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Making The Most of Your Rental Apartment

Making The Most of Your Rental ApartmentIf you’re a renter, it can be tough to figure out how to personalize your apartment without making any changes to the property. You can’t just rip up the flooring or tear down the walls to change the space. So how do you make your rental apartment feel more like home? It all starts with a little bit of creativity.

Incorporate A Little Bit Of You

It is important to remember that whether you’re renting for the short-term or the long-term, your apartment is your present home. You want to make it as welcoming and comfortable as possible. A little bit of you goes a long way, and by keeping some basic do’s and don’ts in mind for your apartment, everyone who enters will see the “you” shine through.

Do:

• Add more light. Lighting can be the easiest upgrade you make to your apartment. Overhead lighting works well when you need bright light to work by, but lamps bring in a warm quality. Focus on a fashionable table and floor lamps placed in dark corners or on side tables. Even swapping out a lampshade or two can make a drastic impression.

• Accessorize. New window dressings and accent rugs can give your place a personalized feel without making any permanent changes. If you have hardwood floors or carpeting, a few area rugs will bring in warmth and customization. In the kitchen, new gel mats go a long way toward style and comfort,

• Accent the walls. Hang pictures, mirrors, or anything decorative on the walls that won’t leave huge holes when you vacate. Wall mirrors bring in light and make your space feel larger, while tapestries can transform a room without permanence. Consider pictures, lithographs, or classic artwork to personalize your space and make a statement.\

Don’t:

• Wrestle with wallpaper. This might seem like a good way to express yourself, but it’s something you should stay away from. Removing wallpaper is difficult and messy, and you don’t want to deal with that problem down the road. If you want to add accents, consider peel-away paper and decals to make a bold statement

. • Paint the wood. Wooden doors and door frames need to stay that way. Anything natural, no matter how you feel about it, is dangerous to toy with. Stay away from painting it, and let wooden accents highlight your accessories. When it comes to crown molding and baseboards, the original glossy white keeps it natural.

• Go overboard. It’s a home, but it’s not a resort hotel. Keep the changes visible, but subtle. Have fun with one-of-a-kind thrift market steals and creative designs. Pick up a few items and let them be your focus. \

Getting creative and making the most of your apartment is easy when you rent from Lockwood Estates. With a variety of living options available, you’re sure to find the perfect new home that is a reflection of you. Contact us today for more information.