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How to Personalize Your Home When You're Renting

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Renting an apartment or house has a lot of benefits, but personalizing it can seem like a challenge when your landlord places limitations on what you can customize. Many landlords won’t allow you to even paint the walls, let alone change things like flooring and cabinets. However, this doesn’t have to stop you from having a stylish home that feels like you. There are plenty of ways to personalize a rental that will make it beautiful without making any major changes. Try these decorating tips for renters to turn your rental into a place you love.

Decorating Tips for Renters

The Walls

While some landlords will allow you to paint the walls with the stipulation that you paint them back to the original color when you leave, some aren’t so flexible. If you can’t paint the walls, there is still plenty you can do to personalize them. Large pieces of art or tapestries are a great way to bring personality to bland walls. To save money, you can make your own art. Some options are to buy canvases at craft stores that you can paint with abstract designs or you can cut plywood and stencil over it. You could also frame wrapping paper or fabric for an even easier but equally stylish DIY project. Colorful or patterned curtains also work well for spicing up bland walls. They don’t have to be limited to just the windows, either. You can hang them across a blank wall for a beautiful effect, especially behind a bed or sofa.

The Floors

Area rugs are the best way to cover up unattractive flooring. You can even layer them over carpet. No, that’s not a decorating faux pas! Area rugs can look great layered over carpeting as long as you choose something that is the right size for the space and complements the rest of the décor. If don’t want to bring in color through an area rug, choose something that has a great texture, such as a natural fiber rug or shag.


You may not be able to switch out or paint the cabinets in a kitchen or bathroom, but you can change out the hardware. This simple switch may be small but it can make a big impact on making the cabinets look a little more chic and updated. When you move out, you can easily switch the hardware back to the originals with no damage. Stylish accessories on the countertops and above the cabinets will also help distract from unattractive or boring cabinets.


One of the easiest things to change out in a rental is the lighting. Lighting can make a huge difference on a space, both with the ambiance and the style of it. If the lighting is outdated, invest in some beautiful chandeliers or other stylish fixtures. You can change them back when you leave and take the ones you love with you. You’ll be amazed by how much of a difference this small change will make on the entire feel of your home! Want some personalized, budget-friendly advice on how to spruce up your rental? We’d love to help! >>]]>

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