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5 Cool Decorating Ideas that Will Make Your Home Stand Out from the Crowd…For Less

Harmonious white living room with blue accents

„Mirror, mirror on the wall, whose apartment is the fairest of them all?” Although there is a big difference between fantasy and reality, it’s up to us to break the barriers and transform our rentals into dream homes.

Whether you live in Atlanta, Philadelphia, or Miami, it is true that rental apartments pose a few more difficulties when trying to redecorate, as you have to abide by your landlord’s rules when it comes to driving nails through walls and re-painting partitions, there are a few things you can do to enhance the looks of your abode. If you’ve got the vision and a passion for design, you can reinvent a space in less than a day with these easy, budget-friendly decorating tips.

1. Think big, act small

The most important thing when redecorating is to consider comfort, practicality, and the ability of a home to respond to the needs of its occupants. You don’t have to give your home a complete makeover to make it more appealing, just focus on the parts that matter to you most. One way to go at it is to adopt a minimalist design scheme and keep your place fresh and airy.

Minimalist living room design
Minimalist living room, image via Point2Homes

2. Declutter your way to a happy home

Speaking of airy, before getting down to business, you should first get rid of any unused, unloved, and unwanted possessions that lie around your house. Go through your closets and remove anything that you haven’t worn for the last 12 months – yes, your prom dress must go! – donate old magazines and CDs to charities, and make sure you properly dispose of your old electronics by taking them to a recycling center.

3. Create simple and clean spaces

It’s possible to create a relaxing and inviting ambiance even in the most bustling cities, like Los Angeles or Chicago. You just need to pay attention to details and combine elements in a harmonious way; accessories are very important and can be effectively used to improve a home’s karma. Minor details such as kitchen tableware, wall art, decorative pieces, bedding, throws, and window treatments can have a major impact on the overall feel of the place; they can really pull a room together and transform it into a statement of style and comfort.

Harmonious white living room with blue accents
Beautiful color accents, minimalist design, lots of natural light in rental home, image via RENTCafe

4. Embrace the unusual in home decorating

If you’re aiming for something unique, try incorporating unusual items in your home design. A coffee table made of wooden logs, a window frame turned into open shelving, and a living wall garden in the kitchen are just a few examples of simple elements that can add authenticity to your quarters.

Decorating with natural elements: log coffee table
Log coffee table in modern living room, image via Flickr

Or you could replace your living room cabinetry altogether with these geometric wooden shelves that proclaim ingenuity. Apart from their aesthetic impact, they can be used to hold books, collectibles, or any other things you want to keep on display.

Wooden wall shelf in geometric design
Wooden wall shelf, image via Urban Outfitters

5. Personalize the space with wall decals

Wall decals are a cheap and easy way to refresh a tired room. Bring a dash of color and joy to kitchens or bathrooms with floral prints, inspiring quotes, or energetic patterns.

Laundry room smart wall decal
How to transform blank walls, image via Better Homes and Gardens

If the rental agreement allows you to make larger improvements to your apartment, you can turn to wallpaper and dress up one of your living room walls, for example. Not only is it less time-consuming than re-painting the whole place, but it can instantly give your living room a style boost.

Feeling creative yet? Here’s a video that will teach you how to turn a piece of firewood into an end table:

Have you ever created something unique to enhance the looks of your rental apartment? We’d love to hear all about it.

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About the author

Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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