If you’re like me and have found yourself feeling stuck in a rental that’s just not up to your standards or personal taste yet, don’t sweat it! There are several things you can do to make your space feel more customized, without necessarily breaking the bank – or your lease.
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Hang Some Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper
Add some character and emphasis to those bland areas with removable wallpaper! It comes in a multitude of colorways and prints and is super easy to apply. This is a great way to create a sense of hierarchy within a room through a statement wall, or on a smaller scale for just a little extra detail.
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Swap out your hardware (but keep it handy for later)
Replace dated or boring hardware with something fresh! This is an easy DIY project that can make a huge impact, but be sure to store the originals in a safe place to switch back out before moving day.
On a related note, there’s a good chance your kitchen is also like mine: tiny. Don’t worry; this is one instance where that’s actually good news! You’ll only need a handful of new drawer and cabinet pulls, so you won’t rack up a huge bill at the store (read: this is an excuse to splurge on something funky).
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Try a Faux Backsplash
What many people don’t realize is that ‘peel and stick’ is not just reserved for wallpaper! Similarly, you can find quite a range of options online to conceal an ugly backsplash (or lack thereof). Just be sure to correctly measure and calculate your necessary square footages, and voila!
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Plug-In Fixtures are Your Friend
Another often overlooked option that I love is plug-in lighting! We all know about lamps, both table and standing, but hassle-free pendant fixtures and sconces are out there as well. This is a great way to increase your lighting and also add a feeling of permanence by making your personal mark on the space, without the need for an electrician.
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Vertical drapes are the bane of my very existence, and lo and behold, here they are in my new apartment. While mine are not necessary for privacy nor keeping out unwanted light, I recognize that they *do* often serve a functional purpose.
To maintain this blackout effect, you can conceal your drapes by hanging a dowel in your existing brackets and installing a curtain panel to just one side. This allows you to hide the unsightly things behind a neat curtain while entertaining, but still use them at nighttime.
If you feel you don’t need them altogether, you can also gently remove each existing panel, wrap the bunch together, and stow them away in a closet or under a bed where you know they won’t get damaged. Once you’ve done this, you can then install a tension rod and curtain panels with drapery hooks, which should fit nicely in the existing clips.