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I’ve lived in some different rental types in the past few years, all of which did not look so beautiful upon moving in. One was a large 3 bedroom house with a weird layout and older accents. Another was a carpet filled, outdated, and even mold infested (yes) apartment. Our current apartment is brand new, we are the first to live in it, but pretty darn small. All of these places hold a special place in my heart and I loved living in them because they felt like home at the time. That is because of the home-y touches I added and how I decorated to make them look better than they were.
All rentals can use some updates, whether that be because of their oldness or because they need a little “you” added. I know rentals can be tricky to decorate because there is only so much you can do. BUT, the good news it you can do a little to make big differences, and keep your deposit. Unless you have crazy dogs. Then chances are you won’t be getting your deposit back because of the ripped up carpet and claw marks on the door.
A lot of the pieces I decorated with are from Kohl’s. They are having a White Sale from 8/22-9/3 with sales on Columbia, The Big One, Mohawk, and Serta! Keep reading and see what items I got.
Linens & Pillows & Rugs, oh my!
I cannot stress enough how big of a difference linens, pillows, and rugs make in a home. All the difference, that’s what they make! From the bed spread you have, to the pillows on your couch, to the area rug in your living room, don’t overlook these items. The best part is you can change them all out every season (or however often you’d like) with different ones to refresh your space and give it a new look.
I’m always buying (or making) new pillows since they are usually the cheapest way to give something a new look. I just got a huge fluffy white pillow for my bed from The Big One at Kohl’s and I’m in love. With linens it’s the same. Think of your throw blankets, bedspread, and bathroom towels. My Serta heated blanket from Kohl’s is a new add and it’s a game changer. Rugs are my favorite to switch decorate with. They can make a huge statement and really set the tone for the whole room.
I’ve gone through 4 area rugs in my living room and each one makes the vibe different. My current rug is a large 8×10 from Mohawk at Kohl’s in the coolest texture and perfect coastal look. Did I mention it’s only $100?!
There’s a home sale going on at Kohl’s from 8/22 to 9/3 on The Big One, Mohawk, Columbia, and Serta. Some of my favorites are the Three Layer Comfort memory foam pillow for $49.99 (reg $99.99), The Big One Standard pillow for $3.99 (reg $9.99), Mohawk Home 20×30 Kitchen Print or 18×30 Solid Kitchen Rug for $11.99 (reg $19.99), and Columbia Performance Cotton Sheet Set (Queen) for $49.99 (reg $99.99).
I used to think curtains were useless unless you wanted to block out light. And why even need them if you have blinds? Well curtains can make a huge difference to a room. For one, they can make a room appear larger and taller than it actually is. By going with very long curtain and hanging them higher than the window, you can help a small room. I got my curtains from Kohl’s and they’re by The Big One. I bought them in white but they are more of a light grey in person for reference. Curtains can also add character by the patterns, textures, or colors you choose.
Don’t forget about the shower curtains too! You can even switch them out every so often so you don’t get sick of looking at the same curtains day after day. It’s a nice refresher to your decor.
Light fixtures in rentals are usually the cheapest, yellowish bulbs. If you change one thing in your rental, let it be the lights! The minute we moved into our most recent apartment, we went out and bought “daylight” LED bulbs and swapped them out for every bulb we could see. Our bathroom is no longer orange-toned (which can be very hard to do your makeup in) and our home looks much better. Just be sure to keep all the bulbs your place came with so you can switch them out before moving and keep your daylight bulbs for your next place. LED bulbs last years and years.
Another great tip for upgrading the lighting is to switch out light fixtures or add light fixtures. I’d use an electrician for this though.
Make It: DIY Hanging Lampshade Light
Plants, can’t forget the plants.
Plants really do make all the difference. They add a fresh touch while also bringing a little outdoors indoors, great for apartments! Unless you’ve never had plants in your home, you know just how much they make a difference. Have an empty corner? Add a plant. Have a windowsill? Add a plant. Have allergies? Add a plant that helps freshen the air.
If you can hang it, hang it.
Be careful with adding too many holes in your rental as it might be going against your lease. However, holes can be filled and I find it worth it to hang that beautiful mirror or gallery wall. You can go so creative with what artwork, photos, or mirrors you hang on your walls or what plants or lamp you hang from your ceiling.If you’re hanging something heavy, use a monkey/gorilla hook. They are for drywall so you don’t have to use a stud finder and they leave a tiny hole, all you have to do is push them in the wall and and twist, super easy. If you’re hanging something light, use Command Strips so you don’t leave a mark!
Always read over your lease, then read it again. It will be noted what you can or cannot do to your rental. If you’re unsure if you can change something then it’s best to ask your landlord. Nothing is worse than not getting your deposit back AND paying a fee for changing something you weren’t supposed to.
Be sure to shop the home sale at Kohl’s from 8/22 to 9/3 and buy up all the rental friendly items!
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