5 Ways to Make Your Rental a Home
Living in a rental can be a beautiful thing. It offers the freedom to bounce from place to place, and the opportunity to get a feel for different neighborhoods and buildings. And let's be honest, life happens, and breaking a lease takes less time than selling a home! But temporariness is both apartment-living’s key virtue and downfall. And you’re not alone if you moved in six months ago and have yet to feel truly settled. Read on for five ways to make your rental a home.
A bit of green truly brings a space to life. Even the plant-challenged can find success with a few small succulents and cacti. These cheerful guys are low-maintenance and can spawn more plants. Quick tip: cut a three to four-inch branch off a healthy jade plant, let it dry for one to two weeks, plant it in some cactus potting mix (make sure the container has a drainage hole), and watch it take off. Green thumbs for all!
Your furniture may be of the IKEA fare, but your personal memories aren’t, so incorporate them into your space to make it your own. Whether print or digital, we started this business to make it easier for people to frame and display the things they love. And if you’re leery of putting holes in your walls, you have options: large prints can look great when simply leaned up against a wall.
A typical rental will come with some track lighting or one of those mammary-like overheads. Do not settle for these. Invest in lamps and candles. Bonus: they're easy to move with. Having a variety of lighting schemes can create depth and texture. Pause to imagine yourself curled up under lamplight with a good book. Sigh.
Yes, the white-washed look is in, but it’s not for everyone. With $50 and a few weekend hours, you can dramatically transform your space with a vibrant cobalt or dove gray. If a lease agreement stipulates walls must be painted back before moving out, try doing one or two accent walls.
5. Small Furniture
In an interview with Business Insider, interior designer Nina Etnier says rental living shouldn’t deter you from acquiring beautiful furnishings. But carefully consider the kinds of furnishings you spend your money on. "I wouldn't invest a lot in things that you can't take with you," Etnier says. Choose "a beautiful side table, a nice dresser, coffee tables—pieces that are going to work wherever you land.” Great advice.
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