“There’s no place like home.”
The home is an expression of our personality, and a place of calm and comfort. Well, unless you live in a bare-bone rental apartment. This can mean plain walls, small spaces and boring colors.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! Don’t live in a box anymore. Below, we share a few ways to add character to any apartment and still get your safety deposit back.
1. Cover the Walls
Most apartment walls are painted either white or off-white. Exciting! If you are looking to add a little color, there are two primary ways:
- Apply removable wallpaper. Your landlord should have no problem with this. Removable wallpapers are easy to apply and remove without damaging your walls. They also come in a variety of patterns.
- Paint. First, get permission from your landlord. They might keep your deposit, or ask you to repaint the walls the original color before you leave. However, this is a really easy way to get the pop of color that appeals to you.
If neither of these are an option for you, fill your walls with art and pictures. Posters are easy to find and come in different sizes. Consider having family photos framed.
2. Open Up the Room
Apartments only seem to get smaller when you add furniture. However, there are simple ways that you can open the layout and make the apartment feel bigger. Here are a few ideas to create an open concept:
- Remove kitchen cabinets. This is an easy way to make a small space look bigger. Take off your cabinet doors, and expose your kitchen goods with open shelves. Just be sure to re-hang them prior to moving out.
- Hang mirrors. Mirrors are the perfect accessories for small apartments. They trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger.
- Rearrange furniture. Sometimes just moving the furniture will make it feel like a new space. Play around with different layouts to add space to the room.
3. Light the Way
Lighting is an essential part to any home. If you have windows that bring in good lighting, don’t cover them up. Let the light shine in!
If natural sunlight isn’t an option, invest in lamps. Lamps are an easy way to fill floor space or even create a colorful decorative piece. Pro Tip: Paint the base of the lamp your desired color, and you have a piece that adds function and character to your apartment.
4. Decorate Every Space
Being surrounded by all of your favorite things is the feeling of home. Add character to each room with your personal belongings and favorite accessories. A few simple examples include:
- Area rugs.
- Picture frames.
- Throw pillows.
Living in a small space can be tough, especially when you are limited to your decorating option because of rental rules. Do your best to make it the home you want.
5. Create Innovative Storage Solutions
Most apartments won’t have access to an attic, basement or garage. These are some of the most popular storage places in a home. Get creative in your apartment, and create your own storage solutions.
Turn a chest or trunk into a coffee table. This gives it a dual purpose to store bigger or bulkier items, but doesn’t take up unnecessary space. Hang baskets on the walls to store magazines or books, and free up counter space.
Or, instead of trying to squeeze all your belongings into your rental, clean up the clutter and make room for more personalized pieces with self-storage.
What are some ways you add character to your apartment? Share with us in the comment section below.
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