When you first met with your landlord and went over your lease, there’s a pretty good chance that they shared with you the limitations that you had when it came to the decor of your apartment. And while it’s true that you cannot do major upgrades to a place that you are renting, the good news is that there are still lots of things that you can do that will help to make your apartment feel a lot more like a home.
If you’re interested in knowing what some of those things are, here are five great decorating tips:
Change the color of the walls. While it’s true that most leases will actually say that you should leave the color of the walls the way they were when you initially moved in, many landlords are willing to budge on this particular rule. All you have to do is make the request to paint, show them the colors that you wish to use and then be willing to turn the walls back to their original color before you move out. So, if after making this kind of request you receive approval to paint your walls, have fun with some colors. Just make sure that you go with ones like neutrals or pastels. They’re the ones that absorb natural light.
Encourage more natural light. There are a couple of reasons why natural light is best in most rooms of an apartment or house. For one thing, it helps to make the rooms look significantly larger (especially if you paint the walls and ceilings the same color). Secondly, when the sun’s rays bounce off of the walls, it helps to produce a nice natural glow. So, don’t only go with wall colors that absorb light but opt for window treatments that let the sun shine in too.
Have fun with organization. Initially, it might seem a bit odd to say that organizing your apartment can be fun, but thanks to shops like the Container Store and Pottery Barn and even shelves that you might see at your local thrift store, it actually can. Containers that come in different shapes can be awesome in the kitchen, wicker baskets are perfect for the bathroom, and if you get a set of used shelves and go to a website like DIY Network to learn how to sand and paint it, that can be perfect for your living room or bedroom.
Be big on details. Say that you went apartment hunting with a friend and they saw a “ Lincoln Property apartment for rent sign “; however, after checking out the apartment for rent , they felt like the apartment design was a bit bland. The thing to remind them is that you can totally transform an apartment just with the detailing alone. Some elaborate window treatments, a creatively placed ottoman and some framed art pieces are all perfect ways to make an apartment warm and inviting.
Get some plants. Speaking of warm and inviting, there is one more thing that you can do to make your apartment feel cozy. You can add some plants into some of the rooms. Aside from how beautiful they are to look at, many plants are also proven to help to improve indoor air quality too. For a list of plants that will help to pull toxins out of the air in your apartment, visit MNN.com and put “plants that improve the air” in the search field.