These easy, effective ways to improve your rented home can be tackled in less than a day—and are budget-friendly to boot.
You don’t need to be a homeowner to make smart design decisions. Even if you’re renting, there are still steps you can take to transform your abode into one that reflects your personal style. While major overhauls that involve knocking down walls, rearranging electrical wiring, or redoing floors are out of the question, small changes and additions can make a world of difference.
Here are 12 things to tackle to customize and upgrade your home.
1. Replace the Kitchen Faucet
Perk up an uninspiring kitchen with a brand new faucet. Choose a statement piece such this
2. Install a Luxe Shower Head
An upscale shower head like the N
3. Add Bathroom Accessories
Don’t settle for a ho-hum bathroom vanity; outfit it with design-forward toothbrush and soap holders. Interesting options include the
4. Invest in Freestanding Shelves
When making new purchases for a rented home, it’s important that you can move these items when you leave and relocate to a new abode. Freestanding shelves—such as this sturdy, whitewashed Douglas fir bookshelf by
5. Choose Stylish Floor and Table Lamps
Removing and reinstalling ceiling or wall light fixtures can be a bit more of an effort when you relocate, but a stylish floor or table lamp is an investment that you can take with you to your next rental or permanent home. This
6. Switch Out Cabinet Handles and Pulls
For those wanting a quick fix, swapping out boring cabinet hardware can transform the look of a space in an instant. If you really want to get creative, consider using unusual materials like glass or precious stones for knobs or handles.
7. Upgrade Your Curtain Tiebacks
Bring a hint of elegance to even the simplest of curtains with an elaborate curtain tie. German brand
8. Bring In a Study Desk
No matter how small your home is, a study desk is always a useful addition that can follow you when you move. The
9. Indulge in the Perfect Armchair
An ergonomic and well-made armchair can last for generations, so it’s never a bad idea to invest in one even if you’re renting. An iconic midcentury piece such the
10. Add New Cushions to the Mix
You can’t go wrong by adding pattern, color, and texture through new cushions on your bed or couch. We like these
11. Lay Down Vibrant Rugs
Some landlords don’t allow tenants to drill brackets in the walls to hang paintings, but one way that renters can introduce art to their homes is through rugs and carpets with eye-catching designs. Nanimarquina’s
12. Cover Up With Contact Paper
While you may not be able to replace countertops and cabinets, you can conceal less-than-ideal surfaces with contact paper. Try updating weathered wood cabinets with matte white paper, or introducing color into your kitchen with a bright toe kick, as seen below in