When it comes time to decorate a rental apartment, sometimes all that white space can paralyze you. Break out of indecision with Zillow.com’s advice for making an apartment truly your own!
When making decorating decisions, think about how long you are going to live in the apartment. If you plan to stay for a while, it may be worth it to make time consuming changes like painting the walls. Your lease may state that you will have to repaint before you leave, or put back up original light fixtures if you decide to switch them out, but if you’re there for the long term you may find it worth it for the enjoyment you’ll get out of a personalized space. On the other hand, if it’s a short term rental or if you aren’t sure of how long you’ll be there, it’s probably worth waiting to make any major changes.
Don’t assume your landlord won’t let you make changes without talking to them first. They may not have a problem with you painting the walls a neutral color other than white, or perhaps they’re willing to share the cost of new window coverings with you.
If you’re concerned about leaving holes in the walls, there are wall hooks from companies like 3M that allow you to hang pictures without damaging the walls. For decorating without painting or wallpapering, wall stickers make your walls look more vibrant without causing any damage when it’s time take them off and move on to your next place.
Finally, use accessories to make your apartment feel more like home. Whether it’s a vase of flowers on your dining table or a decorative bowl and a pile of books on your coffee table, little pieces can really help your space feel more like you. Plus, you can take them with you when you move!