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The 10 Commandments of Rental Decor

Aug 18 2014 - 10:11am

If there are rules that you as a renter must follow, make it these 10 commandments. Because, while paying your rent on time is important, so too is making sure your place is personalized and stylish. Working within the boundaries of your landlord, it's little things like a new light fixture that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money. And, the best part about this entire list is that you'll leave with your security deposit intact once it's time to move up and on.

Source: Style Me Pretty [1]

Thou Shalt Add Storage

Let's get real, custom cabinetry is not an option if you don't own the place. Since rentals usually lack storage, add your own with affordable Ikea [2] bookcases, simple shelves, or these organizing solutions [3].

Source: Ruth Eileen [4] via Style Me Pretty [5]

Thou Shalt Change the Hardware

Rental hardware is basic . . . your style, not so much. Switching out cabinet pulls and bathroom hardware will make a huge difference. Just remember to keep the original pieces to swap back in before moving out.

Source: Ryann Colleen Photography [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Thou Shalt Ditch Vertical Blinds

They are the ultimate decorating sin [8]! To prevent your space from looking like a hospital room, take them down or hide them under curtains. Again, don't toss — they're essential if you want your security deposit back.

Source: Love by Serena [9] via Style Me Pretty [10]

Thou Shalt Line Cabinets

This might seem trivial and a bit annoying, but lining your cabinets is a must. Not only will it make your kitchen look clean, but also it will mask worn and grungy cabinets without having to paint. Adhesive liner works, but a softer grip liner [11] is better because it's easy to install; it will also prevent glassware from chipping.

Source: Bryce Covey [12] via Style Me Pretty [13]

Thou Shalt Accessorize Like Crazy

It's true, and that's the only way you're going to get a truly personal space. Go to town with throws, pillows, and accents that reflect your style.

Source: Monica Wang [14] via Style Me Pretty [15]

Thou Shalt Avoid Wallpaper

Well, in most cases. Sure it's stylish, but in all honestly, wallpaper is really inconvenient to remove, especially if you won't be in your place for long. If you love the patterned look, consider the removable wallpaper seen in this studio [16] or these alternative wallpaper ideas [17].

Source: Yazy Jo [18] via Style Me Pretty [19]

Thou Shalt Hang Art

No excuses — get your art on the walls! Patching up a tiny hole come move-out day is nothing compared to the impact it will make on your space. No need to create a full-blown gallery wall [20] either. Try hanging one statement piece and resting photos on a mantel or shelf, similar to this home.

Source: Esther Sun [21] via Style Me Pretty [22]

Thou Shalt Invest in Rugs

Especially if your place has carpet! Rugs are an easy way to cover up that not-so-cute carpet and can be packed up with you come your next move. Rugs are also a necessity to keep noise down, especially in older apartments with wood floors.

Source: Natalie Franke [23]

Thou Shalt Emphasize Lighting

This is another trick that many renters often overlook. Take it from HGTV stars Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri [24] who suggest you use lighting to set the tone and make an impact in a rental. Get creative with floor and table lamps that can easily be moved from place to place.

Source: Bryce Covey Photography [25] via Style Me Pretty [26]

Thou Shalt Make the Most of Plants

No yard? No problem. Pots are a great way to achieve the bohemian jungalow look [27] or even have your own urban garden [28]. The best part is you won't have to fret about leaving any of them behind.

Source: Ruth Eileen [29] via Style Me Pretty [30]


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