Don’t let being a renter stop you from making your home look and feel special. As a renter, it probably doesn’t make sense for you to invest significantly in your current dwelling, but there are low-cost projects you should take advantage of – whether you consider this to be your long-term home or simply a stop-over on your road to home ownership.
Some landlords will take on this task for you, but others will expect you to spruce up the walls on your own, particularly if you have been in the same space for a number of years. Drab walls immediately downgrade the look of any room. Painting it by yourself is a relatively easy and inexpensive project. Before taking on the task, make sure your landlord approves of this change, particularly if you will be tearing down wallpaper.
Create the illusion of space
You may not be able to break down walls, due to not having tools to do it or it is bound by contract that you can’t break down walls, but you can open up an area by hanging large mirrors on one or more surfaces. Mirror can go floor to ceiling, take up half a wall or be clustered as an arrangement, making a small dining or living room feel much larger.
Think about what parts of the room you wish to have reflected before hanging anything. If you do want to turn small rooms into one large one, or add a wall in order to have more rooms, have that conversation with your landlord. Focus on the added value the alteration would bring to the property and find out if your landlord would be willing to foot the bill.
Bring the outdoors in
There’s no problem if you don’t have a backyard. If you have good sunlight, take advantage of your window sills or create a box garden. If your sunlight is less than optimum, plant-grow lights can turn any dark room into a greenhouse, adding enough light to support a wide variety of plants.
Give your hardware flair
Replace all those generic-looking hardware you have in your house with elegant and inexpensive replacements that fit your style and color scheme. Just make sure you hold on to them.
Think on your feet
If less than new carpeting or unpolished wood floors came with your apartment, check with your landlord if you can replace them. There are a number of low-cost flooring options you might wish to install yourself. You can also buy colorful and removable area rugs to cover up what’s underneath.
Surround yourself with yourself
Hang your favorite photos and paintings on the walls, fill your rooms with collectibles you love and let yourself breath into your space, making it a home rather than a stop-over. It doesn’t matter how long you live in a rental, nest building is necessary, as it creates a sanctuary for you to relax in.