I love living in an apartment. It’s cozier, easier to design, and more affordable than living in a house. However, with that being said, it does have its drawbacks. I love updating my space and making it look the best that it possibly can, but in a rental, I am pretty limited on the amount of changes that I can make. I am well on the road to customizing and finishing my apartment, but it has taken some creativity on my part to get the custom look that I really wanted. Here are some easy tricks to get a custom designed look in a rental:
1 |Use temporary Wallpaper
2 | Update what you already have (furniture, hardware, etc.)
3 | Customize your window treatments
4 | Create your own DIY kitchen backsplash
5 | Landscape your balcony
I was always extremely jealous of the home owners that get to lovingly adorn their walls with gorgeous patterns and textures in the form of wallpaper. That is, until I discovered that some genius out there invented temporary wallpaper. I have not used it yet, but I have heard some really great things about it and really want to give it a try.
Update What You Already Have
This might sound like a no brainer, but you would be surprised at how much you can do with what you already have! Perfect example: I have a simple black desk that I got from Target several years ago. It has plain black knobs, nothing special. I decided to go buy chrome bamboo drawer pulls from Lowe’s and update its look a little bit with some modern hardware. The desk looks so much better just from that simple ($12) change. Buy some fabric and reupholster that Ikea chair you have had since college! Install different drawer pulls to your bathroom cabinets! These are temporary changes that can be removed when you leave your rental, or in the case of furniture, take with you forever!
Customize Your Window Treatments
Why anyone would ever create those hideous plastic vertical blinds that are hung in front of patio doors in apartments, I have no idea. You know the ones that I’m talking about… grey, loud, hard to walk through, useless, ugly… okay I’ll stop. But seriously though. HORRIBLE LOOKING. Take those hideous “curtains” down and stick them in a closet! Or under the bed, or in the trunk of your car… I don’t care just take them down! Your apartment complex will probably frown on this, but as long as you don’t damage them, I promise you its fine and so worth it. Hang a pair of floor to ceiling curtains to instantly make the room feel larger and taller.
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Create Your Own DIY Kitchen Backsplash
I have always loved the idea of creating your own kitchen backsplash in a rental! I have seen so many great DIY backsplash tutorials and ideas out there, and really want to try to create one myself! I am leaning towards creating a painted wood panel and securing it with velcro like Anna from Door Sixteen did here. How genius is that? These panels are relatively easy to create, and completely temporary! I also am loving these peel and stick tile panels from Home Depot! These tile look alikes can be adhered to any smooth surface. Pretty backsplash here I come!
Landscape Your Balcony
Who says your balcony has to be the place that you store your cooler and other random items that you have no place for in your apartment? Get rid of the cooler (or stick it in the closet next to your hideous plastic blinds that you got rid of) and add some greenery! Ikea has a lot of generously sized house plants that are perfect to landscape your balcony with. Buy a garden stool and comfy patio chair and you are in business! Not only is it peaceful to sit out there, but it will look great through the window! Go read this article from Apartment Therapy about how to Make the Most Out of Your Seriously Small Apartment Balcony! It’s gold.
I hope that some of these ideas have inspired you to make the most out of your rental! Just because you don’t own it doesn’t meant that you shouldn’t own it. Boom.
For more interior design tips and tricks, make sure and read How to Make Your Apartment Look Expensive!