1. Adhesive Wallpaper
Removable adhesive wallpaper is a renters dream. It gives the desired effect of wallpaper without the frustration/disaster of trying to peel it off. Similar to regular wallpaper, it usually comes in a roll and can be cut to size. There are some amazing options out there right now- see below for some of my top picks!
2. Glass Tile Backsplash
Alright, this DIY isn't for the faint of heart, but I'd say if you're planning on staying in your place for awhile, adding tile backsplash to your kitchen or bathroom will make a world of difference! Check out this ingenious tutorial via Four Generations One Roof
3. Adhesive Countertops
I saw this kitchen transformation via @SimplyGrove on my Insta feed the other night and seriously couldn't believe my eyes- can you believe that marble is adhesive?! An ingenious way to update some lackluster countertops Check out the tutorial here.
4. Stainless Steel Cover for Fridge & Appliances
Cover up those used-to-be-white-now-beige appliances with Stainless Steel Adhesive Tape- stainless steel looks super sleek and will make a huge difference in your kitchen. The adhesive usually comes on a roll and can be trimmed to size. Available here
5. Modular Tiles
Vinyl flooring ain't just for your grandparent's motorhome anymore. There are some awesome options out there these days and can do wonders for your rental. Bonus- if you get modular tiles you can take them with you when you move! Go Haus has a beautiful plank wood style option and I'm also a huge fan of these classic black and white vinyl tiles from Exhibit Flooring Solutions .
6. Washi Tape
This colorful Japanese paper tape is all the rage right now - and it's a craft-lovers dream. Use it to create cool geometric patterns on your walls and doors, add faux "frames" to art or some splashes of color to your walls - let your inner crafter run wild!
7. Area Rugs
Area rugs are your BFF. Period.
In a perfect world, the apartment gods would grant us all the gift of beautiful hardwood floors. But sometimes, that's just not in the cards. Adding an area rug (or layering two!) over your rugs will make a world of difference. Even if you have hardwood floors, adding area rugs, especially in a smaller space like a studio or apartment, will really help define different spaces. I'm also a big fan of rugs in the kitchen- it's nice on the feet and can be useful in sprucing up some not so beautiful linoleum floors. Just make sure you stray away from anything shaggy or high-pile that will shed, attract dirt, and will be hard to clean.
8. Update Cabinets
Unfortunately it seems 'beautiful cabinetry' isn't high up on most landlords lists. Luckily for you there are some things you can do to spice things up. Replacing hardware in your kitchen or bathroom is an easy way to make things look fresh and updated, plus you can take fixtures with you to your next space! Also, if you can get approval from your landlord, painting your cabinets will make a huge difference and can add a great pop of color to your kitchen or bathroom. If they say no, you could try adding temporary wallpaper or adhesive wallpaper to cabs to add some color as well.
Unfortunately many rentals come with the dreaded boob light fixture - they're cheap, give off terrible light, and look like a giant teet hanging from the ceiling. My suggestion? Switch it out for a pendant. If your landlord has their panties in a twist over you changing out the lighting, pick one that doesn't require hard wiring. Also IKEA sells cord kits that can be outfitted with a variety of shades.
10. Update Window Blinds and/or Add Curtains
Step. away. from. the. plastic. blinds. Many rentals come with those weird vertical hanging blinds that make that super annoying sound when you walk by them. Take those puppies down and put them straight in storage and/or a dumpster. Seriously, your landlord will thank you. One of the easiest ways to beauti-fy your space is to update your windows with roman blinds or curtains. Even if you your digs has standard aluminum blinds and you're worried about taking them out, a simple fix is just putting up a curtain rod and having some nice clean white curtains cover them.