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20Mar. 2018

How to Spruce Up Your Rental

You rent for all kinds of reasons - you’re not ready to buy, can’t afford to own, or still figuring out what you want to do with your life. Just because you rent doesn’t mean you shouldn’t love where you live. Landlords can be strict about how they’ll let you redecorate, and most won’t allow anything permanent. But you still want to make your home your own, even when it’s a rental.

Here are some non-permanent ideas to add your own personal touch to your rental and love the space you’re in.

Brightly Colored Accessories

Almost anything can be painted -- shelving units, old furniture, wall-hangings, anything. Hit the flea market, go to the thrift store, or pick up that weird chair that has a “Free” sign on it. Take it home and buy your favorite color paint. Put it on the wall or stick it in a corner as a decorative piece or added storage. When you get tired of the color, it’s easy to paint over. Best of all, when you move, you can take it with you.


Throw pillows are an easy way to decorate any space. You can make your own if you’re crafty or you can buy them at a discount store. Put them on your couch or chairs, but also, stack them in corners as a way to decorate the space. If you get large pillows, they can make sitting on the floor to play games or watch a movie more comfortable. You’ve added style, comfort, and (possibly) seating.

Potted Plants

Some landlords won’t let you plant things or build flower beds, and many rentals have no space for a garden. Potted plants are a great alternative. You can paint the pots to add a special touch. Choose your favorite colors, add designs, or try chalkboard paint so you can easily label what’s in your pot. Grow an herb garden, plant seasonal flowers, or keep aloe or cacti around since they’re hard to kill.

Rolling Carts

Everyone needs more storage but putting up shelves means you’ve added holes to the wall. If you’ve got an old rolling cart, cocktail cart, or microwave cart or can find one cheap, decorate it with paint or Washi tape and set it in a corner. You’ll have extra storage space plus, when you want a change, it’s easily moveable to another corner or room in your rental.

Ladder Shelving Units

With an old wooden ladder, you can do all kinds of things. Stand it up, closed, and use it as a towel rack in the bathroom. Attach pieces of plywood between the steps and create a shelving unit. Finish it for a natural wood look or paint it your favorite color. Put it wherever you need it, and enjoy the storage and the way it improves the look and feel of your home.

Line Things with Fabric

Tack fabric up on the wall instead of painting. Use fabric as a backsplash in the kitchen. Put fabric down in place of shelving liners in your cabinets. Putting it up is easier and quicker than paint and gives you a lot more options for designs and colors. Plus, when you move later, it comes down easily.

Protect Your Stuff with Renters Insurance

With all the time you’ve taken to make your rental feel like your own home, it’s a shame not to protect your things. If there’s a storm or fire that damages your rental, your landlord’s insurance fixes the building. You’re responsible for replacing your personal belongings, though. Renters insurance takes care of that for you at a fraction of the cost of other insurance.

You’ve worked so hard to make your home look nice. Make sure you can get it back to normal after damage or theft. Ross Insurance can help you find an affordable renters insurance policy. Contact us today.


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