Guest Post by Andrea Davis
It’s natural to want to customize your space if you live in a rental. But many property owners discourage tenants from making permanent or major alterations. Even so, you can enhance your home with temporary design solutions that reflect your style without permanently altering your dwelling. Always check with your landlord before making even minor changes.
#1 Cabinet Makeover
You have several options if your rental is outfitted with dated kitchen cabinets. First, you could remove the doors to enjoy open cabinetry, which is a popular trend. Or, you could cover your cabinet doors with contact paper to disguise their dated appearance. If you choose to move, you can easily replace the doors or remove the contact paper. You can also purchase contemporary cabinet hardware from your favorite home improvement center. Hardware is easy to switch back in the event of a move.
#2 Window Treatments
Many rental units come with basic window treatments. But you can create more elaborate treatments to improve the looks of your rental. Depending on how much you want to spend, you could even invite a contractor over to measure for shades or install a drapery rod so you can hang new panels.
#3 Removable Wallpaper
If your lease has a clause that forbids you from painting the walls, as many agreements do, consider adding removable wallpaper. Have a professional apply this feature or you can tackle it yourself. Temporary wallpaper is easy to remove and won’t affect the wall beneath it. Today, removable wallpaper is available in a myriad of patterns and hues.
#4 Light Fixture
Some landlords allow you to swap out light fixtures as long as you replace the original before moving out. It’s best to hire an electrician to avoid damage to your rental and personal injury. Installing a new fixture is a great way to update the look of your space if your rental is on the dated side.
#5 New Bathroom Features
You have several options when it comes to updating your bathroom décor. Small changes like replacing light switch plates and mirrors can make a difference in the appearance of your room. You can also improve the functionality of your bathroom by replacing your shower head with a luxury model. If you’re strapped for space, consider purchasing a slim cabinet to store your toiletries and create a more aesthetically pleasing setting.
Adding multiple rugs can update the flooring of your rental. Not only can you take your rugs with you when you leave, but you can also enjoy the attractive update they bring to your current setting.
#7 Add More Counter Space
Many dated kitchens lack adequate counter space. You can purchase affordable stove-top counters, but they are often cumbersome and make cooking difficult. Consider investing in an island that’s topped with a butcher block. You can purchase a prefabricated model from a home improvement center or hire a carpenter to build one from scratch.
These updates are temporary and will improve the looks and comfort of your rental. Always check with your landlord before making any changes.
Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+