How to Decorate your Rental Property on a Budget
Contributed by Dakota Hendrix
Living in a rental doesn't mean that you have to feel like you live in someone else's home. Instead, you should feel as welcome and cozy as possible. And while there is the debate about whether or not you should be investing in someone else's property, you don't need a lot of money to make a house feel like a home. That is why we came up with some ideas on how to decorate your rental property on a budget. So, follow our tips, and you will transform your rental house into your dream house without breaking the bank. Or the rules, for that matter. The decoration ideas we propose are easy to be accepted by your landlord and easier to apply.
Relieve your house of clutter
If you have lived in the same place for a long time, there is a good chance you have accumulated a significant number of things. And some of our belongings, as attached as we might be to them, are in reality useless. They just lay around the house, gathering dust and filling the space. Therefore, it might be time to get them out of your home. To begin, go from room to room and make an inventory of your belongings. Make piles of boxes with your items and label them accordingly. For instance, you can make a box for things to keep, donate, and throw away. Also, if some of the items you don’t want to keep are in good shape, you can try to sell them. That way, you can make some money that will come in handy during the decoration project.
However, make sure not to sell or throw out any of your landlord’s items, if there are any. Set them aside, discuss them with your landlord, and decide what to do with them together.
Change the color of the walls
One of the easiest ways to decorate your rental home on a budget is to repaint the walls. But, before you get started, we advise you to move out all the furniture from your home. It will give you better access to the walls and, at the same time, protect the furniture from any damage. For instance, you can look in Austin for a storage unit that is big enough, secure, and has climate and pest control. If you look for these traits, you can rest assured that your furniture will be in good hands while it’s stored. After you find the perfect storage unit, move there all the furniture and start recoloring the walls.
If you want to make your rooms look bigger and brighter, choose lighter hues. You can try pastel colors, whites, grays, and even blue. To create a beautiful contrast, paint all the walls the same color except for one wall. Or except for the ceiling. By doing so, you will give the room amplitude and height. Also, you can add texture to the room using wallpaper. Wallpaper is cheap to use and easy to remove, plus it comes in various colors and patterns.
If you live in a small rental, you might need more space. As a result, maybe it’s time to get rid of some of the furniture you stored before repainting. After all, only when your house is empty is when you realize how much space you actually have. Therefore, leave behind the bulky furniture you used before and find better ways to store your belongings. Add more shelves to your closets and walls, for example, and use storage boxes for organizing your things on the shelves. Also, use all the space you have in hidden places like under the bed or between pieces of furniture in the kitchen. Those are great places for storing items you don’t use very often.
Finally, by removing some furniture, you will have more room to move around and rearrange your furnishings anytime you like. You will allow your home to breathe and show you how cozy it is without being overcrowded.
Let your home shine brightly
You can always use light to decorate your rental property on a budget. Natural light is free, and it can help you make any room look bigger, brighter, and more welcoming. For instance, you can use some mirrors as decorative objects and spread light throughout a room. Try removing drapes and curtains to let more light into your Austin home. If the light is excessively bright, you can use drapes to filter it and make it more pleasant.
At the same time, if your budget and landlord allow it, update the light fixtures and switches. You won’t need to spend a lot of money on them, but you might need permission to change them. Therefore, after you have the OK from your landlord, look for fixtures that match each room. It’s a good idea to keep them in tune with the rest of the room, or they will look out of place. In addition, to make darker rooms look more welcoming, install light fixtures in gloomy corners. You can also use candles to make a room feel cozier and more intimate by filling it with a lovely warm glow.
Cover your floors
If you're tired of the floors in your rental, but you can't change them, make them look better with rugs. Choosing the perfect rugs for your home can help you refresh it and make it look as if it is brand new. In addition, rugs can help you cover unaesthetic spots such as stains or spills. You can also change them depending on the season to change the feel of your home. For example, use fluffy rugs or faux sheepskin during winter, and your home will feel like a rustic farm.
In addition, you can use carpets and rugs to separate areas in your home. Use different colored carpets in one space, and you will highlight where the home office space ends and where the living room begins.
Decorate with your heart
The point is, it’s a far cry from impossible to decorate your home on a budget. But that is not the only thing that matters. Whatever you choose to do in your rental property, make sure you decorate with your heart. If something feels like it fits in a room, try to integrate it and highlight its beauty using light and color.
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