Tips on how to personalize your space without causing damage.
Making your apartment feel like home can be a fun weekend project. While you may not be able to paint or do any permanent changes to your rental, there are still many ways to personalize your living space without causing damage to the unit.
To get the most “bang for your buck” think accessories. Accessories such as throw pillows and curtains can easily be changed with the seasons and are a quick way to add personality to your space with color and patterns. Not only does color brighten up the look of a small space, but mirrors and lamps do too.
Command strips and hooks are a staple to apartment living. They do not put holes in the walls and better yet, you can easily move them around. Hang pictures and posters with these useful strips. Command hooks can also be used to organize keys, necklaces, ties, conceal electrical cords, and hang kitchen utensils.
Area rugs can change the look of your apartment drastically. They also will act as a protector to your carpet when that inevitable accidental spill happens. Larger rugs can be pricey, but they will help you get the most of your security deposit back in the long run, so think of them as an investment. If you are on a budget, Craigslist, EBay, Goodwill, and local Facebook “Buy, Sell and Trade” pages usually have many area rugs at a discount price.
Utilize all of your space, don’t forget to decorate your patio or balcony. Plants are a nice way to make your dwelling feel like home. Remember, you can also bring the outdoors in. Or if you do not have a green thumb, the local JoAnn Fabrics and Walmart carry many artificial varieties. Remember to grab a duster, like the Swiffer 360, to keep them looking nice and new.
Need more ideas? Pinterest.com is always a great start, but you can also take a workshop at the local craft stores to get your creative juices flowing. Happy decorating!