Apartment Decorating Ideas — Oh Yes You Can Remodel a Rental!
Does it make sense to put money into decorating a rental? Hell, yeah it does! Especially when a few small changes make a dramatically more efficient use of your space, which is quite possible when your apartment is small. Just check out these 21 inspirational and affordable ideas for small spaces.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to improve a small apartment. On my blog Renov8or, I share a retro renovation in our rental’s kitchen that cost only $350. You can see that the butcher block countertop I scrounged on the cheap from IKEA’s “As Is” department gave us much needed prep space. And a few base cabinets gave us a place to tuck away small appliances, keeping clutter to a minimum, which is so important in a small kitchen. The rest of my $350 budget was spent on kitchen accessories, like the open shelving and the spice bins above the range. I give a complete cost breakdown as well as insider info about finding IKEA price reductions. Though we lived in our rental for just three years, we cooked some fabulous meals in that kitchen at a cost of $100 per year. Money well-spent.
So, how do you embark on a rental remodel without breaking the bank and how do you do it in such a way that you don’t lose your deposit? Our very own creative director Anjelika Temple is embarking on DIY remodel of her apartment right now. Her 12 things to think about in preparation for a remodel is a must-read. Check out her plan and follow her progress for on-going tips and photos.
Got a small-space idea to share? Tag us on Instagram @britandco. Come on — share the love!
(Images via Renov8or)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)