People who rent a house or an apartment have a hard time while adding personal touches to their living space. For renters, housing and all matters related to it are a challenge. The fear of losing their security deposit or the risk of breaking the rental contract, often unconsciously, makes renters compromise over a lot of things they might dislike. Living in a rented space is more often than not a temporary arrangement and people usually find it hard to settle down in a house that is not entirely their own. However, it doesn’t always have to be that way. Tenants can make the most of the situation if they take the right steps. Not allowed to paint the walls of your house? No problem. In this blog, we will discuss not only some home decorating hacks for renters but also explore some low risk decorations for renters.
Ways to personalize rented homes
There are many ways through which you can personalize rented homes without breaking too many rules. The best part is not everything you wish to revamp requires extra time or money. Small and simple things like changing the shower head or upgrading the lights can make a huge difference in how you feel about your rented abode. In addition, you can try out some easy DIY house decorations that can help create more storage space and also bring about a budget-friendly upgrade. Have a look at these top 10 home decorating hacks for renters.
- Use plants in home decor
- Paint furniture instead of walls
- DIY storage space
- Add personal touches to your bathroom
- Invest in portable furniture
- Customize your wall
- Use washi tapes
- 3D paper art for your wall
- Change your lighting
- Inexpensive kitchen upgrades
Use plants in home décor
A cheap home decorating hack for renters: Add plants to your home. Plants add instant warmth to your home. Indoor plants that clean the air in your living room also have amazing benefits. They also help purify the air in your home and also remove toxins suspended in air from aerosol sprays and perfumes. It is a simple and inexpensive low risk decoration for renters.
You can’t paint the wall, but you can paint your furniture
What if you have rented an apartment and the first thing that bothers you are its plain white walls? It’s even more bothersome if you like trendy wall colours. Your landlord might not like if you change the wall colour and personalize your rented home according to your taste. However, an easy decorating hack for renters can be to paint the furniture and give it a trendy look. If you don’t want to paint your entire furniture with, let’s say, a hue of pink, you can accent parts with regular paint.
When putting paint on a piece of wooden furniture, first clean it. Use sandpaper to even out the surface. Coat a primer. Give two coats of the paint of your choice. Keep it away from children until the paint dries off on its own. This is a quick DIY renters’ home decorating hack that can breathe new life into your space without doing a lot.
Modular bookshelves and DIY storage space
You can make your own shelf and storage space. Using this simple decorating tip for renters, make use of old shoe boxes and cardboard boxes and convert them into a bookshelf or an open storage space. If the shoe box or carton is big, you can make a big shelf. Use washi tape or decorative wrapping paper to add some panache. You can also paint them. If the container is small, you can make a colourful DIY jewelry organizer for your dressing table.
If the boxes are big, you can keep your folded laundry in it or maybe use it for keeping easy-to-grab stationery items. Open storage spaces, like a cabinet without its doors, which are not attached to the wall are a renter’s best buddy. They will never leave you and go with you and also require less time and effort for preparation.
You can also make your own DIY eye-popping storage displays using cardboard boxes. This will give a modular storage space. It also gives you wiggle room to personalize rented home the way you like. Another benefit of having open storage spaces is that you will be saved the trouble of making a conscious effort to open a drawer or a cabinet and you’ll have a better idea of the things you own.
Small bathroom changes
This is inarguably one of the simplest DIY home decorating hacks for renters. Once you realize how effortless replacing a shower head is, you would regret why you never thought of it before. It instantly adds to your everyday experience and is quite an easy and affordable process. You can easily swap with the old one it once you move out. You can also add a colourful bathroom organizer and hang it by the bathroom door. Or maybe change the faucet into a stylish trendy one. Keep the ones you inherited from your renter in a safe place and remember to place them back where they belonged before you move out.
Rolling and movable furniture
Investing in portable furniture is one of the cheap and easy home decorating tips for renters. Rolling and movable furniture is the best choice of a renter. It brings ease and comfort into your home. And the moment you decide you have to move to another rented house, you can easily take the furniture with you. For your main bedroom, you can have a rolling chester instead of hard-to-move cabinets. That way you can easily shift the chester from one bedroom to another as the need arises. In the kitchen, having a rolling kitchen cabinet requires easy installation and easier deconstruction. Plus, if at any point in time you feel you do not need to cabinet any more you can easily dismantle it and keep it at a safe spot.
Removable wall stickers
Wall stickers give your room a trendy look. They come in various kinds of unique designs. A family tree having picture frames, calligraphy or maybe an abstract design are a few wall sticker designs. You can choose whatever design goes well with your home décor. Unlike wallpaper or other types of decorative wall trends, wall stickers are relatively easy to apply. Your landlord might appreciate your effort of turning a dull lifeless place into an interesting one. An exciting DIY home decorating tip for renters – you just need half an hour to place the wall sticker and voila! You have a customized wall.
Use washi tapes
Use washi tapes to decorate your furniture and walls. There are colourful washi tapes available which you can easily apply on the furniture or on your cabinets to give an upbeat trendy feel to the room. Even your fridge, which usually come in dull colors, can be given a bright new look with these washi tapes. Add a bit of glitz and glam and transform your dull looking refrigerator with a trendy look.
3D Paper Art for your walls
For your kids’ bedroom, you can try this DIY renters’ home decorating tip: cut out sunflowers and make its petals stand out from the rest. Fold paper in a way that the center of sunflower sticks with the easily removable sticky tag on the wall while its petals are free. This gives a 3D effect to the room. Children usually love this sort of home décor. You can try out different flowers or even make a beach corner with different kinds of sea animals and fish on a blue glaze paper. You can also ask your children to be a part of the entire process and help them learn about different home decor ideas.
Use lighting wisely
There are limited options of lighting in rented houses. Consider removing some of the overhead lights for inexpensive trendy ones. Even if you spend more than you think you should on stylish light fixtures, remember you can easily take them with you when you move out.
Inexpensive renter-friendly kitchen upgrades
Change your cabinet hardware. Change the kitchen cabinet knobs and hardware. Keep them safe. You can always replace them when you move. Or you can may be add new knobs to kitchen cabinets. You won’t be losing any money as you would be taking the kitchen cabinet hardware with you. Also, you can line the back of your cabinets with colourful wrapping paper to give a bright look to your room.
Once you’ve made these changes, you can also take a look at these affordable kitchen decoration hacks. Of course, speak with the owner of the house before taking on any of these projects.
These were a few ways to decorate a rental space. Once you are looking to buy a house of your own and can invest in kitchen decor, try out these timeless kitchen design ideas as well. For more updates, stay tuned to the best lifestyle blog in Pakistan.