There are stylish, affordable ways to personalize your rental apartment and make it feel uniquely YOUR home! You may know that we are renting our apartment in San Francisco and it is a reflection of our tastes and lifestyle. We just helped our son move into his new apartment in West Los Angeles and it’s definitely HIS home.
Ways To Personalize Your Apartment
Here are things that we did that you may want to do too (even if you aren’t renting)!
1. Paint the Walls
When we moved into our apartment, all the rooms were different colors like red, peach, and brown. We had to paint at our own expense (it wasn’t a renter’s market at the time). So we painted everything Benjamin Moore White Dove and I am glad wed did!
2. Change Light Fixtures
Here you can see our daughter, Alie, also painted her apartment BM White Dove and installed the Margarite Iron Chandelier (it’s black but I used Rub ‘n’ Buff in gold on the quatrefoils.
3. Work with Rugs
Rugs are something you can take with you if you move. I am not opposed to putting a fresh area rug on top of wall-to-wall carpeting in a rental place either. You can also layer a rug on top of a natural fiber rug as we did here…
4. Hang Your Art
Art on the walls warms up your home instantly! Our son, Tommy, got this vintage painting of a resort in San Bernardino, California from his grandmother. It was a gift to her husband from Conrad Hilton. It’s great if you can get family pieces (especially large scale), but if you can’t remember to group smaller art together.
5. IKEA Can Be Your Friend
Invest in the best quality you can afford, but when you have a lot to furnish at once, IKEA can come to the rescue. Tommy purchased the above reasonably priced sofa and chair from IKEA. You can change the covers to a different color down the road. I just can’t see buying a used sofa unless it’s from a close friend or family member. That green IKEA floor lamp was also a good price.
And I insisted on buying him this IKEA bistro furniture for his balcony. The weather is so good in West L.A.! I picture him having a beer here after work…or at least it’s a cute view from the living room. The table was discounted in the scratch and dent department (always worth checking) and I never found a scratch or dent on it.
With the six feet of social distancing (and masks), it took us an hour of standing in line to get into IKEA on Saturday (so yeah, that’s l.o.v.e., Tommy!).
6. Consider Removable Wallpaper
We added black and white checked removable wallpaper from Target to the back of our pantry. We also removed the pantry doors which we can put back on when we leave.
There are lots of places that removable wallpaper would work…like a nursery focal wall, back of a bookcase, or a powder room.
7. Use Accessories to Customize Your Apartment, Especially Family or Vintage Pieces
Tommy selected that antique print with me in Paris when he was about seven years old. The table and round placemats (disregard that cup mark on the table) were good deals at IKEA. The chairs were ours that I repainted a few years ago with chalk paint.
Group your collections together, or pieces from your travels to personalize your rental apartment as I have done here.
Those are Seven Stylish Ways To Personalize Your Rental Apartment!
Hope you are having a pleasant week and staying healthy!