As a renter, you may be really limited in the changes that you can make in your apartment. Don't let that discourage you from signing the lease on that perfect apartment for rent in your area. There are a lot of great ways to make alterations to an apartment without violating the permanent change clause in your lease. Here are a couple of ways that you can make your apartment space your own without running afoul of your landlord.
Use area rugs to cover old carpeting. You can find them in many sizes, which means that you can pick one that's similarly sized to the room. This will cover the entire carpet with ease. Another great benefit of the area rug investment is that you can tailor the colors to match your interior decor. These rugs are easy to roll up and store when you move, or you can bring them to your new place since they'll already match all of your furniture.
Adorn the walls with temporary treatments. There are a lot of different ways to decorate your walls without making permanent changes like painting. For example, there are removable wallpaper products, adhesive decals, and similar materials. These will adhere to your walls and then pull off without any damage when you're ready to move out. In addition to these, you can also consider painting with solid paint colors or even something unique like whiteboard paint or chalkboard paint. Just invest in some plexi-glass or thin sheet panels, adhere them to the walls and paint them in the color of your choice. Then, you can take them down before you move to restore the original appearance of the walls.
Add reflection and light near the ceiling to combat low ceiling heights. Consider installing removable wall trim in a light white shade or at least something that's a couple of shades lighter than the wall paint. Or add some reflective features to help bounce light around the ceiling area to make it appear brighter and taller.
Create privacy and elegance with removable window films. There are many decorative films that provide some privacy from the outside as well as minimizing the ultraviolet ray transfer into the house. Unlike traditional window tints, these are applied like contact paper so they are easy to remove without leaving any residue behind. Whether you want to add flowing etch-like decals or full film that gives a frosted appearance, there are options.
Combat poor lighting by reflecting natural light. Hang mirrors strategically throughout the apartment to bounce the natural light back around each room. For example, put mirrors directly across from windows or larger lighting fixtures to reflect the light from those things back into the room, essentially magnifying that light. You can even use full-length mirrors to help reflect light down hallways and throughout the rest of the area.
Make simple changes in the bathroom. Re-grouting between the bathroom tiles can refresh any bathroom's appearance without making any significant renovations. In fact, applying new grout is easy to do on your own, and it's a cost-effective way to brighten things up and make them look like new. Before you invest in new grout, though, try to steam the bathroom tiles. Sometimes, a thorough steam cleaning may be enough to eliminate some of that deeply set dirt that's caused the discoloration. You can rent a tile cleaner easily, and it's typically just a weekend project.
With these tips, you can reclaim the apartment space and put your own personal spin on it all. Don't worry about landlord restrictions on permanent renovations when you can get the same effect while still being able to remove it easily when the lease is up.
To get started finding the perfect apartment, contact a company like Infinity Properties.