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How to Decorate a Rental Apartment

How to Decorate a Rental Apartment

Sometimes it can be hard to find a starting point when decorating your first apartment (or second or third, so on). To help you out, we have compiled a list of the few things that will get you on your way to a stylish new apartment. 

Set up an entryway

Get some coat hooks, a slim basket for umbrellas, a chic accent chair for putting on shoes and a mirror that dresses up the wall (which will be useful for last minute touch-ups). Also having a place to put away all the your shoes will be good to keep things organized.

Install Window Treatments

The right curtains or shades will help give your space a polished look, just make sure they are the right length and look for your space.

Personalize the bathroom

To make a rental feel more like home, add your own style in the bathroom, have custom shower curtains, towels, decor and art on the walls. 

Add storage to your bathroom

A few extra shelves wouldn't hurt to help keep your bathroom organized and tidy.

Spruce up the hallways

Even if the hallway is also the living room and the kitchen, you can still decorate the little nooks and corners of the space. Think something like a little table with some decor on it, a wine rack, etc.

Hide furnaces and AC units creatively

It's tough having decorated a whole space and something like an AC unit is a huge eyesore in a room. Here’s a few ideas we found on Pinterest, 31 creative ways to hide eyesores around your home The possibilities are endless!

Keep clothing organized

Nothing ruins the look of a room like clothing scattered all over the floor. Optimize your closet with a hamper, drawers, shelves and hangers that make it easy to stay organized. 

Swap out light fixtures

Most apartments come with ceiling mount light fixtures that can be easily replaced without rewiring anything at all: simply pick out your new fixture, unscrew the old one, and replace it with your new, better fixture.

Removable wallpaper is your friend

This can be the perfect temporary solution to ugly tiles in a bathroom or kitchen, doors, and of course, walls. If you pick the right design, peel and sticks aren’t a bad option for renters!

Get some art on the walls

More so than furniture, the items you choose for your walls, as well as their placement and arrangement, are unique to you and help you personalize your rental. When in doubt, stick to a theme and don’t over clutter an area. 

Use color wisely

Start with a neutral base, then begin adding in a bit of color here and there. You could also choose a single statement item that brings a bit of fun color, this could be a rug, a chair, an art piece, whatever!

Happy decorating!


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