Most people move 11 to 12 times in their lifetime, according to Fashion Furniture Rental. While everyone dreams of living in their dream forever home, renting is part of life. This should, however, not mean you can’t have a home straight out of a magazine spread. Even if you’re waiting to decorate your forever home, there are simple hacks you can use to transform your rental living space. While rental may be a temporary solution and standard tenancy agreements may limit your design choices, any home should feel inviting, comfortable and relaxing. These ideas are not only affordable, but they also massively improve the appearance of your home without infringing your lease contract, so you can rest assured you will get your deposit back.
Replace Window Treatments
Finding a rental that is right for you even in the face of poor credit and high rates can be tasking, so when you do, you want to create a stunning home. The easiest way to get started is to refresh the window treatments. Windows are the most noticeable part of any room. Aside from being focal points, they also regulate the brightness of a room, a very important element of interior design. That said, window treatments can make or break the overall look of your apartment. Depending on your preferences, you can go for trendy shades, blinds, reflective films, side curtains, shutters or valances. The intriguing thing about window treatments is that they not only make the house aesthetically pleasant, but they can also serve a functional purpose of lowering energy bills if placed correctly. Ensure you leave the old treatments up, or if you have to remove them, store them properly so you can put them back up when leaving.
Invest In Lighting Fixtures
The importance of lighting fixtures cannot be overstated. They play an important role in creating a warm, cozy ambience, not to mention brightening up the house. The nature of renting an apartment means that lighting fixtures may not be to your tastes, so you may need to replace existing ones. As you shop for these, keep in mind that the ultimate lighting design features general lights for whole-room light; task lights used for specific purposes like reading; and accent lights, used purely for decorative purposes. Combined, they create the ideal degree of brightness. To achieve this, aim to have at least two light sources per room. There are tonnes of stunning light fixtures on the market: chandeliers, pendant lights, wall sconces, under the cabinet Led lights, string lights, floor lamps, and table lamps. Lighting fixtures will bring oomph and life to your space, and the best thing about them is they are inexpensive and can easily be removed when moving.
Use Color, Texture, Patterns And Furniture
Adding a pop of color, patterns, grand furnishings and texture to a room will work wonders for your rented space. Most rented houses are not as spacious as you may like, so you can use light colors to create an illusion of space. Before repainting the house, however, you should check with your landlord. Should they be comfortable, go right ahead. Most landlords will allow you to repaint a house, provided you paint it back to its original color when vacating. Luckily, paint is cheap, so even if you have to do this, you will barely feel the pinch to your finances. Alternatively, you can use removable wallpapers. The great thing about these is you can carry them to your next house, and if installed properly, they come off without damaging the walls or leaving any residue behind. Vinyl stickers are another great option. Just make sure to use neutral colors on your walls, as these make for a more polished look. You can then use furniture, rugs, throws and pillows to add color and texture to the house.
Swap Hardware Fixtures
Hardware fixtures like door knobs and faucets, although very minute details, make quite the impact. Simple things like replacing worn out fixtures and investing in trendy ones go a long way in creating a luxurious and glamorous feel in your kitchen and bathroom. Metal fixtures are all the rage this year, according to Plan Forward, from warm and soft tones of gold to brass, chrome, nickel and stainless steel. You can start with the knobs of doors and cabinets. Proceed to the bathroom, and replace an inefficient plastic shower head with a metallic one. If you have enough to splurge, you can replace the faucets and sinks as well. Wall hung, pedestal, undermount and vessel sinks are some of the hottest sink designs currently, while wall mounted, high tech faucets are holding the fort down when it comes to contemporary faucet designs. Again, such improvements are ideal, as you can simply move with your fancy fixtures when leaving, and reattach the old ones.
The floors of most rentals may not be in the best possible condition. Some are old, scratched, dented or chipped, depending on their material. Thankfully layered rugs can be used to cover these imperfections, and add texture and coziness to the room at the same time. Placing artwork on the walls, bringing in indoor plants, investing in functional but beautiful storage options, and using mirrors are other great ways of vamping up your rental without invalidating preset bonds. Your home is your space for as long as you’re renting it, so add your personal touch to make it truly yours.