So, a lovely friend of mine sent me a message about my blogs and how helpful they actually are when it comes to designing/decorating. However, she went on to say how hard it is to decorate a rental, as most people don’t really want to put in the money to decorate a place that isn’t fully theirs. First off, girl I feel your pain. I ended up renting all four years of College then ended up renting a condo for two more years after that. Trying to decorate a space where you have so many limitations, is not only hard but beyond frustrating. And Secondly, trying to find ways to decorate that aren`t tacky and won’t cost you your security deposit seem to be few and far between.
So! even though paying your rent on time is important, so is making your place as personalized and stylish as possible. Take a look at these ten commandments and start making that boring rental into your humble abode.
Commandment One: Thou Shalt Create Storage
So, custom storage is out of the picture but IKEA isn’t! Rentals usually always lack in storage so, in order to fix this take a trip to IKEA and pick up a couple of their universal shelf units/ bookcases. KALLAX is a great buy, as it not only can be used for books or a display shelf, you can basically manipulate it to be used for anything you want as it comes in various sizes and colours. A great way to make this $59 item look high end? Add legs to the bottom, this will give you a great custom high end look on a low budget cost.
No excuses here people. Stop hanging art that has no meaning. Your space is most likely small so make sure everything you put into your space has meaning. Don’t just slap any old piece of art on your walls, pick a piece that you can draw inspiration from for the rest of the area. What I like to do is, find one really large scale item and make it the focal point of your room. This will not only draw people into your space but it will also fill your blank boring walls. Myself in my condo, I ended up dry mounting my fiancé’s favourite numbered black and white gangster poster. Not only did this create a very masculine feel in the space, it was black and white which allowed me to bring colour in through accents.
True story, this is the only way you are going to get a truly personal feeling in your space. Beef up your space with as many throws, pillows, and accents that reflect your style as possible. This is another great way to add colour into your space. So, keep that in mind when you are picking out your accessories, make sure the colours you choose flow and not clash.
Commandment Four: Thou Shalt Warm My Feet With A Rug
Especially if your place has old hardwood floors a carpet is a must! Area rugs are a great way to bring texture into your space and can be packed up with you come your next move. So, in saying that make sure you go with something that can work in multiple spaces.
Commandment Five: Thou Shalt Embrace Lighting
This is something that most renters don’t really consider when they are decorating their space. Lighting plays a large roll in the way your room feels. Set the mood with unique floor lamps or sophisticated side table lamps. These are all things that you are able to take with you to your next home.
If you are a horrible person like me and can’t keep plants a live BUT want that fresh feeling of nature, try succulents. This is a great way to add life into your space and make your parents believe you are capable of living on your own because you can keep a plant alive.
These are just the basics of what you can do to make that boring old apartment feel more like home. Start with these six commandments and believe me, your apartment will stand out from the rest of your friends and become the new IT spot.