Ways to Decorate Your Rental Like You Own It
Oftentimes, the rules and regulations that come with renting a house or apartment can make the rental feel very much like a temporary living space rather than a home. If tenants don’t have ideas as to how they can make their rental house or apartment feel more like home in the midst of the rules that their landlords have laid out, they oftentimes might not do anything to try and decorate at all. As property managers in Redding and Shasta County, we want every tenant to feel at home in their rental home. If you are a tenant who would like to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home you own, we would like to offer you some different ways that you can decorate your rental while still abiding by the rules that your landlord has laid out.
- Bring in colorful furniture – Landlords usually do not allow tenants to paint the walls in the rental house or apartment. If you are renting a house or apartment and feel like white walls surround you, one way that you can bring some color into your rooms and make your living space feel more like home is to bring in colorful furniture. It’s as easy as choosing several colors that you feel will accent each other and then painting different pieces of furniture in those different colors. The white walls that you used to dislike will now bring out the colors of the furniture in each room, capturing your attention every time you step foot through the front door.
- Dress up your windows – While you may not be allowed to remove or replace the blinds that your landlord installed on your windows, another way that you can bring some color into your house or apartment is to get some trendy curtains that cover up those blinds and accent the colors of the furniture in each room. Curtains are great accessories that easily change the look and feel of a room.
- Style your floors with trendy rugs – Is your rental house or apartment covered in the unappealing carpet? Does it feel like there is too much hardwood floor or tile going on in some of the rooms? Large, trendy area rugs are like a secret weapon for decorating a rental home. They will not only cover that shabby carpet that you have to put up with, but they will also get rid of any excess space that you feel in a room.
- Mirrors make everything better – Are there some rooms in your rental that feel like they need a little bit more light? One way you can make a room look brighter and more spacious is by hanging mirrors as wall décor. If you hang a mirror across from a window in your room, the light from the outside will come through the window and reflect back into the room off of the mirror. This will create more light in the room. Mirrors also help to give the illusion that a room is bigger than it actually is.
- You can’t go wrong with pictures – Now this is something you can get really creative with. Depending on what style you are going for in your house or apartment, filling up space on a wall with prints in that style will add a lot to a room. Pictures also make a rental feel more like a home because they are personal. Search Pinterest for some ideas in the style you are going for, give it a go and I guarantee you will feel more at home and will have guests eyeing your walls in no time.
- Lighting works wonders – Have you ever walked into a room that was dim and all of a sudden felt tired or emotional? The lighting in a room puts off more of an atmosphere than we realize sometimes. If you want to bring some more light into your rooms, it’s as simple as buying some lamps. Depending on the style you are going for, hit up a local store and find some lamps that match your theme and will help to make the rooms feel brighter and more refreshing.
- Add unique accessories – Adding accessories to a room can accent everything that you have going on in the room and can also fill it out. For inspiration, check out Pinterest or the home décor magazine of your choice. Small candles or plants that last for a while, such as succulents or orchids, are some accessories that can make a room feel more refreshing and light-hearted.
These are just a few ideas on how you can work around the rules that your landlord has laid out in order to make your rental house or apartment feel more like a home that you own. If you have any questions or would like information on how you can best take care of your rental as a tenant, feel free to call us at 530-410-6085! We do property management in Redding and Shasta County and would love to help you in any way that we can!
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