Make sure you check with your landlord, but if you are going to be living in your rental apartment or home for a longer length of time, here are some ideas to help you feel like it is yours.
- Paint it before you move all your possessions in. Even if the landlord already painted it, if you would prefer a different color, invest the time to re-paint. Use a good quality paint, and your hard work will be worth the results.
- Spruce up your kitchen cabinets with paint, choosing a color such as white, gray, or charcoal. If you would like to replace a cheaper laminate counter top, think about investing in IKEA’s low-cost Birch Butcherblock. You can also add pendant lighting and make that the focal point of the room.
- Make sure your light switches and plugs are the same color as your walls so they will appear to “diminish”. If you are trying to blend in a radiator, you could paint it white or black or enclose it with walnut.
- Change up the lighting fixtures in the rooms. Try using floor and table lamps that reflect your own style.
- Freshen up your bathroom by using fresh, crisp linens, a ceramic case with flowers, or something green. All of these things will brighten up the space. If you have the money to invest, you can also have the bathtub, tiles, or old mildew re-glazed. A free-standing vanity is also a good choice.
- Blinds can definitely date a room so modernize them. You can cover them up by hanging drapery in front of them if you don’t want to invest in brand new blinds.
- Add dimmers to make the lighting softer throughout the apartment/house.
- Invest in furniture you can take with you when you move.
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