Creating a brave new world is often hindered by restrictions on the part of the owners. We turn rented housing into our own, without victims and destruction. Unlike apartments for daily rent, which are qualitatively repaired and effectively decorated (often with an invited designer), housing for long-term rent is usually neutral. If not to say dull. For obvious reasons, it is impossible to redo absolutely everything in your own way. But it is quite possible to add character and mood to the interior.
Here are 10 ideas that designers themselves use to arrange rented apartments
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1. “Dress up” furniture
Sew covers on old furniture that the owners of the apartment or house cannot part with. By the way, if you need to “change” a sofa or a massive armchair, it is not necessary to master a sewing machine – you can simply cover the object with a light cloth and tuck it under the furniture.
You can consider the option of “stretching” ready-made covers for furniture (example in the photo). Use paired with a plaid and decorative pillows.
2. Decorate the walls
Are you afraid to drill into the master’s walls to hang your favorite photos or posters? Insert them into frames or passepartout and put them on an open shelf hanging at a suitable height (it is best if the works are located at the level of your eyes). It’s not scary if the frames overlap each other. The advantage of such a solution is that the “exposure” is easy to change depending on the season and mood.
Tip: Try Command picture clip hooks — they help to hang a frame (or shelf for placing paintings) without having to drill the walls.
3. Buy “your” Chairs
Are there not enough seats in the living room? Poufs or bag chairs will help solve the problem. Such furniture is inexpensive, and it is easier to transport it from one apartment to another. You can choose several different poufs that echo each other in color or shape.
Tip: The filler of the bag chairs is “tracked” over time. Realizing this, immediately choose chairs with zippered covers – not only the outer, but also the inner cover must be unbuttoned. Otherwise, when it’s time to restore the elasticity of the chair, you will not be able to add the right amount of “balls”.
4. Buy a pair of table lamps
A typical disadvantage of rented apartments is the lack of lighting sources. Table lamps will help solve the problem – from classic models to unusual designer lamps. After all, they can be placed not only on the table, but also in other places. Put them on the bedside tables if there are no sconces in the bedroom, on the open shelves of the closet or on the chest of drawers in the hallway.
5. Replace the master curtains
Hang curtains of juicy color or with a catchy pattern on the windows. They will immediately change the atmosphere of the room, even if all other furnishings remain in their places. There are other bonuses: curtains in vertical stripes will make the ceilings seem higher, and sewn from fabric in yellow tones will create the illusion that the sun is always shining outside the window.
6. And at the same time – and the carpet
The easiest way to refresh the bedroom interior is to buy a bright carpet. But it is much more interesting to go further – to pick up a bedspread and pillows that echo it in color, or even bed linen.
7. Order a sticker
If the walls in the apartment are painted, and not covered with wallpaper, they can be decorated with special stickers-stickers. When moving, such stickers are easy to remove – there will be traces on the wall.
8. Add colors
A common problem with rented apartments problems is the lack of storage space. If you are going to buy your own chest of drawers or wardrobe, try to look towards the color options
9. Adapt existing furniture
Is there nowhere to put shoes in a rented apartment? No wonder! It often happens that there is nowhere to hang clothes in it. Think outside the box: for example, if you have few books and a lot of shoes, no one prevents you from placing shoes on bookshelves. And in order not to shock the owners, put the shoes on special plastic stands with sides. By the way, instead of them, you can use pallets suitable in size for flower boxes.
10. Add details
A small hallway in a rented apartment can turn into a big problem. How to fit in a few square centimeters everything that you may need at the last second before leaving the house? To store slippers, scarves and gloves, use boxes and baskets made of wire – they do not visually clutter up the space and it is easy to find everything you need in them.