3 Ways to Spruce Up a Boring Rental

3 Ways to Spruce Up a Boring Rental

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 20, 2014
(Image credit: Belathee Photography)

In a perfect world, everyone who rents would be living in a charming pre-war apartment with original vintage detailing... but in the real world, sometimes you have to settle for a place that meets your needs but is a little bit blah. The good news is, just because you're renting doesn't mean you can't give your place a little pizzazz. Here are 3 simple (and landlord-friendly!) projects that will have your apartment bursting with personality in no time.

A wallpapered accent wall is a great way to add charm to a boring space. You could find some temporary wallpaper that you love, like Katie Hackworth did for the girls' bedroom in her Seattle loft (pictured above), or try this neat trick for hanging even permanent wallpapers so they're easy to put up, and easy to remove.

Paint is another easy upgrade that can have a big impact. If you're not feeling up to the task of painting a whole room (or even a whole wall), knowing that you'll eventually have to paint it back, why not paint just the inside of your front door? You'll have all the fun of a bold new color with a fraction of the work.

And finally — hardware is a little thing, but it can have a big impact on the feel of a home. Why not replace some of the cabinet pulls or doorknobs in your home with vintage ones (maybe from an architectural salvage store)? Your new hardware will give your new apartment instant vintage charm, and you can take it with you when you go.

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