There are many ways to bring charm to your rental home and do it on a budget. So don’t let the fact that you live in a rental stop you from having a stylish home.

I live in an apartment, so I know the common refrain: The blinds are ugly. The bathroom is butt ugly. The appliances are tacky. And it’s just so damned generic.

Well, put your creative thinking cap on and let’s figure out ways to do something about it!

Vinyl Floor Cloths

Enter vinyl floor cloths. They lay down like rugs, but they’re more heavy duty and quite durable.

They can be cut to fit your space, so it’s a temporary solution in what may be temporary digs. This one is from Spicher & Co.

This might be a good solution for me, as I have a tile floor in my bathroom and it is cracked in places.

When I had the vanity installed that I ordered January 2017, the guy I hired to install it ended up cracking it even more.

So it’s not at all a pretty sight!

I’ve considered the same kind of flooring I have in the rest of my apartment, which is vinyl planked flooring. But I know it would be more expensive and be a much harder and labor-intensive job.

Peel & Stick Tile Sheets

You can find these peel and stick tile sheets at your big box stores like Home Depot or order on Amazon. Amazon has everything!

This is another option that I want to check out. I like the look of these peel and stick tile sheets, and I really need to cover the painted walls above my kitchen counter because water is always getting splashed on them. And I repainted them not all that long ago.

I would feel better if I could wipe town these peel and stick tile sheets instead of getting the walls wet for sure! I’m planning on checking out prices for these peel and stick tile sheets.

The new apartment management where I live told me that she wants residents to fix up their homes however they want. So I’m going to take advantage of that, as many managers do not want you to alter the look of your rental home.

Window Film

If you happen to live in an apartment, then privacy is often an issue. You can use adhesive film for privacy or decorating.

I really hate my windows. They are thin and cheap. I might think about covering those as well.

I think it would also help on the cost of utilities as well as improving the look of the windows.

I would consider not even raising the blinds, but I have house plants that need light.

Removable Wallpaper

As the name implies, this is removable wallpaper and it is becoming easier and easier to find these days.

If you don’t want to commit to wallpaper for an entire wall, try something on a small scale as in the photo above. 

If you have a fabric that you love, use it to create artistic wall art. 

You can use foam core/board for this project. Using spray adhesive, apply your fabric to the foam core, allowing a few inches of fabric to lay over and above the size of the foam core. 

Then when you have your fabric smoothed out, tape the extra fabric behind it.

You can find the foam core or board at office supply stores.

I might want to try this idea. I don’t know where I’d have room to do it on my walls to be viewed as art. But one idea might be to cover foam core/board with fabric and putting it in the back of my kitchen cabinets.

Then I might decide to take the cabinet doors off again.

Tile Tattoos

These are temporary decals designed specifically for kitchens and bathrooms. I have not tried this on walls. I have used decals on one kitchen cabinet door and on my refrigerator however.

There are other ways to make your home look custom “you.” 

Change out the faucets. I did that. Twice in my bathroom in fact. For not very much money, you can totally change the look of a kitchen or bathroom by switching out the faucets.

Another idea is to change the switch plates on the wall. (Keep the ones that came with the apartment. And then if you move, put them back on and take the ones you purchased with you.)

Change the cabinet hardware. I did this, and it really updated the look. Sometimes it’s the little things you do that make all the difference.

Switch out the door knobs. (My door knobs are old and, to me, quite ugly. I might give this idea some thought.)

You can always switch these things back should you choose to move.

Get creative with Washi tape. It comes in so many colors and patterns now. I’ve been thinking about doing this myself.

If the landlord will allow it, paint your walls. Even if you want to paint just one accent wall, it can make a big difference in the overall look of your rental home. 

With all the wonderful new products on the market today, there’s so much you can do with a rental. Don’t let the fact that you’re renting keep you from having a home you truly love. 

As I always say, love it while you rent it!

You might also like: 10 Decorating Ideas For Apartment Dwellers or   How To Find The Right Apartment.

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  1. I couldn’t believe such small changes can make big changes. You are very creative I enjoyed your ideas. I appreciate you. Thanks for sharing I’m actually going to share your ideas with my daughter and see if she would like to do anything to her Airbnb’s.

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