1. Breathe some new life into your plain walls. Often, rentals will come with blank white walls, and landlords will request that you paint them back when you’re leaving. If you’re up for two paint jobs, go for it. Otherwise, hang up some unique artwork and mirrors to bring some interest to your walls.
2. Temporary wallpaper is a great alternative to a paint job. If you’re in a rental or just wanting to be able to change up your décor frequently, temporary wallpaper is a great option for you.
3. Have large windows like the picture above? Installing blinds is a pretty big investment, especially for a rental, so spice up your window treatments with some fun curtains. Ikea is a great place to start for affordable ones, or if you’re up to the task, make them yourself.
4. Customize your furniture – when you can’t customize much else in a rental, you can always DIY some updates onto your existing pieces. It’s as simple as replacing knobs if you’re not up to a paint job.
5. Switch up your lighting fixtures. Big box stores like Target and Ikea have gorgeous lighting options, for some pretty great prices. Adding a chandelier in your main room will instantly bring a touch of class to the area. Be sure to keep the old lighting fixtures – if you want to take your new ones with you when you go, you’ll need to leave lighting fixtures up for the next tenant.
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