People choose to rent instead of buy a home for many reasons.
Whether you are renting for a short term before purchasing a place or have decided to rent your long-term option, there is no reason why your rental house, condominium, or apartment should not feel like home.
Here are five simple ways you can perk up any rental unit and give it that inviting, homey feel that everyone desires:
You may be unable to paint or hang wallpaper in a rental. However, with the wall decals available today, that does not mean you are stuck with boring, plain walls. The decals of today are much better looking than in years before. You can quickly remove them from the wall when you leave, so you do not have to worry about losing your security deposit!
Curtains immediately make your home look homey. Also, they can help give you privacy and block out the hot rays of the daytime sun. If your rental does not have curtain rods, look at some of the brackets available today – they are easier to put up and take down than ever before.
Plain carpets or hardwood floors are not that inviting. Rugs are a great way to add color and a whole other dimension to any room. Today, you can find beautiful rugs even in stores like Target or Kohl’s – there is no need to go to a specialty shop.
In many cases, the lighting in rental units is insufficient. Consider table or floor lamps to give your space a little more light. Add an attractive lampshade, and you can bring the décor of the whole room together.
If you are working with a pre-furnished unit, it can be tempting to go with the current floor plan. Don’t be afraid to shift things around to fit your needs better. You will be amazed at how big of a difference it can make.
As you can see, just because you are renting does not mean you are stuck with a boring place that doesn’t feel like it belongs to you.
Give one or more of these ideas a try and make that rental feel like yours!