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Renters guide for a home makeover

Want to redecorate your home but don’t own it? No problem, as a renter there are plenty of ways to give you rented home a sweet makeover in just a weekend. I cam across an amazing article in Better Homes & Gardens that gave me some insight I wanted to share.

  1. You can easily add brighten up a space by adding different types of plants. A couple ferns on shelves, a sequence of pots of flowers on a window will add color to your home.
  2. If it is okay with the landlord, add or change the lighting of the living room or dinning area. There is and endless variety of options for lamps and chandeliers that will go with your style and personality.
  3. Be smart about your space. Adding shelves to keep items organized can be optimal to keep a clean and tidy space. Shelves are practical and serve as a place to display books, artwork, or decorations.
  4. You may not be able to paint the walls, but you can add character to your walls by applying removable peel- and- stick wallcoverings. There is a wide variety of styles, murals, patterns, and even quotes with different fashionable fonts that will accent your wall and transform the whole room; they are also fairly cheap.
  5. Having enough space for everything we own can be a struggle, especially in the kitchen. Optimize your space by adding racks, tray holders, and organizers to kitchen cabinets and drawers. This will make it easier to find what you are looking for but also create more space.
  6. Update your home’s hardware like kitchen and bathroom handles and knobs. These are easy to install, and you can take them with your when you move out to a new home.
  7. Kitchen islands are very practical and make cooking much more functional. If your kitchen is lacking an island, there is a solution for that. There are freestanding islands available that can even be wheeled to make it functional for cooking in a practical way for your specific needs.
  8. Divide spaces by adding a vintage or modern folding screen, a coffee table, or even a standing lamp. Even by placing a big area rug, this can differentiate and separate areas of your home.
  9. Mirrors are a great way to add light to any room or living room. There are mirrors of different shapes and sizes with many frames to pick from to best go with your decoration.
  10. It is hard enough to find enough closet space, especially if you are a girl with 30 pairs of shoes. With special racks, storage bins, and drawer organizers you can get the most out of your closet space. This will not only give you more space but also make it easier to find clothing items. Another way to create more space is by organizing your closet as the seasons change. Keep storage bins under your bed for winter clothes over the summer and so forth.


Wilson, Ann. “Weekend Projects for the Renter.” Better Homes and Gardens, 14 Feb. 2018,

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