Living in a rental property has its perks – no maintenance repairs, favorable lease terms, etc. However, there can also be drawbacks. If you enjoy personalizing your space, a rental property can be a real downer. While you are paying to live in the rental property, you must keep in mind that the rental property is your landlord’s investment and they will protect it as such. So, if you’re looking to turn that bland, stark-white rental into a vibrant, colorful home you want to live in, I’ll outline a few ways to achieve that without the risk of losing your security deposit:
Add a Rug – If you want to break up the room with some color, consider the addition of a rug. Depending on the size of the room, add a large, colorful rug in a pattern that’s in line with your style. This can transform a living room without the risk of losing your security deposit. As an added plus, the rug will protect the flooring underneath.
Wall Art – Stark white walls can make a space look too sterile. To combat this, consider adding wall art. Depending on the size and weight of the picture, you may have to make some nail holes. However, filling in nail holes is an easy fix before the end of your lease. If your pictures are lightweight, consider hanging them with command strips. These stick on hooks are designed to cause no damage to the walls.
Lighting – Lighting can make or break a space. And, as a landlord, sometimes it can be risky to spend money on more expensive light lighting only for them to break because of a tenant…so, be prepared for inexpensive light fixtures. To fix this, add lamps throughout your living room and bedrooms. This adds a warm and cozy feeling to any space.
Paint – If you want to add some color to your walls, consider consulting with your landlord before you decide to paint. Sometimes, landlords will be lenient if you let them approve the color and most are okay with neutral paint colors. Stay away from bold colors like red and yellow. Keep in mind; it’s always better to be safe than sorry, ask before you paint any room of the rental property.
Is your rental property space livable and cozy now? Do you have any ideas to personalize a rental space? Let us know! We would love to know how you have transformed your space! As always, if you have property-related questions, we are always here for you.