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Interiors

Tips & Tricks: The Best Ways to Decorate a Rental

Recently, we reread our post from a few months ago, 5 Décor Items to Carry from First Apartment to Forever Home and it got us thinking about those of us, who aren't quite in our Forever Home, yet but still want to make our Now Home special...especially since, it took months to find and it's perfect (parking included!).

The only problem is that it feels a bit dated. Not to worry, we've got a whole list of ways to decorate a rental without going overboard. The caveat, of course, is to keep the updates within budget and within reason; let's not forget, if you change it - you'll need to change in back, so don't get too crazy especially with things that you can't take with you. Not going overboard, aside we think updating your rental is a simple desire to fulfill, as well as plays right back into our original post - things to invest is now that you'll carry with you wherever you may go...from the top:

FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

It should come as no surprise that we are major advocates for investing in artwork. In fact, we have shared 5 Reasons to Invest in Fine Art Photography and encourage everyone to give it a peruse if you're wondering the difference between a Gray Malin photograph and something you may find elsewhere. Hanging artwork that evokes an emotion is something that will immediately add a personal touch to your home, and it's also something that appreciates in value. This latter note is important because if you do happen to change your mind, you can always pay it forward. In fact, this goes for pretty much any home decor item that's worth the investment.

 

LET THERE BE (CHIC) LIGHT

One of the most common décor faux pas in rental properties are unfortunate looking lighting fixtures. Luckily, it's an easy problem to fix as well as one that can be approached in a few different ways. The first option is to dazzle with a beautiful ceiling lighting fixture, like this stunner from Juliska

If the space doesn't really allow for ceilng fixtures but you'd like something different than table lamps, the next best option is wall-mounted sconces. This is not to say that there is anything wrong with table lamps, of course. We love the one Ashley of The Gold Hive used in her master bedroom revamp. If you can incorporate all three or a combination of the few into the new space, it'll really make an impactful update.

 

REMOVABLE WALLPAPER

Alright, so you can't take this one with you, but it will seriously personalize your space! If this new spot is going to be a keeper for a while, why not spurlge a bit? In case you missed it, Gray announced our winter wallpaper collection, which you can now get as well as still shop our more summery vibes paper. Oh and yes, if you're wondering if it comes in an eco-friendly option that is pre-pasted with water-activated adhesive, making it super easy to remove..then, yes - the answer is YES.

PAINT WITH PERSONALITY

If wallpaper isn't really your thing, then we suggest taking a paint brush to the walls of your new place. Most rentals allow it, so don't shy away from brightening up (or darkening) your home to your liking. 

 

THE WINDOW TREATMENT

Be gone vertical blinds! There are so many things you can do to give your windows a facelift: curtains, new hardware, roller shades, faux wood shades and if you're feeling fancy - customized window treatments (see Gray's master bedroom for inspo).

ACCESSORIZE

This last one sort of goes without saying but we're going to say it, anyway. Finding and purchasing all of the "perfect" furniture for your home takes time, and it is completely understandable that some items will take longer than others. If you don't love your couch or other larger items like the coffee or dining table, don't fret - decorate! Incorporate chic coffee table books, lovely vases with fresh flowers, toss pillows, throws and other unique accessories throughout your home to showcase your interest and tastes.

 

So, what do you think? Ready to get creative with your rental? Regardless of the space not being for keeps, we insist making any and all of these easy updates is well worth the time and investment to make your home...your own.

xo Team GM

 

Header Image: The Gold Hive, (1) Rachael DeVaux, (2) Juliska, (3) Kate Lester, (4) Lauren of Partyskirts, (5) Lemon Stripes, (6 & 7) Gray Malin

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