It’s common to think that a rental property is restrictive to tenants, especially when it comes to design. But a rental can represent your taste and lifestyle, just like a home. Personalizing a rental is possible without damaging the property or even spending a lot of money, according to our home experts.
However, many rentals come with restrictions, sometimes too many to count. When renting a new apartment, most landlords require a damage deposit to guard against additions or changes not allowed on your lease. Damages can include anything from holes in the wall to stains in the carpet. When walls and flooring cannot be altered, it can really restrict décor decisions. But our home experts have provided us with many creative solutions to decorate and enjoy your rental without violating agreements with landlords.
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"Many products make it possible to add design on a large scale that are not permanent. For example, Tempaper is a temporary, “peel-and-stick” wallpaper that makes it possible to economically add wall paper to a rental. Add it to an accent wall to make a huge impact for relatively little cost." read more
"Look at photographs in magazines and on Houzz, they have been staged with items that can easily be removed and won’t leave any lasting marks since they usually don’t always belong to our clients. You can replicate these designer looks in your rental home, condo or apartment." read more
"Hanging art and curtains: When you can’t make any holes in the walls to hang curtain rods or wall accents, there are a couple of work-arounds, if what you’re hanging isn’t too heavy. 3M’s Command hanging products are great for hanging artwork or lightweight curtains/rods; tension rods can be used for hanging slightly heavier curtains; and for a more heady-duty solution, ReadyHang no-drill drapery hardware attaches to your window frames with a spring mechanism." read more
"Even though there may be some restrictions applied to the lease, keeping things simple and neutral may be allowed. Add accent walls in neutral colors to make it your own space. If these colors are done right and appeal to the new renters, the owner may not object to your ideas. Repainting one or two walls won’t be too costly in the beginning or in the end when moving out." read more