Making Your Rental Space Your Home

Rental living can be the perfect option for you and your family. It might be a great way to save money, let you live close to work, or pick up and move whenever you want to.

However, there can be a real drawbacks if you’re unable to customize your apartment or rental house the way you want. Being limited to the existing colors, fixtures, and finishes can put a dent in your style. There are ways to change the look of your space with little commitment and no permanent alterations that might cost you your deposit.

  • Lively Living Spaces. Your living room is where you spend the majority of your time. Whether you’re watching TV, having company, hosting a party, or whatever the occasion may be you want this space to reflect your style. Use signature pieces of furniture, colorful throws and pillows and area rugs to not only soften the area, but bring color into the space if you are unable to repaint. “Landlord white” or beige can be brightened up with these subtle bt easily attainable hints.

  • A Kitchen That Cooks. You may think that there is no way to brighten up a drab rental kitchen, think again. Even a simple idea of changing out cabinet and drawer pulls can make a significant difference in a kitchen. Swapping out a lighting fixture shade can brighten up a space. Just remember to keep the originals to put back in place when you leave.

  • Create The Perfect Bedroom. Creating a restful and beautiful bedroom can be attained pretty easily. Using the right rug, bedding, headboard and lighting. Switching the existing ceiling light globe for something more interesting (again, keep the original for when you move.) layering pillows of different sizes and patterns on the bed. The right side tables and lighting can make a huge difference.

  • Your Dining Room Can Create A Bang. By introducing the right table, chairs and lighting in your dining room you can create a beautiful mood for entertaining over dinner. Adding color and pattern with dishes, placemats, a tablecloth and runner can all add color and texture to what may be a drab and boring room.

  • Window Treatments, All Sorts Of Options. There are so many types of ready made and custom window treatments now that offer beauty and color to rooms. They can frame out and hide what may be unattractive windows. Offer room darkening options for bedrooms. Bring color and structure into each and every room in the space and make a room look brand new.

  • Art Makes the Space. You don’t need to spend a mint to make your space look like a million. Using prints, reproductions and posters and even photographs taken from photography books and magazines, then framed with stock frames can make a huge difference in any space. It can instantly be transformed and look expensive, and more importantly, like home.

  • Where To Buy To Save A Bunch. You can find amazing pieces of furniture, lighting and art at great savings by shopping at garage/estate sales, stores such as Goodwill (where your money will make a difference as well) and flea markets. Don’t discount (pardon the pun) what you can find in these spots, as there are so many great pieces, old and new that are waiting to find a new home in your rental.

Jarret Yoshida