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Decorating a Rental

by Kristi Corrigan | June 23rd, 2011 | Home Shopping
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If you currently rent an apartment or home, you know how hard it can be to make the place feel like your own. Maybe you want to redo the kitchen or paint the walls. Both are things that you probably cannot do while renting. However, there are other ways to dress up your rental and make it show off your personality.

Dress Up the Windows

Dressing up your windows with some stylish window treatments is an easy way to bring some personality into your rental. You can go to Target or Wal-Mart and pick up some curtains or valances. This is an affordable way to add a homey feel to your rental.

Changing Up the Walls

When you are renting you are usually stuck with whatever color the walls currently are. If you are interested in painting your rental, check your rental agreement to see if it is allowed or check with your landlord. If painting is not allowed, there are still quick and easy ways to give your walls a new look. Shelving is a great way to add to your walls and add extra storage. You can set your favorite belongings, books, or pictures on the shelves. Most home decorating stores also have wall designs that you can rub onto your walls. Using these designs can change any room and they come off easily when it is time to move.

Landscape

Your landlord might not like you ripping the grass out, but there are still ways to bring some life to your yard. Planting some flowers, adding a small fountain or a stone walkway are all great ways to make your yard look and feel beautiful. If you have a porch, you can also add some hanging plants or flowers.

Remember that you do not want to spend too much money fixing up a rental, since you will not get anything out of the investment. If you do want to change some of the hardware in the house, ask the landlord and do not spend too much money. Changing the knobs on the cabinets, painting the walls or adding a new stain to the cabinets are all fun ways to change up the look of your home. However, you should always check with your landlord before you take on these kinds of projects.

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