4 Inexpensive, Landlord-Approved Updates You Can Make While Renting

Creativity can be limited when you live in a rented apartment, house, or condo. Stock colors and standard tile selections tend to be quite blah (for lack of a better term), but that “no damage” clause in the contract can be incredibly restrictive. If you want to add a bit of personality to your space without causing trouble, keep reading!

Ahead, we’re rounding up a few (relatively) easy and inexpensive ways to give your rental a facelift. Best of all, none require construction or demolition, so you probably don’t even need to ask your landlord for permission. Score!

#1 Give your backsplash a blast of color. 

Use temporary wallpaper, faux tiles, or contact paper to give your kitchen a little style without sacrificing the beloved security deposit. The options are endless these days! For areas prone to splashes or messes (like behind the stove), go for a durable selection that can be wiped down regularly. Pro tip: If any sticking or glue remains after you try to peel off your temporary fix, a bit of Goo Gone will become your best friend!

#2 Light up your life. 

Did you know that light switch plates are actually super easy to swap out? It’s true! Find ones that add a little character or modernity to your space (or, at least aren’t an aged, crusty yellow), and just save the originals to pop back on when it’s time to move out. 

#3 Give a nod to your cabinet knobs. 

The key to rental upgrades is reversibility. Luckily, one such switch is on full display in your kitchen at all times: the cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Find ones you love in the correct, already-existing size, and go cabinet crazy! Just like the light switch plates, you’ll simply swap them back before you say farewell. (Unless they are a huge improvement — in that case, your landlord may want to keep them!)

#4 Give your mirrors an instant makeover. 

A plain sheet mirror is often the standard in apartments and condos — and unfortunately, boring is also the standard. Luckily, it’s super easy to add instant wow-factor to your mirrors with Add A Frame! Get a totally custom mirror frame shipped right to your door, no matter the length or height you’re working with. It’s an affordable option that can really make a rental bathroom look polished and personalized. 

Add A Frame options include tons of styles and finishes — shop the range now to find your perfect fit. 

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