Renting an apartment instead of buying a home definitely has its perks. You have the choice to move to a new home when your lease is over; you do not need to worry about property taxes, either. And more often than not, home repairs are not draining your wallet. A rental apartment, in general, is certainly not a bad deal.
There is one major drawback, however: it can be a bit tricky to create a space that is truly your own, especially when your decorating options are limited by rental rules and landlord laws.
Don’t worry — just because you do not own the space does not mean you can’t dress it up, cover the not-so-pretty parts, and give it your own personal touch.
Dress Up Your Windows
You are not limited to the boring set of windows that come standard in most rentals. Dress them up with curtains. You can buy a set — or make your own. There are tons of no-sew projects you can get done over the weekend.
Curtains, when combined with aluminium shutters from sites like Boardwalk.com.au, immediately add luxurious structure, colour, and a homey feel to a room.
Try Paint — or Removable Wallpaper at Least
If the landlord permits, try painting over the walls, as this can immediately transform the space. Do not be afraid to go bold with a deep, rich hue, too, as this can make the space feel cosy. Paint your old furniture, too. Not every piece needs to be a bold turquoise or bright yellow, but that surprising pop of colour on your coffee table can make a huge difference.
Alternatively, you can use removable wallpaper if your landlord does not allow new paint on the walls.
Add (Living) Plants
Plants can bring life to your home. Violets in a windowsill and herbs in a pot, in particular, can make your home feel lived in.
Make sure you get real plants, not artificial ones, as they provide a range of benefits. And don’t worry, it’s okay if your potted plants don’t live forever. A few dollars for a plant that lives for months is actually a pretty good deal.
Use these ideas to make your place home sweet home — while maintaining the peace between you and your landlord along the way.