We’ve all been there before – you really got used to your rented apartment or house, so you really lived in it – including hanging light fixtures, heavy pieces of art, and maybe even some wallpapering. But then the time came for you to move out, and you find out your Property Management company or Landlord has decided to keep that hefty security deposit you put down due to the “damages” your decorating caused.
Putting up and taking down decorations for your living space are just as much part of the moving process as any other – and doing so with caution can save you a lot of money. In this article we’ll suggest some tips for renters on how to decorate beautifully but within the confines of your leasing agreement.
If you are not allowed to paint your walls but would still like a dramatic difference in your overall decor, consider removable wallpaper. It can be cut into different sizes and be customized to fit your style. Place it on just one wall of a room for an accent wall, or even use it in strips to create your own complex pattern. The best part – it can be easily peeled off when it comes time to move, leaving no damage behind. Removable wallpaper can be found at several major super center stores including Target and Walmart.
You probably have to leave all fixtures in place that were in the home before you moved in (there are exceptions – just ask your landlord!), but a simple yet effective way you can impact the style of your home is with accent lighting. Check antique stores, thrift shops and even Dollar stores to find free-standing lamps, overhead hanging lamps that only require a simple screw into the ceiling to hang, and unique table lamps. Remember you can always spray paint anything you don’t like the color of to give it a whole new feel that will mesh with the style of your space. Good lighting is one of the easiest ways to transform the look and feel of a room!
Throw pillows are a simple way to spice up the current style of your home – be sure to mix and match styles, patterns and colors in order to get your desired look! Already have pillows? Look for pillow covers online at sites like Etsy or Ikea for an even less expensive option. Do some online comparison shopping to find area rugs for your living room and bedroom if you have hard floors or flat weave carpet – make it really fun by coordinating your pillows to the colors in your rugs. Always keep in mind that when in doubt, white and gray look good with everything!
So there you have it, hopefully now you at least have a starting point for decorating your rented home whether you’ve been in it for awhile, or are about to move to it. Remember that once you do need to hire movers in Jacksonville, FL to help carefully transport your things to your new home, T & E Movers is here to help.