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Hey Apartment Dwellers! Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: Idle Hands Awake

Just because you live in a rental apartment doesn't mean that you can't rework it to fit your own taste - there are so many easy ways to customize it to reflect your personality. You just have to get a little creative! Here are ten great tips for making your rental living room feel like home. Your home.   

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
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1. Layer, layer, layer. This may be the cheapest tip - use what you already have to layer textures and colors, using things like throw pillows, books and other knick-knacks. [Photo: Domino]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: Apartment Therapy

2. Add monograms, photos and other personal items. Collect things that speak to you on a personal level and display them around the room. Monograms and initials always feel very personal, as do family photos and artwork from friends. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]

  

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo:  The Everygirl

3. Add window treatments. Sure, maybe your apartment came with mini-blinds that function perfectly well... but don't be tempted to stop there! Curtains frame windows and add softness to a room, giving it that "finishing touch." [Photo:  The Everygirl]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: PopSugar

4. Buy a few plants. Plants add a sense of life to any space, and they also cleanse the air you breathe. It would be silly not to buy a few! If you have a black thumb like me, choose easy maintenance varieties like a Pothos, Jade plants or cacti. [Photo: PopSugar]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo:  Historias De Casa

5. Hang a piece of large artwork. Large artwork gives the sense that you feel established, and it is also a great way to detract from those "renter white" walls. Check thrift stores and yard sales for inexpensive options. [Photo:  Historias De Casa]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: Apartment Therapy

6. Try removable wallpaper. This stuff is great for accent walls or small areas that need a bit of personality. Try mixing and matching small swatches for a unique look, as shown in the photo above. [Photo: Apartment Therapy]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: Historias De Casa

7. Display mementos from your travels. Don't hide those vacation keepsakes in a shoebox anymore... put them in your living room as a personal decorative touch. They will remind you of all the fun you had on vacation, and they'll be a great conversation starter with guests too. [Photo: Historias De Casa]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: The Honeycomb Home

8. Do something quirky. The next time you run across a design idea that makes you smile in a magazine or on Pinterest, give it a try in your own home. Most landlords don't like tenants to use the fireplace, so why not do something creative with it, for example? [Photo: The Honeycomb Home]

 

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: The Diviners

9. Add stickers or decals to mimic wallpaper. There are so many different ways to use stickers and decals to create a unique accent wall - you might try other shapes, or different arrangements too. I just wish the living room above had a rug... which brings me to my last point.... [Photo: The Diviners]

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
Photo: Idle Hands Awake

10. Add a rug! This is such a great way to make your space feel cozy and inviting, and it's also a great place to add some character. And rugs don't have to be crazy expensive... try RugsUSA or online flash sale sites to snag a deal. [Photo: Idle Hands Awake

 

Hey Apartment-Dwellers: Here's How To Make A Rental Living Room Feel Like Home
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Trish on Apr 08, 2017:

All wonderful ideas, but I'd like to see them executed in a normal, very plain apartment that doesn't have architectural interest like great windows, a focal-point fireplace, or high ceilings. How does it look in a basic space, which is what the vast majority of renters are working with?


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