Though moving into a bland rental apartment with lots of decor limitations can be a bummer, it doesn't mean you've got to stay stuck with a home you don't love — or that doesn't express your personality. Use one or more of these proven tricks for renters for a big impact on the look of your space — without spending a lot of money, either.
1. Paint or personalize an existing furniture piece
You might not be able to paint your walls thanks to a strict lease, but one of the easiest ways to inject a lot of personality into a room is by painting on a lot personality (in the form of color, texture or pattern) to an existing piece of furniture. Remember though, that you don't have to do a lot to bring about a big personality change — even just a well-placed design detail can be attention grabbing and put your mark on a space.
2. Dabble in removable wallpaper
Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to make a room scream "you," but of course, if you can't paint, you probably think you can't have wallpaper, either. Well, you'd be wrong. Today's selection of removable wallpaper is more impressive and personality-filled as ever, and worth delving into if you're looking for something to really make your rental stand out. With a bold or colorful enough pattern you wouldn't have to even use a lot; just one wall or one part of a wall could do the trick. And of course, you could use non-removable wallpaper in non-permanent ways (like framing) to add personality, too.
3. Layer rugs
Unless you're quite lucky, you might not have the best floors in your rental. In fact you might even have old carpet. The thing you're going to want to try is layering rugs. Though it's true it might come off a bit bohemian (and if that's not your style, this might not work for you), but layering small to medium rugs over floors you don't love gives you control over disguising those floors, and creating your own hip look under your feet. And since buying smaller rugs to layer can be more affordable than buying big versions, you can save some money. Or you can try and keep to budget by DIYing patterns on more affordable rugs, too.
4. Nail the lamp game
You're going to want to really ace the lamp lighting situation in your rental for several reasons. One — great lighting creates an undeniably awesome atmosphere that can make even the most blandest of blank rentals look warm and inviting. And two, dynamic lighting in a space is always a great addition to someone's style. And since you might not be able to do any drilling in the walls or ceiling to hang pendants or install wall-mounted lights, upping your lamp game is a natural and easy way to add personality to a rental. Don't neglect upping each individual lamp, either, by tackling old lampshades. It can be a fun DIY way to add a spot of color or pattern.