There are a lot of niceties about having a rental. You don’t have to worry about the nitty gritty details of being an independent homeowner.Home maintenance is not so much a headache you need to ever worry about, and those are some of the joys of being a renter as opposed to an owner. There are some downsides to renting. The number one being the inability to truly personalize your living space as you see fit - which can make your home a bit cookie-cutter and lacking in personality and character. There’s nothing more soul-sucking than coming home to a sterile apartment that lacks the true ambience of a home. While its true that you should adhere to your rental policies and refrain from making permanent changes to somebody else’s property, it doesn’t mean that you cannot think outside of the box just a tad by making alterations and additions that won’t offend your landlord and/or hurt your security deposit.
Here are some ideas on how to put a little charm into your apartment without putting yourself at risk for losing your security deposit and getting on the bad side of your landlord/property management.
Add some magic by adding a Magic Carpet
Where is the biggest surface area in your home that’soften left untouched? The floor! The floor is one of the biggest surfaces in homes and most people seem to forget about their existence when it comes to home personlization. While you can’t and(advisably) shouldn’t re tile orre-carpet your rental’s floor, you can add an instant oomph by bringing in a colourful area rug or two. Changing up the patterns, colours and textures of your floor can make a massive impact.Plus area rugs serve a dual function, they are more than just a pretty face by protecting your floors from damage (which can and will be deducted out of your security deposit). Area rugs and large carpets are fun because they are so modular. You can switch them out, experimenting with various colour schemes,textures, patterns, and styles at no real permanent cost to you. Re-tiling andre-carpeting entire floor surfaces can torch your bank account but area rugs are a safe, affordable, and fool-proof way of adding individual tastes to your living space. It can add instant charm to your home without putting your security deposit at risk. Did we mention that it’s so fun and refreshing to be able to switch them out to change out the entire look of your apartment with the roll of a carpet? Like magic, voila!
Customize a gallery wall
What better and simpler way to inject your own style in to a lack-luster apartment than with a gallery of pictures and art dedicated to everything that resonates YOU. You can add a great deal of personality this way without causing too much permanent damage to your walls. It’s inevitable that there will be nail holes, but most landlords are perfectly okay with this and expect it. Just makes sure you communicate with your landlord and detail it on your lease agreement before you go ahead and start drilling holes everywhere. If you worry about putting holes in to your walls or your landlordis not okay with any sort of semi-permanent alterations, you can always fallback on the stick-on option. You can find stick-on pictures hooks to ensure damage-free picture hangings - but these would work best with light weight pieces. Creating a gallery wall is like having a blank canvas to paint on. You can customize its colour, composition, layout, and visual effects any way you like - creativity is the key to a successful personalised gallery wall. Have fun with it! Mix it up with art pieces and personal photos that you love.
Switch up the lighting, shake up the ambience
There’s nothing more repulsive than ugly fluorescent light as your only source of illumination. Most rentals come with overhead light fixtures but not in the most attractive forms. If this is the case with your rental, don’t be afraid to play with the lighting fixtures by adding your own. You can switch out lighting fixtures (as long as you keep the originals to be put back in for when you move out). There are so many options nowadays to create cool lighting in your home - from standing floor lamps, hanging chandeliers, table lambs, LED remote-controlled coloured lamps, App-controlled lamps, asteroid lamps, paper lantern lamps…the list goes on and on. Depending on what types of lighting fixtures you invest in, you can create all sorts of cool ambience in your home.Be gone harsh, sad fluorescent light!