I get it — it’s hard to let your inner designer out when you have an uptight landlord to answer to. So, here’s a round-up of some of the best creative design ideas you can use to upgrade your rental, while also ensuring you get your security deposit back when it’s time to move out. (You’re welcome.)
1. Temporary wallpaper … that’s not really wallpaper at all. I’m the self-appointed president of the Wallpaper Lovers Club, so when I discovered how easy it was to turn fabric into wallpaper and hang it with starch, it was love at first sight. This “wallpaper” is easy to put up and easy to take down, so your walls stay safe and sound underneath.
2. Faux marble countertops are totally a thing. And believe it or not, you can achieve this look with contact paper! Real marble is gorgeous and wildly expensive, but if you hate the countertops in your rental, you can switch them up easily and inexpensively. You can even choose granite or other stone looks. And who says you have to stop with the countertops? Take this look all the way up the wall and make a faux backsplash if you’re feeling marble-licious.
3. Upgrade your closet doors. I’m not sure why, but closet doors in rentals seem to be universally ugly. It’s like all landlords banded together and decided to strictly enforce a “no pretty closet door” rule. But you can take matters into your own hands by trying a sliding barn door or some faux painted molding.
4. Bling up your fixtures and hardware. There are many things in a rental that you just can’t change, but there are lots of things that are fairly easy to switch up. Here’s a short list: faucets, cabinet pulls, doorknobs, light fixtures and even switch plates. You can simply keep the pieces in a container, and when it’s time to leave — voila! You can take them all with you to your new digs.
How are you customizing your rental? Share your tips and DIY ideas in the comments below.