Many folks who rent apartments in west Columbia, SC wonder how to personalize their space. You don't want to spend a lot of money on sprucing up, but you want it to look and feel like home. There are actually lots of ways you can make your rented home feel like something a little more permanent...
1. The floor
Set up your main living spaces with some large rugs, neutral is probably best as you don't want to clash with the carpet in the places you can't cover. Do this and watch the room change into something a little more to your liking.
You could even go one step further and buy some carpet off-cuts/end of lines that can be held down by furniture - done right it can look neat and tidy and you can take them with you when you go.
2. The walls
The color of the walls is nothing that some nice artwork won't fix. Artwork doesn't have to be expensive either - from special family photos to a cool postcard or just a picture you like - grab a frame and put it up. Walls are no longer restricted to just one picture either, with cluster galleries a popular way to display art. Another idea is using wall decals, which can be relatively cheap and are easy to remove.
Curtains are also a really easy thing to change, and you aren't wasting money because you can take them with you! Just store the blinds/curtains that came with your rental in a dry place out of the sun and they can just be put back up when you leave. As a bonus, thermal backed curtains will help keep the warmth in over winter, reducing your power bill.
4. Pot plants
Both inside and out, pot plants are an easy way to style your rental home without feeling like you are putting money into a house that isn't your own.
5. The little things
Sometimes it is the little things that count and that is certainly true for personalizing your rental. Don't like the lampshades? Change them - easy to do and they can go with you when you leave. For instance, with recessed lighting use a low wattage bulb to take them 'out of the spotlight' and instead use stylish floor lamps that will provide functionality while adding to your décor!
Another cool idea is to swap out all your kitchen cupboard knobs/handles as they are simple to replace when it is time to go - just make sure you buy ones that fit the existing holes.
There is plenty you can do while living in a rental to make it feel like home, and never underestimate the power of a good clean once in a while. Depending on your relationship with the owner, as well as your length of time living at the property, you might even be able to make more permanent changes - just ask before doing and it is advisable to get approval in writing.
At the end of the day, it's the place you call home.