6 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Rented Apartment

6 Creative Ways to Decorate Your Rented Apartment

Moving into your new rented apartment can be exciting until you find out how plain and boring your unit’s decorations are. Here are 6 creative ways to decorate your rented apartment.

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Moving into a new apartment is an exciting time, but there are often details of the apartment that are less desirable for the new tenants. Apartment managers purposely outfit apartments with the most neutral and plain decor so that the apartment appeals to the widest variety of potential tenants. However, if you are looking for a way to add character to your new apartment without sacrificing your security deposit, we have a few tips for you. There are some super simple decorating tips to enhance your style.


Add Artwork

You can add some personalization to your space by selecting artwork, or even mirrors to hang on your walls. Use command hooks to avoid damaging your walls. Another option is to use command hooks to hang a string across a wall and use paper clips or clothespins to hang photographs or unframed artwork along the string. This is a great way to add visual interest to a boring wall. Sometimes leaning pictures on the floor against the wall creates a nice focal point lower in the room, providing multi-level interest.


New Curtains

Adding new curtains to a space can completely change the vibe of the room. Light, sheer panels can add a subtle dreaminess, while a bright pattern can add a touch of character to a plain room. Curtains come in a huge variety of fabrics and patterns, so the possibilities are pretty endless. You can even coordinate your curtains with throw pillows or upholstery elsewhere in your apartment.


Use Fabric Accents To Add Character

Fabric comes in any and every color/pattern that you can imagine. That is why it is one of the best resources for decorating your apartment. If you know how to sew or know a good seamstress, you can create custom throw pillows or even furniture covers that perfectly match your style. Tablecloths, table runners, throw blankets, wall hangings, and even room dividers can all be customized to your sense of style.


Add Plants

Plants enliven a space instantly. They match any decor, relax the occupants and bring outside life inside. Adding just a few plants is a great way to add interest to a boring space or to ground a busy space. Have a brown thumb? High-end silk plants look incredibly real- unless your guests touch them, they'll never know.


Removable Wallpaper

If you really want to update your walls, and you are open to the work and expense, try adding some peel and stick wallpaper to your walls. This is a great way to update your walls when you can't paint. A similar option is using contact paper over laminate countertops. Both of these options are great ways to temporarily update a space, but they can be expensive options. Keep in mind that when you move, it will just be thrown away. It may be worth it to you if you plan on staying in the same apartment for an extended time. If you decide to go this route, make sure you choose a variety that says it is easy to remove and take your time installing it. A rushed job will end up looking sloppy.


Replace Drawer Pulls

One of the easiest ways to update the kitchen or bathroom in your new apartment is to update the hardware on your drawers and cupboards. Measure the distance between the holes before you go to the hardware store to ensure that you select ones that are correctly sized. Just be sure to keep the old ones so that you can replace them when it's time to move.

A rented apartment shouldn't feel like a cold, impersonal space. It should still feel like your home. You can make it reflect your style by using a little creative thinking. If you are interested in sharing your decorating ideas with others in your community, contact us.


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