A few months ago, we published a post on some apartment updates that can make a big impact on your home’s design without putting your lease at risk. It proved popular enough that we’ve decided to feature a few more easy DIY projects that can freshen up the look and feel of your apartment rental without making any permanent structural changes.
Faux Marble Countertops
As an integral part of any kitchen’s design, countertops have the power to transform the look of the whole room. If you’d like to give the kitchen a dramatic makeover, try changing up the countertops by applying contact paper. The results are stunning with marble and granite patterns, and it’s totally removable upon move out.
A Stylish Backsplash
If you’re feeling a bit ambitious, install a magnetic stainless steel backsplash to make your kitchen a truly unique and totally functional space. The color will especially pop if you have stainless steel appliances, and the magnetic component can be used countless ways, like for notes, calendars, to-do lists and recipes. It’s a completely fun idea that’s still sophisticated enough for any home.
Apply Wall Decals
Wall decals are the perfect solution for the renter who wants intricate wall art without the permanence of paint. Available in a multitude of styles and colors, there are literally wall decals for every occasion. You can get living room murals as big as an entire wall or shapes as small as individual dots for freestyle designs. Wall decals are a wonderful option for nurseries, too, since they can be safely hung over cribs.
Plant a Garden
Just because you rent doesn’t mean a garden is out of the question. Whether you have a small patio or just a sunny window ledge inside the home, you can find ways to grow a few plants. If you’re tight on space, try an herb garden (bonus: you’ll have convenient access to fresh herbs). If you have a balcony, start a potted plant flower garden. It will look beautiful while you live there and – the best part is – you can take it with you when you move!
Living in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t stylize your surroundings to make it yours. Use your imagination (and a little Google search and Pinterest, too), and you’ll be able to find a way to make almost any project work for a rental.
What DIY apartment updates have you made in your apartment? Share details in the comments!
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