How To Actually Style Your Rental (Without Pissing Anyone Off)

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I can’t tell you how sick and tired I am of looking on Pinterest, getting sucked into some damn article that tells me the same styling tips that I can do which I actually absolutely can not. I am absolutely not allowed to change any fixtures, any stupid-ass temporary flooring or cabinetry. At all. I’m really lucky though because we’re the first people to live in this new, modern house.

But you might be so lucky. You might be living in an older place but still can’t change any lighting or fixtures, or you can do it to one area but not another. Look it’s a weird rental game out there no matter where you live, and it’s important to make it feel comfortable for yourself and anyone else you might be living with.

So here are some things that have helped me in the rental places I’ve lived.

holding the keyYou Must Ask For Permission!

The most important thing you must do is ask the real estate or/and owner what can and can’t be done – and get it in writing. For instance, I emailed my real estate for permission to put our flat screen up on the wall as we didn’t have a stand, as well as making sure pictures we were hanging with normal hanging hooks and nails were okay. While we did get permission for these things, floating shelves and narrow picture ledges might be a tricky area because of the bigger holes they leave (and if not done correctly, the damage they make). This might be a something you’re all too familiar with already, but it’s important you know exactly what you can and cannot do – and be a good renter by following the rules.

If you want a quick, prompt response, be as descriptive as you can or send a picture of what you want to do. This helps with framed posters (with a heavier frame) or adhesives.

 

beauty-electricals-org-nosourcePantry And Cupboard Walls Are Your Friends!

Some of the best places to utilise are actually hidden in plain sight. Cupboard and pantry doors are hidden places and if you’re using 3M hooks or any sticky-back adhesive they secure well but also come off really easy (and if you have a hard time getting them off, it isn’t that much of an eyesore).
Great examples are the hair tools hung above in bathrooms, kitchen gloves and BBQ tools (which we’ve done), brooms and mops behind laundry doors and my favourite, little shelves stuck to the empty spaces in pantries. Our kitchen pantry is very tiny so I actually have this saved to try out.

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Amazing idea from makebakecelebrate.

 

 

Think Multi-Use/Purpose Furniture

I can’t think of any negatives to getting a multi-purpose item for your home. If you take two seconds out to either go online and have a look at ready-made items, hacks or try to think of something yourself, it helps you manage your space and keep furniture to a minimum.

 

 

Your Wall Situation…

A lot of rental decorating and tips articles always have painting and making gallery walls some essential part of making walls better, which makes it the most fucking frustrating tip I see.
I can’t paint my fucking walls nor put twenty fucking holes- and if I want a big poster frame up? Fuck that.
Look, 3M hooks can be great if used correctly (even though I’ve had the worst history with the adhesive ripping up paint and wall), extension rods can be handy as well (but also can start making indents in frames and walls if too tight and constantly fall if too loose).

Some things we’ve actually done in our home is leaning big frames or mirrors against walls either side-by-side or slightly overlapping. If you don’t want them on the floor you can also prop them up on bookshelves, desks or get creative with things you have but don’t use much like hard suitcases, as shown above.

Another trendy thing you can try is using washi tape, a pull-off tap in different patterns and colours. However all sticky things aren’t created equal, so make sure to try them out on garage or inner wardrobe walls. That way if you do have an issue, it isn’t in an obvious spot.

 

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Make A Statement With Decor & Furniture Instead

Hope is not lost in making your walls and surrounding areas have some personalisation, character and flair. Aside from leaning our larger frames and mirrors, I have done something similar to the picture below –

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I have some wooden crate boxes like these stacked in my bedroom next to and on top of a small bookshelf. Not only can I change things around but it is a really cool looking area in my room that I love.

Of course, DIYing is a great route to go. Even just a slap of paint can improve basically anything, and one of the things I want to do in the future is to get a dresser and make it into a console/tv stand, similar to the one done below by twotwentyone.net

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The Curtain Situation…

The next annoying thing to work out or negotiate over after walls are window coverings or having curtains. While I have been fortunate and been given permission to put up curtains and my own rods in front of the blinds already installed, you might not be so lucky.

Again it all depends on what you’re permitted to do. This is something that you must ask what can and cannot be done – and done right. I highly suggest you look at what exactly you want, then keep in mind the screws, hooks and rods you will need that will take the weight of the curtains you want to use. I have actually seen the wrong screws, rods and hooks used on heavy drapes, which made everything come out soon after installing and left holes in the walls.

So do your research, head down to wherever you want to get these things (Bunnings, Spotlight, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Homebase etc.) and tell staff what you have planned and what you need to get it done effectively.

 

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Rugs Can Be The Best Item

This is coming from a person that loathes rugs thanks to having a mother obsessed with floor mats and rugs, but rugs can make a boring or impersonal room look and feel cosy and refreshed (especially if you hate your floors). You don’t have to pay much, but do a bit of homework (size, colour, how easy it is to clean, etc.) and look at some you think might fit a space.

We actually have IKEA’s black Hampen rug in our lounge room which not only helps cold butts on the floor, but also pulls the room together and makes it look really nice. It comes to a great deal considering we’ve had it for two years and is still in pretty good condition.

 

 

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Put Thought Into How Many Times You Might Move

This is something that isn’t mentioned at all but it should be on your mind when you want to decorate your place now or in the future. It’s not fun to always think about if you should or shouldn’t buy something for your home, especially if you’ve just moved into a new place and you want to get down to buying new things to make it nice! Yet just sitting down and thinking about what you really want to do with your space and how easy it is to move if believe it might be a possibility will save you money and time in the end.

Again, go to IKEA and see some of their ideas for people frequently on the move or what other countries that have small living spaces and see how people are utilising their space. One great movement that’s been getting a lot of traction again is minimalism and minimalistic rooms.

 

ladder-nosourceC.O.L.T.

This is a dumb abbreviation that came to me at 2am after not sleeping for two days. It was actually “C.L.O.T.” first but it just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

It stands for ‘Caddies, Ladders, Overhead things and Trolleys’, and while I can’t actually read my sleep-deprived scribble or remember what ‘overhead things’ is supposed to be, the others I can enlighten you with the others.

Caddies, ladders and trolleys are different ways you can store or show off different items, like the ladder above or even towel and blanket ladders.
I know I’ve gone on about IKEA but I do love their RÅSKOG trolley because it’s nice and sturdy and the trays are the right depth so shit doesn’t spill out as you’re moving it around.
Caddies are very common to find (usually in a stores bathroom and storage area) and can be used anywhere in the house, whether to organise things on display or hidden away.

I still have no idea what overhead means, but I suppose it doesn’t hurt to look up and do.. something? I don’t know, I’m tired, but I hope this has helped you in bringing your rental out of a blank space and into a comfortable space you love.

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