You’ve found the perfect apartment to rent and can see the potential for it to be a great space but your landlord’s rules are making it impossible to make the space feel like your own. No drilling holes in the walls. No repainting. No changing up the awful colored carpet in your living room. It can be a frustrating process when all you really want to do is make it feel like home without losing your deposit!
With the help of our #mywestelm gallery, and some top tips from our home stylists, we’ve pulled together the ultimate renter’s guide to decorating and how you can style the space within the confines of your landlord’s house rules!
1. Storage, storage, storage
“It’s rare to move in to a rental with storage. Adding multipurpose pieces (like this Industrial Modular Storage) will give you room to hide away clutter, display art work and store books for example. It’s an easy way to make it feel like home!”
2. Let there be light!
“Lighting fixtures (like this chandelier)are super easy to switch out for an instant transformation. Replacing an outdated or conventional fixture with something more stylish and modern is a quick and cost-effective way to refresh a rental space.”
3. Rugs help eliminate an all-white space.
“Rugs are a great way to cover up ugly floors – especially rentals with carpet! As it’s a rented space, pick out a rug that is neutral enough for it to work in whatever space you might move on to next. (The Souk rug is a great example).”
4. Can’t hang art? Rest it!
“Most rentals will allow you to hang art on the proviso that you patch up any holes made in the walls before you move out. To avoid this hassle, resting your art work on side tables (like this Modern buffet), desks or shelves is a great alternative. It’s super easy to switch up if you get bored of it too!”
5. Plants make great masks!
“A rented apartment often means there’s a lot of white wall space. Plants are a great way to mask white space, especially if you don’t have enough furniture to fill the space. Be sure to mix up the sizes and types of plants. It’s a great way to add some greenery especially in apartments that don’t have garden space! The plants next to this Mid-Century Media unit are a great example!”
6. Add some color with pillows.
“Colorful pillows and throws whether scattered/draped on a bed or sofa, are a great way to inject some color and personality into a rented space. Mix up sizes, textures and colors for a winning style!”
What are you top tips for decorating a rental space?