Commandments of Rental Décor
If you are about to rent a new place or expect to be renting indefinitely, here are some décor tips, Courtesy of PopSugar Living identified specifically for the renter in mind. Remember and note that for some of these suggestions, it will require restoring the property to its original condition upon vacating so be sure to refer to the terms of your lease!
Thou Shalt Add Storage
Let's get real, custom cabinetry is not an option if you don't own the place. Since rentals usually lack storage, add your own with affordable Ikea bookcases and simple shelves.
Thou Shalt Change the Hardware
Rental hardware is basic . . . your style, not so much. Switching out cabinet pulls and bathroom hardware will make a huge difference. Just remember to keep the original pieces to swap back in before moving out. Always refer to the terms of your lease!
Thou Shalt Ditch Vertical Blinds
They are the ultimate decorating sin! To prevent your space from looking like a hospital room, take them down or hide them under curtains. Again, don’t toss. Always refer to the terms of your lease!
Thou Shalt Line Cabinets
This might seem trivial and a bit annoying, but lining your cabinets is a must. Not only will it make your kitchen look clean, but also it will mask worn and grungy cabinets without having to paint. Adhesive liner works, but a softer grip liner is better because it's easy to install; it will also prevent glassware from chipping.
Thou Shalt Accessorize Like Crazy
It's true, and that's the only way you're going to get a truly personal space. Go to town with throws, pillows, and accents that reflect your style.
Thou Shalt Hang Art
No excuses — get your art on the walls! Patching up a tiny hole come move-out day is nothing compared to the impact it will make on your space. No need to create a full-blown gallery wall either. Try hanging one statement piece and resting photos on a mantel or shelf. Again, always refer to the terms of your lease.
Thou Shalt Invest in Rugs
Especially if your place has carpet! Rugs are an easy way to cover up that not-so-cute carpet and can be packed up with you come your next move. Rugs are also a necessity to keep noise down, especially in older apartments with wood floors.
Thou Shalt Emphasize Lighting
This is another trick that many renters often overlook. Take it from HGTV stars Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri who suggest you use lighting to set the tone and make an impact in a rental. Get creative with floor and table lamps that can easily be moved from place to place.
Thou Shalt Make the Most of Plants
No yard? No problem. Pots are a great way to achieve the bohemian jungalow look or even have your own urban garden. The best part is you won't have to fret about leaving any of them behind.
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