If you live in a rental, or a sublet like me, then you know you have only a few options when it comes to decorating. Not only am I living on someone else’s furniture right now (and someone else’s mattress… gross), but I’m in someone else’s home. None of my decorations can be permanent, which makes personalizing my space a little tricky.
Luckily, I’m a creative thinker and determined to make my tiny apartment feel like my own little sanctuary, so I’ve found a few ways around it.
1. Coffee beans. Add them to anything and everything you can. A big container of whole coffee beans is rather cheap, they smell good, and add some eclectic funk to your decor. I’ve used them to hold make-up brushes in old jars, and at the bottom of a candle holder.
2. Get some funky lights. Before moving, I got Rose Flower String Lights. Unlit, they are white fabric, so they look pretty against the white curtains that came with my apartment. And lit, they add a soft yellow glow to the room. Drape them over some shelves, above your closet, or above your window, like I did.
3. If your apartment is severely lacking in storage space, make the things that have to sit out look good. I took some ceramic containers from a thrift shop, then added some $10 chalk board decals from Crate and Barrel to make fun labels. Saved myself some cabinet space, but also added some decor to my kitchen.
4. Hang pictures and decorations with leaving a mark on the walls with velcro Command Picture and Frame Hanging Strips. I put up my entire gallery wall using just velcro strips. Each hung-up piece means something to me, which really makes me feel like this is my home.
5. Repurpose whatever you can. I always save glass jars, no matter what. I turned burned up candle into a wide-mouth coffee-bean-filled glass jar for my make-up brushes, and a old salsa jar holds cotton pads in my bathroom. Adding a shiny spray paint to old items can make them look expensive. Gold, copper, silver, or whatever on cheap plastic decor can really make a difference. I did some spray painting myself a a few months ago, and I’m still loving how it makes some of my cheaper finds look more expensive.
Got any other ideas to cheap ways to dress up your rental? Let me know!