Just because landlords don’t like tenants to make changes to their rentals, doesn’t mean your apartment should go without style. By having adequate storage, using multipurpose furniture, planning your layout well, and using other decorating tricks, you can add big style and make your place feel more spacious.
The best way to keep clutter out is having adequate storage but in most rentals, the bathroom is almost always lacking. That leaves toiletries, hair appliances, and other essentials without a convenient home, which is just poor room function. Invest in extra storage and make your life (and morning routines) so. much. saner.
If you plan to live in a rental for a while, consider switching out a basic vanity or medicine cabinet for one with extra storage. A new one will set you back about $200 – $500 (USD), but for about half that, you can find cabinets on OfferUp, Craigslist, and other secondhand sources. Get your landlord’s OK first, of course. Thin vertical cabinets, under-cabinet organizers and racks, added shelves and new storage ideas like this full-length Cabidor Concealable Storage Cabinet are some other good options. Tip: Ask your landlord to cover at least half of your out-of-pocket expense. If they’re stingy, they may be more willing to honor your request if you agree to spread the reduction over three months.
MAKE ROOM FOR RARELY USED ITEMS
No linen closet? Underbed storage boxes and beds like Ikea’s Brimnes bed are great solutions; they’re like adding a closet under your bed. For linens and things that you’ll use regularly, make sure containers are on casters so that your storage is easily accessible.
GO FOR BALANCE
In a narrow bedroom, placing the long side of a bed against the wall is almost never a cute look. Instead of feeling roomier, it can make you feel boxed-in. Even in really small rooms, a balanced look will make it feel more harmonious and look inspired. Try these decorating strategies in a small bedroom: Center the bed. Use light colors. Limit the room to ONE function… as a bedroom.
BRING LIFE INTO YOUR SPACE
Even the tiniest rooms feel more stylish when it has a “lived in” uncluttered look and have plants. This small open kitchen is a great example. With books, a tiny plant, and the apron on display, this kitchen area has presence and style.
USE MULTI-PURPOSE FURNITURE
Dining areas, kitchen nooks, and living room corners make great part-time office areas and the multipurpose furniture available to make them work is gorgeous. Using a lucite office chair keeps things light and the built-in storage works as both office and living room furniture. Other multipurpose furniture like pull-out sofas, nightstands and ottomans with storage, nesting tables, sofa tables on castors that can serve as “bar carts,” should be your first options when you’re furnishing a small space so they play double duty.
A large colorful piece in a room such as an accent wall or sofa is always a great move. Add accessories and smaller pieces in the same color to make the dominant color pop even more. This decorating trick gives rooms a cohesive look and harmonious feel.
REPLACE DATED LIGHT FIXTURES
After you’ve styled your space, nothing throws it off more than outdated light fixtures. Luckily, they’re one of the easiest and surprisingly, most affordable things to replace. And the style impact can be huge!
PULL THE LOOK TOGETHER WITH ACCESSORIES
Just as you pull together your outfits with the right jewelry, belt, and accessories, do the same for your rooms. Rooms don’t look finished until you’ve accessorized them. A pile of books, artwork, throws, pillows, and other accessories bring warmth to your space. In a neutral space, use a statement rug or colorful sofa to add a WOW factor!
Wherever you live, whether small or large and whether you own or rent, take the time to set up your home to meet your needs. It will make your life simpler and make being at home feel nicer.
Taking care of the spaces we dwell in is another simple-to-do thing we can do to feed our spirit.