Decorating a Rental Apartment

It’s not a million-dollar question, but tenants will ask this question every time. How much change to a rental apartment is too much and how much is acceptable. Moving into a new apartment can be a headache on its own, moving furniture (hopefully there’s an elevator) and replacing your Government ID because of the new address, these are just two headaches from a move. Changing the apartments décor to suit your style is a must but can be a huge pain, as there are may be rules in place to limit the changes you can make.

Here are some tips to help you turn your boring rental apartment into a dream space, while maintaining a healthy relationship with your property manager.

Contractually, What can I do?

It’s all written in your initial contractual agreement which you signed before you moved in, this should be able to guide you on what you can and what you can’t do. Do your due diligence, consult your contract before you commence on any décor change in your apartment. Adding a few pieces of art to the wall, okay! Changing out the cabinets, not likely!  There is a thin line between what’s acceptable and what may not be agreeable with your property manager. Remember, whatever you do, it should be something you can undo when it is time to leave.

Is there anything I should stay away from?

You should stay away from irreversible, permanent changes to the apartment. Instead of painting your wall, you could try to work around using easily-removed solutions like accent decors that you can easily remove when need be. Not only will this up your creativity, it will also ensure that your apartment gets that look that is stylish and comfortable.

How can I spice up my kitchen?

Decorating the kitchen should be fun even in a rental apartment. Once you know the colours you are shooting for and how you want to combine them, picking out gadgets that will make up the entire kitchen should not be a problem. Luckily, stainless steel materials can match with just about any colour and they make up the most abundant ware in the kitchen. You can find Appliances in nearly all colours (although this could get expensive) and you can pick out the appliance based on the colour scheme.  Apart from kitchen ware, you can go on to retouch your cabinet finishes. If you are looking at a gold or silver finish, you can change your cabinet door knobs and you will be good to go. Do not forget, the contract is a guide to what you can change and what you can’t.

Comfy or classy bathrooms

Bathrooms are personal spaces and you sure want to make it as personal as possible. Sassing up your bathroom look can be fun as much as it can be useful. You could change the vanity or add a new floating cabinet to hold toiletries, you just have to be mindful of how much changes you can make. Even just staging the bathroom with luxurious towels and some nice art will go along way.

What about the rest of the space?

The main room can be the perfect spot where décor can make the biggest improvement. Instead of painting, you can personalization this room by using colourful pillows, a luxurious sofa / rug combination or even add a custom chair for some more added effect. You can also play around with the drapes; they give your sitting room a look of elegance without taking too much space away from you. You could go ‘green’ with potted plants, depending on the colour accent you are working with. Get creative and add a pot of roses to go with some red pillows on your sofa. Know that every detail counts and don’t overplay the décor game. Apartments tend to be on the smaller side, so use mirrors to create the illusion of a larger room.

Decorating a Rental Apartment

Decorating can be quite simple and straight forward, it also has a way of making a space uniquely yours. Take your time, do your research and find out what colours you like and go together. If you follow these steps your apartment will look fantastic.

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