen with pretty, patterned dish towels and hide less than the best floors with a patterned kitchen mat.when cupboard space is limited, use matching glass jars to store non-perishable food items, like rice and pasta, which you could then display on an open shelf or counter top.
Do accentuate the positive Create storage and maximize space with a wall shelf. Line shoes, books, hats and fashion accessories across DIY shelves to get those hard-to-reach and pretty necessities out of tangled piles and into view. Look for unused corners of your home normally reserved for dust bunnies, and give them new life. Create a liquor cart or corner table to showcase those coveted items that you snagged at discount. Decorate your home like you decorate yourself: Accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative. — Frontdoor
If you’re on a budget, or temporarily placed, domesticate your rental by mixing quality with frugality.