Moving into your own place is exciting. Finally, you have somewhere to call your own, your own space to be yourself. The trouble is, most rental apartments are kind of boring when it comes to decoration. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a few original features, but for the most part, they are usually decorated with a neutral, boring colour.
If you’re planning on living there for a long time, and your landlord is fine with it, then you can put some time and effort into redecorating. But really, there’s a limit to what you can do if you don’t own the property.
However, there are still ways to turn your rented apartment into a stylish space that reflects your personality – read on to discover some great ideas!
Create a gallery wall
Gallery walls are a great way to display personal photos or art prints. You take a selection of frames in various sizes, colours, and styles and arrange them on your wall. The trick is to make it look haphazard, but stylish even though you’ll spend way too much time trying to arrange them. In keeping with the style of your apartment, you can go monochrome with a selection of black and white frames or go with a shabby chic, vintage look.
There’s still a lot of scope to make your apartment the way you want it through your use of fabrics and soft furnishings. Curtains, cushions, and bed linens can create a stylish, comfortable atmosphere to relax in. The good news is, when you move, you can take them with you.
Plants are an easy and cost-effective way to decorate your apartment. They give a fresh, modern feel. Chose from plants or flowers that are suitable for the light levels in your apartment. If you’re terrible at keeping plants alive opt for succulents or try out a range of artificial plants. If you choose the right ones, they can look very realistic, and they’re much harder to kill.
Use room dividers
These are great for not only dividing up your living space into separate areas, but they are an interior fashion statement in themselves. You can go for a traditional folding room divider or you can use decorative bookcase style divider that you can put ornaments or other accessories on.
If you have an open plan living area, dividers are great for repurposing areas without making the space look too busy. For example, if you need an area of your apartment for working, hiding your messy desk behind a room divider will keep the overall look of the apartment clear.
Use rugs to create an overall style
Another way to create an overall style look for your apartment is to use area rugs. If you have wooden or tiled floors, they can make the place less cold and provide a focal point for the room. Again, it’s worth spending money to get the right size and style as you’ll be able to take them with you when you move.1