Rental living can leave you feeling like you have limitations to what you can and cannot do when it comes to decorating. Even though the place you’re living in is a rental, it’s still home and it should feel that way. There are many simple, yet unique ways that you can make your rental feel like home sweet home – starting with the walls.
Arrange a new picture formation
Nothing makes a home, well homier then having pictures around you of your friends and family, but some people just hate hanging them. You have to make sure they're level, the spacing is right , and if you aren’t happy with the final product you’re stuck with a hole in the wall.
Once you have the framed pictures in front of you, trace the size of each frame onto separate pieces of scrap paper and cut each one out. Use these to tape onto the wall and arrange in a formation that you like. It will probably take a few tries before deciding on your final formation. You can get some ideas for different wall formations here.
Once you've settled on your picture formation, don’t worry about guessing where to put the nail holes. Simply follow this easy way to hang a picture from I Heart Nap Time:
And don’t worry about those nail holes. Believe it or not all you have to do is use a white bar of soap to rub across the hole until it’s filled in!
Go wild with washi tape
In case you’ve missed the craze, washi tape is decorative Japanese tape that mostly crafters are obsessed with, but you can use it too, crafty or not. The tape has a plethora of different uses, many of which can brighten up the dull walls of your rental living situation. Washi tape comes in every pattern and color you can imagine. It can be used in your home for:
- Accent walls
- Picture frames
- On doors and light switch plates
- Around windows
…and just about anywhere else you can imagine. See for yourself here.
Photo source: Ann Kelle
Make creative window treatments
You're probably currently living with those plastic blinds most rentals have, or at least are stuck with drab white blinds of some kind. Adding some window treatments can instantly brighten your home and make it feel more finished. You don’t even have to be a sewer. Hometalk has a great board on Pinterest with ideas to help you:
- Fake window treatments using PVC pipes, dish towels, and fabric remnants
- Make an easy valance using a drop cloth and mason jar lids
- Even make no-sew curtains
If you like the more traditional floor-length curtain look, there are even some unique curtain rods you can make or purchase if you want to be a little daring, but not too much!
Rental living doesn’t mean your walls have to be white, blank and boring. Try some of the out-of-the-box techniques above and show your personality. It’s your home after all!