While you may not own your apartment, you can still make your rental feel like your home. When you first move into a new place, you have the opportunity to decorate the apartment to fit your style and personality. However, making a small, possibly temporary place, feel like home can be tough, especially when rental rules and landlord laws limit your options. To help you get started, Contemporary Management Concepts, LLLP has put together ways that you can improve your apartment!
One easy way to improve the appearance of your apartment is to change out your hardware and not just the handles of your kitchen cabinets. This includes doorknobs, outlet covers, and switch plates so that these accessories match your style. We recommend keeping the old ones on hand just in case you need to install them again when you move out.
Lighting is often an underappreciated element that can improve your apartment, as the right lighting can transform your space from something drab to something wonderful and cozy. You can replace your lighting fixtures with ones that suit your taste and the decor. If you plan to do this, we recommend checking with your landlord, just in case there are any electrical concerns, and store the old fixtures so you can re-install them when it's time for you to move.
A common feature in many apartments is white mini-blinds that cover all the windows. However, mini-blinds break easily and often look dingy. To improve the appearance of your apartment, you can remove these and cover them with proper window treatments or replace them with another window cover, such as curtains or drapes.
If you want to create a feature wall or add a pop of color to a room without painting it, you can use peel-and-stick wallpaper. You can use this instead of traditional wallpaper, as regular wallpaper glue is notorious for being difficult to remove. Often, apartment complexes do not allow people to paint their walls, so removable wallpaper is a good alternative.
Art is an excellent way for you to express your personality and style while sprucing up your apartment. If your landlord has issues with hammering nails into the walls, there are some adhesive picture hooks that you can use for all different sizes. To ensure that your art stays on the walls, make sure that you get ones that can handle the weight of the art.
Sentimental items tell a story and remind you of what you've accomplished, where you've been, and the people you have loved along the way. These could be something passed down by a grandparent, a blanket made by your mother, or anything that holds memories. Putting these items on display will not only look nice but will also help keep the memories alive.
If the inside of your apartment is looking a bit dull, bring some life in with plants. Plants are also an easy way to keep the air clean and personalize any room affordably. We recommend picking plants that are easy to keep alive if you don't have a green thumb. They can also help keep the air of your apartment clean.
Most apartment complexes allow their residents to paint as long as they only use lighter colors that you can paint over later for new tenants. Painting a wall will give your apartment a pop of color and can make your space look larger than it is. But, of course, you can also simply paint your walls a crisp white.