Today I wanted to talk about personalizing rental homes. Brendan and I are so happy to have a home together for the first time. Even though we are decorating within the constraints of our rental agreement, we are still able to personalize our space. Here are my tips!
1. Wall art.
via Better Homes and Gardens
via Little Green Notebook
Adding colorful art, and pictures of the important people in your life can personalize your space in a way that little else can. I think adding color to your walls, without actually painting, brightens up your space. I also really like the idea of hanging plates on the wall. My friend Callie did this in her beyond adorable house, and it looks so good.
I love putting up curtains. I think a nice window treatment can really add your own personal touch. There are some places in our house with cheap blinds, and I hate them. I know, I know, if you put up inexpensive blinds, that you’ll save money (curtains can be expensive!), but you can take them with you when you leave. We love our oatmeal colored curtains, they’ve got a great texture, offer privacy,and they have a vintage feel that I love. I know hanging curtains will leave holes in the wall, but you can pick up spackle at Target for about four bucks.
3. Unique Furniture
I understand the lure of Ikea. As I write this, I am sitting on our comfy Karlstad couch. When you are living in a non-permanent home it is easy to fall into the mindset of, “I’ll just buy this Ikea furniture now, and buy permanent furniture later.” Brendan and I have thought this same thought several times, and while I certainly do not regret our Ikea purchases, I am so happy that we have bought unique pieces to off-set the cookie cutter Ikea stuff. Seriously guys, check out Craigslist; or go to your local thrift store. I guarantee that you will find something amazing if you look long enough.
4. Light Fixtures
To be honest, the lighting in our house was probably purchased on sale some time in the mid to late nineties. None of it matches, and certainly all of it is dated. I have been looking at some cool, modern and whimsical lighting for our house. It must be pretty easy to replace light fixtures, and pretty cheap to get an electrician to do it for you, if you don’t want to. Talk to your landlord. I’m sure that he or she would be fine with you doing that, especially if you pay for an electrician to install and uninstall the more-awesome lighting.
5. Think green.
I love house plants. I think having a few well-placed plants, especially ones that are unique can be great ways to liven up your space.
Well, that’s all I have for today. Happy decorating!