Are you moving into another graduate student housing dorm soon? Are you packing up and moving for a graduate degree or post doc. into yet another rented space? Or are you staying still, but just oh so ready to have a home of your own? If you flip through some of our Beauty & the Budget files, you’ll see we have lots of tips and ideas to hopefully get you thinking about how to beautify your space, even if it is only for a few months or years. You can even read this post on how strongly I feel about the importance and value of creating a home that really reflects who you are, even though the space might be temporary. As this is the season for moves and transitions, I’ve done some searching online and below are some of the best ‘tips for renters’ that I could find to pass along.
Even if you can’t paint the walls, have you thought of using tempaper (fancy pants temporary wall paper) or purchasing fun chalkboard or sticker decals, or even painting some furniture to give you some color? Have you thought of getting new hardware for the kitchen and bathrooms to give the cabinets a facelift or even taking the cabinets off and storing them to have a fun open storage thing going on? What about embracing bold colors in small spaces through a new rug or curtains or adding more throw pillows to the couch? Lots of fun ideas below to bring life to a rental space. I hope some are helpful and encourage you to make your new abode your own!
* Better Homes and Gardens: 25 Ideas to Steal for your Apartment
* Canadian House & Home: Top Decorating Tips for Renters
* The Daily Buzz: Ten Decorating Tips for Renters
* Salvage Love: Decorating Tips for Renters
Do you have any tips to add?