Finding a new place to live – whether you’re going from dorm to first apartment to place-with-your-BFF – can be pretty overwhelming. Should you get movers? Why do you need to pay tax when some landlords avoid paying tax? What happens when? Thankfully, moving can be manageable and (almost) fun if you’re smart and plan ahead. And the best part once you’ve moved in to your new home? Decorating it of course!
You don’t have to own an apartment or a house to make your home yours. Rentals can be challenging (unattractive flooring, standard white walls, and outdated light fixtures) but there are plenty of ways to work around the problem and tailor your apartment to your own tastes.
- Use modular furniture that you can customise to fit your space, Home Furniture Rental has a great range and is worth checking out.
- If your apartment has high ceilings, utilise the space above your kitchen cabinets to build in extra storage.
- A problem that many renters face: wall-to-wall carpet. By adding bright accents and layering area rugs over the floors, the carpet doesn’t seem so bad.
- If your rental comes with some surprising colour, work with it rather than against it. The green tea towels, dishes, and kitchen chairs make their kitchen seem very pulled-together and bright.
- One of the best ways to streamline a rental apartment is to consolidate your storage and hide it behind closed doors.
- To really make an apartment your own, hang some artwork. If your landlord is dead set against any nails going into the wall, try some picture hanging strips instead.
- Some landlords will allow you to paint as long as you choose a neutral. Even the slightest hint of colour can transform an apartment and freshen up the walls. If you can’t paint, bring colour into your home through furnishings, wallpaper and artwork.
- Take down those ugly plastic blinds and dress your windows with something a little nicer: roman shades, floor-length curtains, a screen-printed panel… anything that will soften up your room and complement your decor.
- Replace outdated ceiling lights with something a little more stylish.
- You don’t have to undertake a full-scale renovation to transform your kitchen.