How to Create a Space You Love (Even While You’re Renting)

June 18, 2019

The year is 2019 and it’s time to clear the air: there is decidedly nothing wrong with renting. That’s right — despite the gripes and groans of those Boomer / early Gen-X relatives of yours (you know who you are!), renting is a perfectly normal way of finding a space of your own without committing to expenses you’re not quite ready to undertake, whether they be replacing a furnace, landscaping a big backyard, or anything in between.

Despite all of the perks renting boasts, there can be some drawbacks, as noisy neighbors and hard-caps on how many pets you can adopt do still exist. However, designing a space you genuinely love and want to occupy frequently tops this list of renting-related woes.

With that in mind, let’s look at some creative ways you can truly curate your space (without losing your security deposit).

Fill your walls

Not allowed to paint? No problem! Peruse your local At Home, HomeGoods, Home Depot, or any other home decor-related shop and start finding wall hangings that match your personal taste (and fall into your price range).

Thinking too much inside the box or worrying everything will clash? Check out Pinterest for ideas on how to create gallery walls, mix and match patterns, and play with textures! Taking a little time to prepare will help you go into your shopping trip with a more open mind and willingness to experiment with items you would have bypassed otherwise.

Not into the idea of putting a bunch of nail holes in your wall? Check in with your landlord and see if you could use peel-and-stick wallpaper to create an accent wall (or two or three)!

Invest in some rugs

Sure, most apartments are carpeted these days, but there’s nothing wrong with layering some area rugs to add pops of color, texture, or pull an otherwise mish-mashed room together. Explore some local furniture shops or do some research online to find the right pieces that fit your aesthetic (and budget!). And, if all else fails, give the rugs on Amazon a shot — you never know when you’ll stumble upon a diamond in the rough.

Add some greenery

If you don’t have a particularly green thumb (like yours truly), the idea of purchasing plants that you expect to ultimately kill can evoke a sense of dread or make you feel like you’re wasting money. Rather than going through all of that, consider adding some faux greenery to your home!

Jordan and I have been loving this tactic recently, especially as the weather has warmed up. And, we’ve found that you don’t need to drop big $$$ to get the right pieces for your home — just stop by your local At Home, HomeGoods, or Kirkland’s for some discounted greens.

I hope these little bits of advice were helpful! If you have any other tips or tricks that weren’t mentioned above, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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