If you are into remodeling or personalizing your space, living in a rental apartment could be hard. Any drastic changes in your place could cost you your deposit. However, if you already live in a rental, you can still personalize your space without hurting your deposit. There are plenty of ways you can work around a problem and tailor your apartment according to your taste. Here are some tips on how you can personalize your apartment.
Use colorful throw rugs on top of carpeting
Who says you can’t put your favorite rug on top of the carpeting in your studio apartment? This is actually an excellent way to modernize your new space and protect the carpet and your deposit. Make sure that you choose a sturdy rug so that it doesn’t bunch up. An affordable alternative are indoor-outdoor rugs. You can play around with different patterns and colors to fit your accent colors.
Create a gallery wall
When you create a gallery wall, you are creating an impact on a boring and blank room without causing any damage. You can have a series of photos or artwork arranged on your wall to make the room more lively. If you don’t want to have nail holes, you can use stick-on picture hooks that can be removed for damage-free hanging. Be sure that you only hang light-weight pieces.
Cover up outdated cabinets
Cabinets are one of the fixtures that are being overlooked by most landlords. Installed many years ago with no sign of updating, they can be a real eye-sore. Fortunately, there’s always a solution to help them look modern and sophisticated. Carefully cover these old cabinets with the use of removable vinyl or patterned contact paper. This way, you won’t have to repaint them and it’s easy to change back. If you have wooden cabinets, you can make them more attractive by using floral patterns or colored marble patterns. You can also pick colors that suit your taste and personality.
Replace some hardware
If you want to add style to your apartment, you can replace the handles and knobs of the cabinets. This is a very simple task that you can do yourself. Just loosen the old screws and replace with the new hardware. Make sure you don’t throw the original hardware away as you may need to put them back when you leave the apartment. Also, be careful not to damage the finish of the cabinet when replacing the hardware.
Use removable wallpaper
A little paint can make a huge impact to any room. The color of the rooms in your apartment can affect your mood and sense of space. However, if this is something that your landlord will not allow, don’t worry because you have another option. You can use removable wallpaper instead. This is very handy for those who want to customize their space. The nice thing about wallpaper is you can choose the patterns and designs based on your taste. You can design your room according to a theme with the help of these removable wallpapers.
Dress your windows
Instead of sticking to the old, yellowed and ugly plastic blinds, dress your windows nicely to make your apartment feel more like a home. You can have floor length drapes, roman shades or even sheer curtains that will complement your décor. Get something that lets the light in or blocks it out, depending on your needs and style.
Adjust the light
If the only source of light in your apartment is a boring flush mount fluorescent, you can swap these fixtures and go for something more contemporary and sophisticated. You can have an industrial chandelier, floor or table lamp or anything that’s illuminating and stylish. Choose something that will complement the rest of your apartment’s décor. Have fun with it!