4 Ways To Add Personality To Your Rental Home

Who says you need to go through renovation to give your space a makeover?


Nothing beats the feeling of moving into your first apartment—you get to do things at your own pace and decorate it however you want to. While it may not look exactly like your dream home—everything is set to standard and builder-grade materials—there are ways to enjoy the space and make it feel like yours. To help you out, here are a few renter-friendly options that will breathe new life into your flat without breaking the bank or your lease:

1. Replace standard hardware with vintage pieces.

When it comes to styling spaces, the tiniest details make the biggest impact. Consider switching out standard knobs and handles for something with a little more character—you can try vintage pieces if you want to add an old-world charm to a generic space or ones with steel and glass details for a more modern feel. 

RL Tip: Don't forget to keep the orginal hardware so you can turn them in to your landlord in case you decide to move out! 

2. Install new lights. 

We've said it before, we'll say it again—lighting is the key to setting the mood in any part of the home. Create a cozy ambience by adding a few lamps, scented candles, or even draping some of your accent pieces with string lights

3. Use colorful furniture for an eclectic aesthetic. 

Since you can't paint over the walls of rental homes, you can inject bright hues into your space through your decor. Don't be afraid to pair vibrant shades together, but feel free to mix it with neutrals for a more subdued look.

4. Invest in interesting window treatments. 

Most rental homes have sad and frameless windows. To remedy this, dress them up in printed drapes to give it extra flair. You can also try arranging a vignette on the windowsill to add a little more oomph—just make sure the surface is wide enough to avoid breaking your decor pieces. 

PHOTOS: via Pinterest and (Main) | La Maison Boheme |Kohls 

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