Decorating an apartment may often seem like a battle between paying rent and improving aesthetics, but there’s no need to be discouraged. Here are some simple decorating ideas that won’t break the bank and will have you smiling ear to ear.
Choose versatile furniture - Choose versatile furniture pieces, rather than items that look good now, but might give you trouble down the line. Modular sofas that can be left- or right-handed, folding chairs, gate-leg tables, and side or coffee tables that double as storage are all great ideas to get the most out of your space.
Change your lighting fixtures - Swapping out a light or two isn't hard, and it can make a big change to the appearance of your space. Keep the original rental fixtures in a labeled box, so you can easily swap them back before you move out.
If fixtures can’t be upgraded due to budget or technical issues, focus on growing your collection of stylish floor and table lamps instead.
Improve Window Coverings – Even simple roller blinds or inexpensive no-hem IKEA drapes can revamp and modernize your living space.
Get Creative With Temporary Measures - From adorable decals to temporary stick-on wallpaper, the options are endless. Don’t underestimate the power of a small accent wall. It can make a big difference in how your home looks and feels.
Decorate with Rugs – Throw rugs are an easy way to cover up that not-so-cute standard carpet and can be taken with you when you leave. Rugs are also excellent noise barriers, especially in older apartments with wood floors.
Display Art – A picture or framed photos speaks a thousand words and you can say a lot in your apartment using them. From affordable prints hung gallery-style to original works leaning on furniture, art or photos are a great way to decorate your home and show off your unique style and story.
Once you've enjoyed your space to the fullest and you're ready to move on, make sure you return your apartment to the way you found it so the next tenant can have a fresh slate to build their personalized living space.