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Making a small space feel truly homey can be a challenge with rental rules limiting your decoration options.


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Decorating a rental home isn’t impossible, all it takes is a little creativity and genius to make things work.

Whether you’re a long-term rental looking to make your apartment feel like a well-polished home or are a first-time apartment dweller, you know the struggle of making your space reflect your style while still abiding by the landlord’s rules.

There are several simple decorating solutions that can drastically transform your space and best of all, are completely risk-free. Learn how to make your rented space feel more like home below!

Removable Wallpaper Is Your Best Friend

The default paint colour of most rental spaces tends to be various neutral shades such as white, beige, and off-white.

While this colour palette is perfect for those who enjoy a minimalist or clean aesthetic, the bland white spaces can feel cold and boring. If you’re looking to spice things up and give your apartment some character, wallpaper can completely change the way a space looks and feels. 

Many people used to be hesitant to use wallpaper due to its tedious application and removal, however, the days of using glue and special canvases are far behind us. Nowadays, you can find peel and stick wallpaper with modern and unique designs that are easy to install and look great.

Go Green

Apartments generally don’t have any outdoor space or landscaping opportunities. Bring the outdoors inside by incorporating lush, leafy plants into your interior. 

Whether there’s not enough sunlight in your home or you don’t have the patience and time to take care of a plant, there are plenty of species that thrive with minimal attention and sunlight.

Maximize Your Space With Mirrors

Rented spaces rarely have enough square footage to satisfy your storage needs and fit all your furniture.

Being mindful of the size of your furniture and the number of other arrangements in your space is a great step towards achieving a bright and airy atmosphere. Another great way to create the illusion of a larger room is to add mirrors in strategic places. 

If you have a bare wall and adding a bookcase or bulkier furniture will make the room seem too cramped, consider adding an oversized mirror, as it’ll make the space seem bigger while adding some drama.

Art Matters

Adding your personal touch to a space can be as easy as hanging up a few paintings. 

If you’re not a fan of wallpaper and aren’t allowed to paint the walls, incorporating a few paintings is the pop of colour you’re looking for. Art can take many forms, from DIY paintings to cherished photographs you took of your favourite memories. 

Frame your favourite pictures or paint your own art pieces and put them up on display above a couch or an empty wall.

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