Decorating options can be limiting if you’re living in a rental home or apartment. Many rentals don’t allow you to paint your walls or make any major changes to the interior of your home. Need some inspiration? Here are 6 DIY decorating projects for a rental home.
1. Hang tapestries.
If you can’t paint your walls, hang tapestries! There are literally thousands of tapestry designs to be found online. From monochrome and texture patterns to floral designs and themed motifs, the styles and options for choosing a tapestry are endless. Talk to your landlord to make sure it’s okay to put small holes in your walls to hang tapestries, if it’s not specified in your contract. Small holes are easy to fill in if you decide to move.
2. Brighten up a room with plants.
Bring some life to your rental with house plants. Empty corners and bare surfaces are great to fill with lush plants. Visit your local garden supply store and choose a leafy floor plant to place in a corner of your living room or bedroom. If you don’t have a green thumb, pick out a few succulents to place on a windowsill or coffee table. They require very little water and maintenance to survive.
3. Add temporary wallpaper to built-ins.
Instantly beautify your built-ins! Visit your nearby home improvement store, such as Home Depot or Lowe’s, and pick out temporary wallpaper with flare. You can stick it onto built-in bookshelves, cabinets, and other built-in surfaces. If you decide to move, it’s easy to peel off.
4. Buy decorative rugs.
Rugs are generally pricey, but think of buying a rug as an investment. If you buy a good-quality rug, you’ll most likely have it for years. Bite the bullet and buy a few decorative rugs to spice up your floors. Even if your rental has wall-to-wall carpeting, an area rug works to add texture and color to a space.
5. Use lighting to set the tone.
Believe it or not, lighting can do A LOT to set the tone of a room or space. It’s all about the type of shade and the color of lightbulb. If you’re going for a warm, cozy feel in your rental, opt for a textured, cream-colored shade with a yellow bulb. Thinking cool and sleek? Go for a metallic or stainless steel standing lamp with a bright white bulb.
6. Reinvent your furniture.
One of the easiest ways to add personal flare to your rental is with DIY furniture. Have an old wooden chair that needs some attention? Buy a few cans of spray paint and give it a fresh coat (make sure you do this outside or a clear space in your rental to spray paint your chair on a drop cloth). Alternatively, visit your local used furniture store or find a treasure on Craigslist to paint.