There are more people renting their homes in the U.S. than at any other point in a half-century, and it’s safe to say that not all of these heads of household are natural born interior decorators.
If you’re a tenant of an apartment in Lawrence, KS who could use some decorating tips, read on. Here are five ways to spruce up your rented living space and make it feel like a home.
1. Take Time to Learn the Layout
A first good step towards decorating your apartment is to actually not buy anything or do any decorating until you get the feel for the floor plan first.
Hastily buying furniture just to have something to fill a room can actually lead to buyer’s remorse. You should take a week or two to get used to how much available space you have, how natural light hits certain areas, and what your storage capacity is like.
You definitely don’t want to end up buying something that proves to be too big, obstructive to foot traffic, or just doesn’t work for the space.
2. Invest in “Real” Furniture
When you’re renting a home there may be a temptation to fill it with the skimpiest furniture (or something that tries to pass as furniture, such as crates) you can find because it won’t be permanent, after all. However, investing a little on high quality, well-constructed furniture is worth the time and effort to create a space you’ll love coming home to.
This doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money. You can score great second-hand finds on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Amazon or at any number of discount furniture stores.
A cozy accent chair, lush rug, or solid coffee table is something you can take with you should you choose to move one day. They will help the next space feel more familiar than any folding chair ever could.
3. Showcase Sentimental Items
Family photos, vacation mementos, and objects that have special meaning to you should definitely be on display in your apartment. Photos look best when they’re wrapped in complimentary frames and grouped together on a shelf or table or hung on the wall.
Other irreplaceable items may include your childhood stuffed animal, the blanket your mother knitted, or something that your child created for you. These can have their own designated places throughout your home.
4. Get Permission Before Painting
One of the fastest ways to change a room’s mood is to paint it. This is a non-issue when you own your home, but be sure to determine the rules stated in your lease before you run out to buy a can of paint. Some apartment management companies allow it as long as you agree to paint it the original color before giving up your lease.
If painting is allowed, only paint a small sample of a color you’re interested in on the wall and examine how it changes in tone throughout the day. Both natural and artificial light can alter color and it will look different at nighttime versus during the day.
5. Seek Out Storage-Minded Pieces
If you’re renting a unit on the smaller size (or that is too small for all of your belongings), decorate with furniture that features built-in storage. This may be a coffee table with a lid that opens up, a side table that holds magazines or books, or a bed with hidden storage underneath.
Renting an Apartment in Lawrence, KS
Now that you know some pointers on decorating your apartment in Lawrence, KS, perhaps you are interested in renting one. We have luxury units of various sizes to fit every budget and family size. Search our current vacancies.