Ways to Add Personal Touches to Your Apartment
Whether you’ve just graduated and are on your own for the first time or you’re an experienced renter, you might want to find ways to show your personality and style in your apartment. Naturally, watching home improvement shows that only cater to homeowners can be a bit frustrating at times. So, if knocking down walls or replacing the carpeting isn’t quite what your rental agreement allows, what can you do to put your personal touch on your apartment?
There are a few projects that almost anyone can do to help dress up a rented space without breaking the bank. Just remember to review your lease agreement and obtain all necessary permissions before you install any wall-mounted decorations, shelving or electronics.
Display Favorite Items
Whether you’re a collector or simply have some special items, consider displaying them on a wall. Apartment Therapy suggests using hooks to showcase items such as guitars or wide-brimmed hats. In addition to personalizing your space with unique decor, you won’t have to use precious drawer or closet space for the items you display.
Shelves are another way to display certain items. If your lease doesn’t allow you to hang shelves, try building your own bookcase by stacking old wooden crates on their sides, BobVila.com says. You can decide how tall or wide to make your bookcase, and then fill the spaces with books or other items you want to showcase. When it’s time to move out, simply unstack the crates.
Use Temporary Accessories
Rugs are a good way to infuse some color and personality in a small space, The Spruce says. Even if your rental has carpeting, you can brighten up a room by placing an area rug on top of it.
Swapping out drawer handles is another way to personalize a rented home, suggests BobVila.com. Simply remove handles to kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities with a screwdriver and replace them with hardware that suits your style. Be sure to safely store the original handles, as you’ll want to put them back in place before you move out of your rental, BobVila.com says.
Decorate With Tape
Removable washi tape can be used to create patterns on your walls, according to The Spruce. The paper tape is sold in a wide variety of colors and patterns, and can easily be peeled off. Choose a few rolls that reflect your style, and use them to add geometric designs on your walls, or spell out a favorite word or phrase. Other ideas for washi tape placement include window trims, baseboards and closet doors. Since you may not be able to paint your apartment walls, BobVila.com suggests creating a patterned, colorful wall with the tape. Before you start, you may want to test the tape in an inconspicuous area to make sure it doesn’t remove the paint.
From your kitchen to your bedroom, there are many ways you can make a statement in your rented home without making permanent changes. Your personal touches can help show off your taste while helping make your apartment truly feel like home.
Originally published on March 21, 2014.