Décor & Style

6 Ways to Make a Rental Feel Like Home

While most apartments and rental homes are by their very nature temporary, you can add some simple touches to make any space feel like your permanent home. By injecting your personal style and creating a comfortable oasis in the space you have, you can adapt any area to be uniquely yours--and take your new furnishings along with you when you leave, too.

Personalize Your Space
Some landlords do allow you to make minor changes that make a unit more “you;” check with your landlord to see what you are able to do in terms of modifying your new rental home. If you can paint, add pops of color to highlight specific areas and quirky details -- but be prepared to paint over in a neutral color when you move on.


Use a single dramatic color to create a striking background you can easily repaint before you move on.

If you have a green thumb, then set up a variety of houseplants to add texture, color and style to your home. Whether you choose a stunning and on-trend bowl of succulents or a single exotic orchid, the plants you choose reflect your personality and make even a boxy rental unit feel more like home.

width=1024 A few potted plants can liven up your space and make it feel like home.

Area Rugs
Since most rental units are by their very nature high turnover, landlords opt for utility when it comes to flooring. Cover boring builder’s carpet (or worse) with area rugs that suit your decorating style. You’ll be able to inject some of your own personality into the space while you live there--and take the rugs with you when you move on, too.

width=1024 Cover blah or boring floors with coverings you can easily take with you when you move.

Books and Decorative Pieces
Don't save your favorite books and art pieces for your real home--break them out and enjoy them in your rental. Displaying these items that are uniquely you helps you truly personalize your space and make it into a home.

width=1024 Surround yourself with things you love, from art to books and even travel mementos.

Removable Wallpaper
Wallpaper doesn’t have to be forever--and picking up a few rolls of paper designed to be easily removed allows you to customize your temporary space. Ideal for a bath, entryway, or even a larger room, temporary wallpaper expands your options considerably and creates a more homelike backdrop for your belongings and décor. Removable paper is also great for kids' rooms, since it protects the walls from unauthorized artwork and makes cleanup a breeze.

width=1024 Add color and design detail with removable wallpaper; then peel away when you leave.

Invest in Real Furniture

Even if you don’t have a huge budget, investing in pieces you’ll love for a lifetime makes your new digs feel more like home. Whether you buy right from the furniture showroom or pick up pieces as you find them at estate sales and consignment shops, buying items you’ll truly love will help your rental feel like your home. Investing time counts too--simple DIY makeovers and a fresh coat of paint can breathe new life into sturdy older pieces. Opting for real pieces instead of temporary ones allows you to build a collection you can keep--and keeps you from living with folding chairs and lawn furniture while you rent.

width=1024 Skip the lawn chairs and bean bags and opt for pieces you can use for years to come.

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