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Tricks to Make Your Rental.. Not Look Like a Rental



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I’ve had countless conversations over the years with people about decorating rented homes. 8/10 people who I talk to about this subject feel like their rented space isn’t their home, hence the reason why they don’t decorate it.

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This makes me so sad because you should always feel excited about the space you live in! I’ve compiled my go-to tips below on how to transform your rented space and turn it into a true home you’ll never want to leave.

1. Never leave a wall blank

This is definitely a popular mistake with renters. Blank walls simply feel cold and uninviting. Make sure to give each wall in your home some love, whether it be hanging art or a large mirror. Also, don’t be afraid of nails! When you do decide to move out, you can fill those holes with caulk.

2. Don’t match furniture

Yes, we, renters, all love Ikea. However, a rookie renter mistake is going there and buying matching sets of furniture. For example, instead of buying a matching sitting chair and couch, buy a chair in the same fabric as your couch but in a different color.

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3. Decorate your kitchen

Whether it’s adding art to the wall or replacing the hardware, your kitchen deserves some love. Most renters feel like they can’t do much with their kitchen due to renter restrictions, however, you can make drastic changes in the space with a little creativity!

4. Add paint or wallpaper

Most landlords will allow you paint as long as you paint it back the original color when moving out. Another option is to try removable wallpaper. I am obsessed with wallpaper and can’t wait to experiment with it in my next apartment!

5. Adding small details

It’s the smallest details that create the biggest change. Even just adding some books and decor to your coffee table can create that “homey” feel you’ve been missing out on. The #1 thing people compliment me on when walking into my home is all the detail I put into the space using small accents and decorative objects. 


Hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you have any comments or questions below!

xo, Chelsey


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  1. Great post, Chelsey! I need to set some time aside to just start from the beginning of your blog! Pinning!

  2. Vanessa Meschke says:

    If your lease says you’re not allowed to paint, but you would still like to ask your landlord for permission to paint, do you have any tips?

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