It can be hard to make a rental home or apartment feel personal. There are some ways you can decorate a rental on a budget so that you can make it your own without spending a fortune. Bonus, all of these tips won’t ruin anything so you can still get back your deposit!
Before you start going crazy updating and decorating your rental, make sure you have permission from you landlord to do so. Especially if you will be changing out any hardware or anything that is attached to a wall.
They will most likely agree since you will be improving the look of the rental, but always ask just to make sure. It’s a good idea to give them a full description of your plan and how it will improve the value of the property.
I have tried to keep all of these simple DIY ideas and updates budget friendly and have included links to help you start looking for inspiration.
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How to Decorate a Rental on a Budget
Add some Character
Having plain white walls, hardware, and light switch covers can be so boring! Changing them up is the easiest and most affordable way to add some character to your rental property. Just remember to label and store away the ones you removed to put them back when you move out.
Change out the knobs and pulls on the bathroom and kitchen cabinets for an instant updated look.
Change the light switch covers to fit your style.
Add a ceiling medallion around a chandelier or light fixture to instantly add prominence.
Add More Light
If your rental property seems too dark there are a few things you can do to make it brighter.
Change recessed lights into pendants with a light conversion kit for more impact in the entryway or over the dining room table.
Add some under cabinet lights with easy to install LED tape lights.
More Rental Friendly Upgrades
You can always update the kitchen with stick on tiles for a pretty backsplash. They can be cut to fit using scissors and will go over paint or wallpaper.
To remove them, simply warm them with a blow dryer and peel off. A non abrasive cleanser removes any leftover glue.
Check out this post for more cheap ways to update your kitchen.
Update the bathroom
For some quick bathroom updates try adding a new shower head. You can give your bathroom a spa feel for less than $50. Just remember to keep the original one to reinstall before you move out.
If you have a plain square mirror that is unfinished, you can make a custom size frame that will stick to the mirror’s edge with tape. It is easily removable. You can find some at mirrormate.com
Check out this post for more bathroom updates on a budget.
I hope some of these tips have given you a place to start. Use this as inspiration to decorate your rental on a budget to really make it your own.