Can you say upgrade? Between sticking to the the a binding contract and making a space your own is a thin line of what is acceptable and what will cost you your deposit. Having lived in several different rentals, I know that they're is a huge difference in dealing with a lenient landlord and someone who will nickel and dime you for everything. It's almost been a year since living in our space in San Francisco, and I feel like we finally have a home that looks like, well, ours. We've been super cautious to invest in design choice that are practical and also serve a purpose (some of which I consider "visual simulation".) Here are my top five suggestions and tips that I've used in my space.
Artwork is my favorite way to decorate! I've always loved large scale pieces, and when renting these can be a great alternative to painting. Artwork is extremely personal and often times is one of the first things people notice in a space. As much as I love a gallery wall, oversized art can bright a minimalistic, high-end look to a room.
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The curse of the circle knobs, and the renters that see them as a cheap fix. This is a great way to add a touch of glam to a kitchen. Hardware is something all budgets can afford and is readily available. I recently found a ton of vintage T-Bar handles on eBay for less than $30 dollars, which is a total steal.
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Let's be honest, unless you've scored a historic home or are renting a posh place, lighting is basic! Lighting is a ton of fun to shop for, although it may be more of an investment it can make a huge design statement in a room. I often see spaces with what I refer to as "boob" lights and really can't stand them. Overstock, homegoods, and home depot have a ton of affordable options if your considering a change.
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Plants not only add an element of 'life' to your space, but they look incredible. I love incorporating a combination of smaller and larger scale plants such cacti and a fiddle fig leaf. If you are considering adding plants, remember to also plant them appropriately for the home, i.e in a container/planter that won't ruin flooring (no holes in the bottom!)
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Repeat after me, ditch the vertical blinds! If theres one thing I can't stand in a rental its long blinds, which more times than not end up broken or damaged. Window treatments, including curtains, rods, or bamboo shades are very affordable and can change instantly change the feeling of a space. If you're stuck in a space with lower ceilings position the rod near the top, this will give the illusion of sky-high walls. You can also use curtains to conceal an open closet or storage space.