Making an apartment your own can really be challenging. Your landlord has most likely provided you with a lengthy list of things you cannot do, you have various permanent, not so attractive fixtures to work around, and at the end of the day, the space is most likely only temporary, so you don’t want to spend too much money decorating it. Do any of these sound familiar? After living in our apartment for 2 years, I’ve learned ways to customize it without spending too much money or making our landlord mad and today, I’m sharing those with you.
6 Ways to Customize Your Rental
1. Change hardware.
Luckily, our apartment has these gorgeous original glass doorknobs, so I wasn’t tempted to change those. However, we did have the ugliest wooden knobs on our closet doors, so I switched those out with some more decorative knobs I found at Hobby Lobby. Such a simple change and very inexpensive.
2. Add lighting.
Unfortunately, in the room that is both our living room and dining room, there isn’t an overhead light. To alleviate this problem, I added a plug-in swag chandelier above our dining table and lamps around the room. For a more customized look, I also hung 2 sconces above our couch and placed battery operated lights where light bulbs would usually go.
3. Spruce up the walls, without paint.
Our landlord doesn’t allow us to paint the walls, so I’ve had to get creative when I’ve wanted to add a little color. In our bathroom, I added color to the stark, white walls by hanging pink vinyl stripes. This was such a simple addition, but added so much interest and personality to that little room. Another way you can add color to walls without painting is to adhere fabric to them using liquid starch like I did in my office nook.
4. Hang things on your walls.
Since we’re very limited to what we can do to our walls, I’ve hung things like art, mirrors, baskets, and plates to keep them from looking too bare. In rentals, I highly recommend hanging gallery walls. You can create them fairly affordably and they make a huge impact.
5. Add storage.
One of the downsides of renting an older apartment is the limited amount of storage. In our kitchen, we have very limited cabinet storage, so shortly after we moved in, we added open shelving. Not only did it add storage, but the open shelves also add decoration to an otherwise blank white wall.
6. Use spaces in different ways.
In my opinion, the one thing that we’ve done to make this apartment uniquely ours is turn our storage closet into an office nook. That space was most definitely meant for storage, but it serves the two of us better as a workspace. Get creative with your space! If using a space in a different way than it’s intended serves your family better, do it. It will make you happier with the space and feel more like yours.
I hope these tips help you make your rental feel more like home!