Renting a home can provide certain design challenges when trying to make your place feel more like a home. You can add style and personality with carefully chosen accessories that, at the same time, won’t cause you to lose your security deposit.
Consider these decorating tips when furnishing and accessorizing your rental:
- Rugs: you can’t change the flooring, but you can cover it up with a rug. Not only will a rug protect carpeting from damage, it can also hide pre-existing stains or unattractive carpeting. Furthermore, a great rug adds color and personality to a room. Best of all, you can roll it up and take it with you when you move.
- Tension Rods: Not normally seen as fashionable, tension rods can be a renter’s best friend. Curtains help keep heating costs down, provide privacy, and of course add colour, texture and style to a room. Unfortunately, installing the hardware necessary to hang curtains may be a no-no in your rental. Tension rods come to the rescue, affording you the ability to hang the window treatments of your choice without spending a lot of pricey hardware that will leave large holes in the wall.
- Tons of Pillows: the power of pillows can transform a room. Mix and match the patterns for a sophisticated look, or go with a punchy colour combination for a room that needs some spark.
- Lamps and Light Kits: Floor lamps and table lamps are essential and there are many beautiful mix and match bases and shades that it should be easy to find several that fir your style.
- Colourful Accent Furniture: Can’t paint your walls, so paint your furniture. Colourful accent pieces like end tables, coffee tables, ottomans or small wooden stools and chairs can pull a room together in a hurry. It is easy to find a Do-It-Yourself tutorial on the internet for any project you want to tackle!