How to Update your Rental Without Violating your Lease

Love where you live by showing your place some TLC. While we all know that there are some leases that may be more restrictive than others, there’s always a way you can spruce up your rental for low cost—and even less effort.


If you’re not able to drill in holes due to leasing rules, then damage-free wall hangers can hold lighter pieces of art. Hang your favorite prints, photos or paintings above your bed where you might otherwise have your headboard. Another alternative is to use an adhesive headboard—a wall decor that outlines the image of a headboard. These come in an assortment of shapes and colors and can be a fun way to add design to your room without drilling.


area rug

If your new place doesn’t include original wooden flooring, there are some quick fixes. For something a bit more easy on the eye underneath your feet, area rugs and runners are great additions to most spaces within the apartment. And even if you do have great flooring, a small area rug can make the room that much more comfortable and inviting.


The easiest thing to do to add more pop to your cooking space is change out the hardware on the drawers and cabinets. Finding antique pieces or even an eclectic group to mix and match can add personality to your kitchen. Original hardware can be stored and put back before moving out.


Accent Wall

Paint over your basic white or beige walls to make your rental seem more like a home. Renters usually need to paint the room back to the original color before they move out, so check with your lease or your landlord. If you don’t feel like painting, try decor that is easy to apply and remove. Adhesive murals are a stylish way to bring a pop of color or pattern into any room, or for an accent wall. And, if you need extra hook space, buying adhesive hooks in chrome-finish are the best mix of form and function.

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