When you move into a rented apartment, you might find that you are slightly worried about adding too much personalisation. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one who feels like this! In fact, the majority of people who live in rented accommodation are too scared to change much of the decor in their apartment. They are afraid that they might do something that makes them lose their deposit once they move out.
In actual fact, though, there is quite a bit that you can do to an apartment to make it feel like your own. It’s a really good idea to do so, as a well-decorated apartment can feel a lot more personal and just like your own little haven away from the world. Thankfully, most changes that you can make shouldn’t put your deposit at risk.
So, ready to transform your rented apartment into a gorgeous home? Here’s how it can be done!
Change The Lights
You don’t have to stick with the same lights that were in the apartment when you moved in. For instance, just changing the lampshade can make a big difference, as you will be able to find one in a style and colour that better matches your tastes. If you don’t like the lamps that are in the apartment, you could always buy some new ones to replace them with. Just make sure that you keep hold of the original ones as they still belong to your landlord. They will want them back when you move out! You might also want to swap regular bulbs for energy saving ones as they are sometimes slightly dimmer, which can create a relaxing ambience in the rooms.
Swap The Window Treatment
You also don’t need to stick with the window treatment that is in the apartment when you move in. Feel free to change the curtains or blind. However, it’s best not to switch from curtains to a blind, or vice versa, as that might require you to drill into the wall, which your landlord certainly won’t be happy about! If you want some new drapes, you’ll be able to find ready made curtains online. There is also a wide selection of blinds in most household stores. If you do go to a shop to buy your blinds or curtains, just remember to take your window measurements with you so that you don’t buy the wrong sizes!
Make An Indoor Herb Garden
Plants are a great addition for any house as they will bring in plenty of colour and can really improve your interiors. But it’s also a nice touch to add an indoor herb garden to your kitchen. Not only will this add some extra greenery to the room, but all of the herbs will also release their fresh scents into the kitchen. It’s a great way to help your apartment smell like you’ve brought the outdoors in!
Add Statement Furniture
If you are unable to change the colour of the walls or the carpets, you might want to bring in one of two pieces of statement furniture. For instance, you could choose a large free-standing mirror that can turn the corner of the living room into a focal point, or a vintage armchair for you to get comfy in. These statement items will attract attention away from the walls and carpets, so they are a great way to distract you from these unchangeable features.
Use Neutral Paint On The Walls
If you are allowed to change the colour of your walls (this is something that you will need to check in your contract) then it’s a good idea to stick with some neutral colours. Generally speaking, it’s always best to keep your rented apartment as neutral as possible, as then you might be able to leave the walls as they are when you move out. If you paint them in bold colours, your landlord might ask you to paint them back to how they were when you moved in. And some dark colours are very tricky to paint over!
Bring In Rugs
Can’t change your carpets? No problem; you can just cover them in some pretty rugs. Rugs come in all kinds of shapes, colours and patterns, so I’m confident that you will be able to find some that can help to improve your apartment’s decor. The more you add, the cosier it will be too!
Once you use these tips, you might forget that you are renting your apartment. So, what are you waiting for?!