Work it like you own it; having a rental space doesn't mean you have to cut back on the design, especially on entrances. Yes, we know the dilemma at the back of your mind: "Why decorate, if we're leaving anyway?" But, in our opinion, the real question is: "Why not? You live here anyway."
Rental or bought, your home should be a place that speaks all about you. You want it to reflect your style choices, your favourite colours and your dream design. It should a place where you can proudly host guests with an incredible gallery of knick knacks and furniture as they step in the door. While decorating a nest is an easy decision for homeowners, those who are renting find this a tricky decision. Wanting to uplift the sordid appearance of your apartment? Heads up: glamourising your entrance is possible. And the best part: it's perfect for your temporary home.
The thing you need to remember is the length of your stay, and what will be of good use. Removable, decorative pieces are your best friends. Use flexible, modular furniture to decorate your entrance. Avoid bulk as much as possible, especially if you're in need of space. Select practical objects you think will complement your next apartment; or, when you get lucky, your permanent home. What we suggest: versatile shelving, accent tables or drawer, art pieces in white or black frames, and a row of ceramic keepsakes to decorate in details.
Rentals are not known for remarkable lighting objects, but that doesn't mean you can't get one for your own. Your landlord may not permit you to install that lovely chandelier you've been eyeing on, but a plug-in light will brilliantly illuminate your home. We've got two suggestions. The first is a smart, swing arm wall light that you can install by the door to welcome you in.
The Bakelite design offers a nostalgic, vintage appeal. And the second suggestion is a metal cage light that can be hung and plugged on the wall. It's a versatile lighting object that requires no help from a technician.
They work like magic. Spread it out on a dull corner and you'll find yourself your next favourite space. These are perfect for entrances too! Create a warm, distinct space with your entrance by throwing on a colourful geometric-inspired rug, or a woolly, furry fabric to tickle toes.
Set off a different character in your rental by painting the interior with your favourite hue. If your landlord is strict about the colours, you could get away with it by installing removable wallpapers or large artworks.
Literally. A dismal looking rental can turn into a vibrant spot of colour by adding a few potted plants in your interior. Line up your favourite fern and cacti on a windowsill, or create a welcoming little forestry by decorating your doorway with your beloved blooms.
Images via FSV Vintage Industrial Home Decor Pinterest board.
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