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Making an Apartment Feel Like Home
We all want to live somewhere that we are proud of and that we feel comfortable in. Living in a rental can sometimes feel frustrating. You can't do everything that you could do if you owned the space. Some landlords won't even let you paint. I have a few tips and tricks to quickly make that rental space feel like a real home and less of a temporary home.
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Wallpaper used to be the worst thing you can do to a rental, with the tedious labor that was put into putting it up and tearing it down. But with the help of self-adhesive removable wallpaper, you can now make your rental look like your own space. You have full control when introducing wallpaper to your space. You can go extremely dramatic or subtle. That's the beauty of it.
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Adhesive Counter Tops
Adhesive paper has easily become one of my favorite ways to bring temporary change into a rental. I've covered old bathroom tile floors, kitchen counter tops and more. There are so many colors and patterns to choose from and it looks like the real deal. Best part is, it's easy to clean and fast to remove at the end of your lease.
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Lighting in a rental
Every light is swapped out the second I move into a new rental. It's usually the first thing that I do. I store the originals in one spot so they can quickly be switched back to its original form. The lighting you choose makes a world of a difference and you're investing into something that can be followed with you from home to home.
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This one is kind of a no brainer but also seems to be overlooked. Adding throw blankets and pillows that are textured and vibrant in color gives your space an instant face lift. If you're on a budget but have the design bug this is your way out to a quick transformation.
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For me, it's important to love the space I live in even if it calls for a little bit of labor. You can paint walls (usually) as long as you paint them back! White brightens everything up and goes with all colors of furniture and aesthetic. So, if you are moving into a place that has color on the walls, start by painting everything white -- it will give you an idea of what colors will work and what will not. Once you've gotten that taken care of you are able to venture out with bold colors.
Photography: Hailey Wilson
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One of the most frequently asked questions is whether or not you can lay a rug over carpet and my answer is YES, YES and YES. As a matter of fact, you should put a rug over old rental carpets. A rug completes a look and ties everything together. It's an automatic face lift that you'll never look back on.