Tips for Decorating a Rental
1. Paint the Walls
Condos and apartments are typically small and somewhat open concept, so it is often a good idea to paint the majority of the space one light colour. This will keep the space from feeling too closed off and will help maintain a good flow. Take a chance with a fun colour in bedrooms or bathrooms (or keep it neutral!).
Are you a fan of wallpaper? There are tons of stylish removable options available. Check Etsy!
If your rental is outdated, chances are the kitchen is in pretty rough shape. With the permission of your landlord, paint the cabinets! I promise your kitchen will look 1000 times better without pouring any money into it. Dark cabinets, green cabinets, blue cabinets - all on trend for 2017!
2. Update the Lighting
I've never come across good lighting in a rental, so chances are, neither have you! Look for stylish, yet classic lighting options that you can bring with you to your next place. I chose a trendy chandelier when we moved into our condo three years ago and i've replaced it twice because I grew to hate it! Lighting doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, there are tons of amazing options (floor lamps, table lamps, and pendents) at stores like Homesense (Homegoods) for VERY affordable prices. Personally, I have glass island pendents from Homesense, a mid-range dining chandelier, a DIY Ikea hack flush mount (tutorial here), plug in wall sconces, and some great vintage lamps - a fantastic mix that fits the budget and looks good!
3. Install Drapery
It doesn't matter if there are already window coverings there when you move in - replace them! I mean if they look great, I guess you can leave them, but i'm going to take a wild guess and say most rental properties that come equipped with window treatments are probably hideous. I wouldn't suggest going custom, that just isn't too smart for a rental, but semi-custom works great! I'm talking about IKEA! There are a handful of decent drapery panels from IKEA that can be hemmed to fit your windows and look great when hung with the proper hardware. The majority of panels available at IKEA also come with pleating tape on the back and the ability to hang the panels many different ways - even with drapery rings, yay! You can also add a trim for extra detail - this is what I mean by semi-custom!
4. Hang Art
Do not leave the walls bare. So boring! Instead, display pictures, hang frames, or create a gallery wall. Interesting art pieces don't necessarily have to be expensive - I created most of the art that hangs on the wall in our condo and it looks just fine.
5. Add Area Rugs
Add rugs for warmth and to cover ugly floors! Bigger is always better and sticking to neutral options will ensure the rug can move with you to a new home. Look for natural fibre rugs like jute or sisal and layer smaller rugs on top - try something colourful or an animal hide for some interest!