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5 Ways To Personalize A Rental Home

Your temporary living space can be a homey haven that reflects your taste

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Photography: Dairy Darilag

Renters know that decorating a temporary space has its own set of limitations. Unless you want your deposit to take a significant dip, any modification is out of the question. Maybe you can get away with painting a wall or putting in some new lights. Other than that, there’s not much you can do. However, this doesn't mean that you can't make the space your own. Here are some tricks you can do to personalize your rented space:

1. Put up a mirror or two.


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Mirrors in a home can serve multiple functions. Not only can you check your OOTD with it and make small spaces appear larger, it can actually add depth and dimension into a room. It can be the gleaming centerpiece in a living room; just hang it on a prominent wall or above a sofa. Meanwhile, you can illuminate your bedroom by simply hanging it across a window.

A full length mirror can duplicate the architecture of a room; adding dimension to the space. It’s really about choosing the shape, size, and accents of a mirror. Try round, half-moon, wood-framed, or floor-to-ceiling pieces. Here’s another mirror trick: put a mirrored disco ball on a window facing the east and watch as shimmering lights scatter across your room every morning.

2. Spruce up your tile.


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Rented homes almost never have the best tiling. Normally, you'll find bland off-white tiles in the bathroom, kitchen, and even the living room floor. Fortunately, there are ways you can spruce up that backsplash with a few things you can buy at the office supply store. Washi tapes are a great option to liven up boring tiles. You don’t need to stop at just tiles. This versatile tape can also be used when improving the look of your walls and cabinets. Simply decide on a pattern and color scheme and get to sticking. You can even search online for temporary painting options; possibly with water colors and some Modge Podge as glaze. To improve the flooring, you can always count on one or two rugs.

3. Hang up some fabric.

Skip the paint brush and wallpaper and try hanging up some fabric instead. Similar to hanging a tapestry, you can hang any patterned or decorated fabric to add color and design to a room. The design is really up to you and the look you’re going for in a room. A sarong is a great choice for a bohemian-style room, a fabric with sleek black-and-white patterns for a minimalist look, or one with floral prints for a pop of color.

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4. Add some tension.


Using tension rods is the ultimate decorating hack. They’re especially great if drilling into the walls of your space is out of the question. You can practically use them for a multitude of ideas. Not only can you hang shower curtains in your bathroom and drapes in your living room, you can also use them to hang planters or even place a makeshift canopy in your bedroom. There are also a ton of storage hacks you can do with tension rods.

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READ: 3 Creative Ways To Use Tension Rods

5. Lean your art.


If you don’t want to drill random holes onto the walls of your rental but still want to put in some art pieces in your home, you can always lean them against your walls. This trick is actually done by many interior designers—making a room look cozy, casual, and inviting. You can place your art on the floor, on a side table, or on top of a shelf.

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